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Reference my earlier post on Funding Opportunities in Environmental Education, and specifically the para related to the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. The USEPA has issued several amendments to this grant program, the most critical of which are,
- the due date is extended to April 11, 2018, and
- you can propose a topic different from the topics listed as the Administrator’s Environmental Priorities which is related specifically to environmental issues relevant to your community
To see the full announcement go to Environmental Education (EE) Grants
To review all the new changes to the RFPs, go to Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice and then click on Summary of Amendments to the 2018 EE Local Grants RFP.
This is the time of year to apply for the many funding opportunities in environmental education which become available throughout the USA. Here are some recent ones of which I have been notified.
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin Notice
- The new Go Outside Fund (GO Fund) provides grants for projects that connect students and teachers in Wisconsin with outdoor learning experiences. Funding helps cover the costs of field supplies, transportation, substitute teachers, or assistance from resource professionals and educators. For a limited time, the Go Outside Fund has additional funding available for schoolyard butterfly gardens and school forests. Applications are due March 31, 2018.
NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation) Notice
- NEEF, with major funding support from US Forest Service (USFS), is offering two new grant opportunities. The first is a Pollinator Grant, where applicants can request up to $1000 to facilitate Pollinator Garden and/Community Garden activities. The second is a BioBlitz Grant, where applicants can request up to $3000 to lead citizen science activities that record the biodiversity of a particular area during a focused “blitz.” Applications are due February 26, 2018.
- NEEF, in partnership with Partners in Resource Education (PRE), has released the request for proposals for the 2018 Hands on the Land (HOL) Mini-Grants. NEEF will award mini-grants to HOL Network sites to support their efforts to provide K-12 place-based learning experiences on our nation’s public lands and waterways. Applications are due March 1, 2018.
- NEEF, in partnership with Toyota, will provide Every Day Capacity Building Grants to Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their organizational capacity to serve public lands. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through November 5, 2018.
Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice
- EPA is making available up to $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. Ten RFPs are being issued nationally, one in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for a total funding of up to $3 million nationwide. EPA anticipates awarding three to four grants in each EPA Region, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. All RFPs are available on www.grants.gov, where applications must be submitted. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. Find the RFP for your Region.
Go Outside Fund application due March 31, 2018 up to $1,000
BioBlitz Grant application due February 26, 2018 for up to $1,000
Pollinator Garden and/Community Garden activities due February 26, 2018 for up to $3,000
Hands on the Land (HOL) mini-grants due March 1, 2018 for $500 to $5,000
Every Day Capacity Building Grants due on a rolling basis through November 5, 2018 for up to $5,000
EE Local Grant Program for your region due March 15, 2018 for $50,000 to $100,00
Note: If you live in Wisconsin, watch the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin website for additional grant opportunities as they announce application due dates.
Volunteer for National Public Lands Day
National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Held every year on the last Saturday of September, National Public Lands Day brings together hundreds of thousands of individual, student and organizational volunteers to help maintain and restore America’s treasured places.
Public lands are managed by public agencies but belong to and are enjoyed by everyone. These special places provide us with outdoor recreation, education and relaxation; volunteering is a way for the public to give something back. The beauty and importance of public lands inspire us all, and we hope to see you outdoors for this year’s National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 30.
Whether it’s volunteering for National Public Lands Day or throughout the year, check out some of the many ways to help support your public lands.
The above was reprinted from U.S. Department of the Interior.