School Grants


The purpose of the School Grants program is to promote education, research and public awareness in matters of critical environmental concern to the Towns of Brewster, Chatham, Harwich and Orleans, with special emphasis on the Pleasant Bay estuary and watershed. The Grants are offered in two categories: Science and Humanities (Arts, History, and Literature).   

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The FOPB encourage innovative educational projects, centered on the Bay through an annual competitive grant program, open to all public schools in the towns of Chatham, Orleans, Harwich, Brewster, Nauset Regional District and Cape Cod Technical School. Approval of submitted grants will be based on overall project alignment with and promotion of the Mission of The Friends of Pleasant Bay.


  • To promote education, research and public awareness of the Bay area as one of critical environmental concern and as a valuable and important natural resource
  • To preserve open space and to retain visual quality of the Bay area
  • To preserve the environmental integrity of the Bay shore
  • To ensure Bay habitat protection and retention of rich biological diversity and productivity
  • To retain and enhance public access to the Bay’s shoreline
  • To preserve natural and historic sites associated with the Bay
  • To promote public awareness of historic Native American culture and the Bay
  • •To cultivate future stewards of the Bay


  • All applications must be received by April 1st
  • Forward completed grant forms to: Friends of Pleasant Bay PO Box 1243, Harwich, MA 02645
  • The selection of recipients will be made by the FOPB Education Grants Committee along with final approval of the FOPB Board of Directors
  • Grant recipients will be announced by May 1st


  • Grants will be for implementation during the school year beginning in the Fall of this calendar year


  • Grants may be used for Bay related student fieldwork, teacher training, supportive equipment, hardware, software and/or any activity which addresses the stated FOPB mission
  • A Principal’s signature on the grant is required to indicate administrative approval and alignment with school policy and educational goals
  • Grant recipients will submit a written report of their grant progress by Jan 15th of the year in which the grant is provided
  • At the teacher’s convenience, a member of FOPB would like to visit the class or an activity associated with the FOPB Grant project
  • Recipients are encouraged to attend the FOPB Annual Meeting in July to display results of their work for the Membership to view and celebrate

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