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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Education Model Grants Program

Deadline: February 2, 2015

The purpose of the Environmental Education (EE) Model Grants Program is to support model, replicable projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. EE is based on objective and scientifically-sound information and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or a particular course of action. EE involves lifelong learning; its audiences are of all age groups, from very young children through senior citizens. EE can include both outdoor and in-classroom education, in both formal and informal settings.

Projects must address either the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Educational Priorities or Environmental Priorities. Educational priorities include:

  • EE 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 informal 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, from the very young through the elderly, and/or training their educators or community leaders on how to teach, in formal and non-formal settings, in the outdoors and in classrooms, about human health threats from environmental pollution and how to minimize human exposure to preserve good health.
  • EE 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, such as sustainability, water and air quality, chemical risks, hazardous wastes, climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Career Development: Educating students of any age group, from the very young through the elderly, 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 include:

  • 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.

Selections and awards will be for model projects, each of which is to be conducted in at least two different locations during the project period. These locations cannot be in the same state; they must be in at least two different states in the United States, or in the United States and Canada or Mexico, or in the U.S. Territories.

Amount: Total: $576,600 for three grants of no more than $192,200 each. A 25% cash match is required.

Eligibility: Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, 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 Communications Commission.

Link: http://www2.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants

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