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Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Education Local Grants Program

Deadline: January 6, 2020

The Environmental Education (EE) Local Grants Program in Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) will support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

The goal of the Program is to fund locally-focused EE projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide financial support for projects that promote environmental and conservation stewardship and help develop informed, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens in the community(ies) in which the project is located.

All applications must: (1) address at least one of the EPA educational priorities listed below, (2) address at least one of the EPA Administrator’s environmental priorities listed below; and (3) satisfy the definition of “environmental education” as defined in the funding notice.

EPA’s Educational Priorities:

  1. Agricultural Education: Educating students of any age group and/or training their educators or community leaders on how to teach, in formal and non-formal settings, about environmental issues affecting agriculture in urban, suburban, and rural communities – in such areas as integrated pest management, nutrient management, integrated vegetation management, and air, soil, and water quality issues – and how to find creative solutions to such issues.
  2. Community Projects: Increasing public understanding of the benefits of and participation in environmental and conservation stewardship through community collaboration on such issues as water and soil quality, food waste management, increase of locally sourced food in farm to table systems, management of ecosystem health, and/or local fire or flood prevention and fire, flood, or hurricane preparedness as related to human health and environmental protection. Projects can take place in rural, suburban, and urban settings, in a local formal or non-formal educational context, and use outdoor, place-based, experiential, service learning, and/or community-focused stewardship activities as the primary teaching tool(s).
  3. Career Development: Educating students of any age group and/or training their educators or community leaders on how to teach, in formal and non-formal settings, about environmental and conservation issues, solutions, and stewardship for the purpose of encouraging interest in careers in environmental fields, including conservation, natural resources, chemical safety, and water and air quality management fields.

EPA’s Environmental Priorities:

  1. Improving air quality to ensure Americans are living and working in areas that meet high air quality standards
  2. Ensuring clean and safe water by supporting clean drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational, economic and subsistence activities
  3. Ensuring the safety of chemicals
  4. Revitalize land and prevent contamination

Amount: Approximately $300,000 to award 3-4 grants in Region 6 for no less than $50,000, and no more than $100,000 each.

Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.

Eligibility: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, or nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity as defined and licensed by Federal 12 Communications Commission. Applicant organizations must be located in the U.S. or territories, and the majority of the educational activities must take place in the U.S.; in the U.S. and Canada or Mexico; or in U.S. Territories. A teacher’s school district, a nonprofit organization of which an educator or other individual is a member, or a faculty member’s college or university may apply, but an individual, a teacher, or a faculty member may not apply on his/her own. Tribal education agencies that are eligible to apply include a school or community college which is controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation, which is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the U.S. to Indians because of their status as Indians and which is not administered by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=321864

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