Eligible projects should address one of the focus areas of Human Journey, Wildlife, or Changing Planet, and be designed to build geographic competency in students through one or more of the following:
Developing a particular attitude and/or skill of the Learning Framework (curiosity, responsibility, empowerment, observation, communication, collaboration, problem solving) or a cluster of these attitudes and skills
Using the Geo-Inquiry Process to identify a local, regional, or global problem and taking action to address it
Providing learning experiences that will increase students’ understanding of the interconnections between natural and human systems at local, regional, or global levels
Incorporating citizen science activities in student learning to get them involved in their physical environment
Incorporating civic action activities in student learning to get them involved in their civic and cultural environment
Potential outcomes might include increasing students’ appreciation of the natural world, exhibiting increased cultural empathy and understanding, and recognizing the issues and connections between the natural and human systems on the Earth that lead to a planet in balance. Projects should move students from engagement to inspiration to action, and indicate evidence of growth in students’ understanding of the world around them and their ability to effect change at local, regional, or global levels.
Proposed projects may be carried out at various scales—for example, in one classroom or with one group of learners, with a collection of classrooms or groups, in an after-school program, or in an entire school.
The following are a few examples of middle school topics and subjects that may align with the focus areas:
Human Journey – Human Geography, Ancient Civilizations, US History, World History, Culture, Human Migration, Human Environment Interaction, Sustainability, Resources (distribution and use)…
Wildlife – Physical Geography, Evolution and Adaptation, Conservation, Human Environment Interaction…
Changing Planet – Physical Geography, Ecology, Ecosystems, Plate Tectonics and Earth Structure, Weathering and Erosion, Energy in Earth’s Systems, Weather and Climate, Space and the Solar System, Energy and Matter, Human Impacts (e.g., pollution and waste)...
Applicants may request up to US $15,000, although grants are typically between US $5,000 and US $10,000. Please see the Preparing Your Proposal page regarding budgetary guidance. Projects may take place in a traditional classroom or in an informal or out-of-school setting for middle school students. Applicants should clearly indicate the target age range and number of students to be impacted.
In the application form, please select Education as the primary focus.
Please read and verify that you meet National Geographic's Eligibility Requirements before beginning your application.