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.

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

When is the grant application period? Year-round, with a deadline of July 1 for the coming academic year. (For example, applications to fund projects for the 2019-2020 academic year are due July 1, 2019. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year can be submitted beginning July 2, 2019, and are due July 1, 2020.)

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 four levels for grant applications are:

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

When are grant winners announced and funded? Grantees are announced August 1 with funding delivered circa September 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. 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.