Environmental Education (EE) Grants
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants 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. Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year, supporting more than 3,700 grants.
The Environmental Education Grants Program issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) in early spring 2018. That RFP closed in April and 37 grants have been awarded for a total of over $3.3 million. Updates to the website are coming soon.
An announcement about the Fiscal Year 2020 EE Grant Program will be made sometime in the fall of 2019. You can watch this site for that announcement or you can sign up for the EEGrants List Serv by entering your email address in the space provided on this page under "EE Grants Listserv".
- How to Apply
- Application Forms
- Helpful Resources
- Webinar/ Teleconference Information
- Grants Awarded
How to ApplyDetermine Eligibility.
- Applicants must represent one of the following types of organizations to be eligible for an environmental education grant:
- local education agency
- state education or environmental agency
- college or university
- non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
- noncommercial educational broadcasting entity
- tribal education agency (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation and which are recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and which are not administered by the Bureau of Indian Education.)
- Applicant organizations must be located in the United States or territories and the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories.
- Each RFP contains complete instructions for submitting a proposal, including all required information and limitations on format. A summary of the required information is below. Read the RFP thoroughly for application procedures. All applications must be submitted through www.grants.gov.
- Find the forms on the "Application Forms" tab. Materials should be submitted in the following order:
- Two Federal forms: Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424) and Budget (SF 424-A)
- Work Plan (up to 8 pages):
- Project Summary (recommended 1 page)
- Detailed Project Description
- Project Evaluation Plan
- Detailed Budget Showing Match and Sub-grants (not included in the page limit)
- Appendices (not included in the page limit)
- Logic Model Showing Outputs and Outcomes
- Programmatic Capabilities and Past Performance
- Letters Stating Responsibilities of Partners, if applicable
- Applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov, by following the instructions in the RFP.
You are required to submit two standard forms as part of your proposal. Please refer to the RFP for specific application requirements. You must submit:
- SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance
- SF-424A, Budget Information
Find these and other forms at www.grants.gov. You are not required to complete other standard forms as part of your initial proposal. Only finalists in the selection process will be asked to complete federal forms other than the SF-424 and 424A.
Helpful Resources for Applying
- Learn how to apply for a grant through www.grants.gov with a video tutorial series.
- Find general resources on how to apply for an EPA grant and training on grants management.
- Review a template for a logic model(1 pg, 36 K, 11/17/14) .
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions about the EE Grant Program
Webinar and Teleconference Information
The EPA Office of Grants and Debarment offers periodic webinars on general issues relating to grant applications and management.
The Office of Environmental Education hosted multiple webinars and teleconferences to review the 2018 EE Local Grants Program Request for Proposals. Review the webinar and teleconference slides, as well as a recording of the most recent teleconference.
EPA Contacts for EE Grants
If you have questions regarding an open EE grants solicitation, please send them to EEGrants@epa.gov or read the Frequently Asked Questions for the current RFP. For other any questions regarding the environmental education grants program, please contact your regional coordinator.
|Region 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT||
|Region 2 - NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands||Wanda Ayala or Jennifer May
U.S. EPA, Region 2
New York, NY 10007-1866
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
|Region 3 - DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV||Kathy Kirkland
U.S. EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code 3PA00
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
|Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN||Jason McDonald
U.S. EPA, Region 4
61 Forsyth Street SW
Mail Code 9T25
Atlanta, GA 30303
|Region 5 - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI||Megan Gavin
U.S. EPA, Region 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Mail Code AT-18J
Chicago, IL 60604
|Region 6 - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX||Paula Flores-Gregg
U.S. EPA, Region 6
Office of External Affairs
1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200
Mail Code 6XA
Dallas, TX 75202
|Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE||Emily Albano
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
Mail Code RGADOPA
Lenexa, KS 66219
|Region 8 -CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY||Wendy Dew
U.S. EPA, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Mail Code 80C
Denver, CO 80202-1129
|Region 9 - AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands||Eric Canteenwala
U.S. EPA, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
Mail Code LND-2-1
San Francisco, CA 94105
|Region 10 - AK, ID, OR, WA||Sally Hanft
U.S. EPA, Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Mail Code ETPA-202
Seattle, WA 98101
|Headquarters - Washington, DC||Karen Scott
Office of the Administrator/Office of
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW (WJC
North, Room 1426, MC-1704A)
Washington, DC 20460
EE Grants Awarded Since 1992
Grantees are located in all 50 states and various U.S. territories. Each grant addresses one or more environmental issue, and an educational priority such as teacher training, educational advancement, or career development. A summary of these national statistics is provided below. More than 3,700 grants have been awarded nationwide since 1992.
For detailed information on EE Grants, click on the EPA Region on the map below and then click on your state of interest.
Statistics for 1992-2017 (all EE grants)
Types of Organizations
|Local government agency (county/city)||252||$2,891,849|
|School/school district/school board||591||$6,686,485|
|State government agency||162||$4,097,349|
|Tribal education or tribal non-profit organization||68||$900,702|
|General environmental literacy||1,375||$29,057,864|
|State, tribal, and local partnerships||18||$1,857,850|
*Many grants are directed toward more than one audience and address multiple environmental issues, so numbers exceed 100%.