Chrysalis Fund: Apply for Funding

Chrysalis Fund

The Chrysalis Fund fosters the future of entomology through grants to K-12 teachers and other educators who use insects in the classroom to get kids excited about science.

Thank you for your interest. However, the deadline for applications to be submitted for 2021 grants has now passed. We will begin taking applications again this fall for Chrysalis Fund grants in 2022.

Who can apply? K-12 teachers or other educators and organizers of educational programs

When is the grant application period? Applications are welcomed year-round. Applications to fund projects for the 2021-2022 academic year are due June 1, 2021. 

What are the grant-funding levels? The amount of funding available in any year is set by the ESA Education and Outreach Committee. The same scoring rubric is used for reviewing all applications. The three levels for grant applications are:

  • Micro-grants (less than $500)
  • Regular grants ($500-$999)
  • Large grants ($1,000-$2,500)

When are grant winners announced and funded? Grantees will be announced mid-September with funding delivered prior to October 1.

How are grant winners chosen? Volunteers on ESA’s Education and Outreach Committee evaluate all grant applications according to a rubric that considers project concept, planning, and expected impact. Projects are ranked according to the scores produced by the rubric and funding decisions based on these rankings. See the detailed scoring rubric.

What are the reporting requirements for grant winners? All grantees must complete funded projects by July 31 of the following year, and all final reports on funded projects are due to ESA by October 1 of the year following funding. See detailed reporting requirements.