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Download the 2018-2019 Baltimore Schools Energy Challenge Grant application here

From October 2018—May 2019 Civic Works’ Baltimore Energy Challenge (BEC) is seeking to select a maximum of 10 Baltimore City Schools to participate in the Baltimore Schools Energy Challenge (BSEC). Starting in August 2018, BEC will begin advertising to Baltimore City schools the opportunity to apply for acceptance into the BSEC to receive a $1000 grant to help fund energy conservation projects, awareness campaigns, and lessons to be taught by school staff from January 2019-April 2019.

The teacher submitting the application will act as the BSEC liaison for their school and coordinate the inclusion of lessons and activities to be taught and/or facilitated by Civic Works AmeriCorps members from BEC and Civic Works’ Building Brighter Futures education program.

Civic Works’ AmeriCorps participants will make themselves available up to twice per week per school to check in with teachers and students and assist in teaching conservation education, green practices, and interactive activities to the class as it relates to the material that the teachers are currently focused on in their curriculum. The goal is to enhance and inform teachers’ curriculum with how we can approach all topics through a lens of sustainability and environmentalism.

Teachers will submit budgets for use of the $1000 grant toward energy-conservation upgrades and/or awareness campaigns and an outline of how often they plan to include the AmeriCorps participants into their classroom space (twice/week, once/week, or every other week).

Concurrent to the regular lessons and instructions taught by the BSEC and classroom teachers, all BSEC grantees will compete in a multi-school contest to replace the “Power Down” contest of past years. This year’s contest will challenge teachers and students collaborate to develop a project to increase the energy efficiency of their school using a budget of up to $5000. Proposals for the 5k grant contest will be presented in the classroom by teachers and students to BEC and City Schools staff by Friday March 29th, 2019. An awardee for a grant of up to $5000 from Baltimore City Schools to complete the proposed project in summer of 2019 will be selected by the end of April 2019.

If interested in applying for the Baltimore Schools Energy Challenge, contact Adam Martin at or download the application from the link supplied on this page.

Check out our maps showing our activity over the past several years:

2017 Energy Challenge Grant Schools and Hubs

2016 Energy Challenge Grant Schools and Hubs

2015 Energy Challenge Grant Schools and Hubs

2014 Energy Challenge Grant Schools and Hubs

2010-2013 Focus Areas including Energy Challenge Grant Schools and Hubs