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Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Education Local Grants Program

Deadline: April 8, 2016

Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeks grant proposals to support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

Environmental education is based on objective and scientifically-sound information and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or a particular course of action. Environmental education involves lifelong learning; its audiences are of all age groups, from very young children through senior citizens. Environmental education can include both outdoor and in-classroom education, in both formal and non-formal settings.

Applicants must address at least one of the EPA educational priorities and at least one of the EPA environmental priorities listed below. Priorities include:

Educational Priorities:

  • Environmental Education Capacity Building: Building the capacity of agencies and organizations to develop, deliver, and sustain comprehensive environmental education programs statewide. Capacity building proposals may focus on one state, multiple states, or a region of the country.
  • Educational Advancement: Utilizing environmental education as a catalyst to advance state or local educational goals and to improve environmental literacy among students in formal education programs.
  • Community Projects: Addressing environmental stewardship in a local formal or non-formal educational context, and using outdoor, place-based, experiential, service learning and/or community-focused stewardship activities as the primary teaching tool(s).
  • Human Health and the Environment: 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 human health threats from environmental pollution and how to minimize human exposure to preserve good health.
  • Environmental Education Teaching Skills: Providing pre-service and in-service professional development for teachers, faculty, or non-formal educators to improve their environmental education teaching skills and/or knowledge about environmental issues and content.
  • 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 issues, solutions and stewardship for the purpose of encouraging interest in careers in environmental fields.

Environmental Priorities:

  • Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality: These efforts help protect the health of all Americans and the ecosystems we depend on by preventing pollution and increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor and outdoor air quality, reducing industrial air pollution and pollution from vehicles and engines, protecting the stratospheric ozone layer, reducing acid rain, and addressing climate change.
  • Taking Action on Toxics and Chemical Safety: These efforts protect all Americans and the environment from potential risks from pesticides and toxic chemicals and prevent pollution before it begins.
  • Making a Visible Difference in Communities Across the Country: These efforts provide guidelines for safe and environmentally-friendly practices in waste management and support the redevelopment and reuse of potentially contaminated sites.
  • Protecting Water: A Precious, Limited Resource: These efforts ensure that drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife.
  • Launching a New Era of State, Tribal, and Local Partnerships: These efforts provide a sustainable future, through effective collaboration, by expanding investments at the federal, state, and local levels to build capacity via innovative use of skills and technologies in traditionally underrepresented communities.

Amount: $2,730,000 for approximately 30 grants. The maximum award is $91,000. Applicants must provide matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project.

Each recipient (i.e., the “prime” recipient) of a grant under this solicitation will be required to award exactly 25% (no more and no less) of the funds received from EPA to eligible sub-recipients in the form of sub-grants of $5,000 or less.

Eligibility: U.S. based organizations, including: local education agencies; state education or environmental agencies; colleges or universities; non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status; noncommercial educational broadcasting entities; and tribal education agencies (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation).

Link: http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

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