Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Education Local Grants Program for Region 6Deadline: February 25, 2018
The Environmental Education Local Grants Program supports locally-focused environmental education projects that promote environmental and conservation stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. Grants provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental educational practices, methods, or techniques that increase environmental literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in local communities.
Proposals must address at least one of the EPA educational priorities listed below:
- Agricultural education: Education around 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.
- Community projects: Increasing public understanding of the benefits and participation in environmental and conservation stewardship through community collaboration on water and soil quality issues, 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 flood or hurricane preparedness.
- Career development: Educating students and/or training their educators or community leaders on how to teach about environmental and conservation issues, solutions, and stewardship to encourage interest in careers in environmental fields.
Proposals must address at least one of the EPA Administrator’s environmental priorities listed below:
- Improving air quality
- Ensuring clean and safe water
- Ensuring the safety of chemicals
- Increasing transparency, public participation, and collaboration with communities
Proposals must satisfy the following definitions around environmental education (EE):
- EE includes educational activities and training activities involving elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students, and environmental education personnel (but does not include technical training activities directed toward environmental management professionals or activities primarily directed toward the support of non-educational research and development).
- EE will support the development and widest possible dissemination of model curricula, educational materials, and training programs for elementary and secondary students and other interested groups, including senior Americans.
- Environmental and conservation information and outreach may be important elements of EE projects, but these activities by themselves are not EE. EE teaches individuals has to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills on environmental and conservation topics. EE is a continuum that covers the range of steps and activities from awareness to action with an ultimate goal of environmental and conservation stewardship.
- EE increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provides participants the skills needed to make informed decisions and to take responsible actions. EE is based on objective and scientifically-sound information and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action.
- EE involves lifelong learning; its audiences are of all age groups. EE can include both outdoor and in-classroom education, in both formal and non-formal settings.
Amount: A total of $300,000 is available to award three to four grants that will range from $50,000-$100,000. Applicants must provide non-federal funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project. Additionally, recipients are required to award exactly 25% (no more and no less) of the funds received to sub-recipients in the form of sub-grants of $5,000 or less.
Eligibility: Local education agencies; colleges or universities; state education or environmental agencies; nonprofit organizations; or noncommercial education broadcasting entities. Projects must be located in EPA’s Region 6, which includes the following states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.