Environmental Education (EE) Grants
Under the Environmental Education Grants Program, EPA seeks grant applications 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 3,800 grants.
The 2021 Environmental Education grant competition closes on December 6, 2021. We encourage you to review the current Request for Applications and our answers to frequent questions to learn more about the current competition. By subscribing to the EE Grants Listserv you can stay up-to-date on all EPA Environmental Education information.
You can find the application instructions on our Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice page.
- How to Apply
- Application Forms
- Helpful Resources
- Webinar / Teleconference Information
- Grants Awarded
- 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.
Complete the Application and Budget Forms, according to the directions in the RFA.
- Each RFA 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 RFA 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 Subawards (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
Submit the Applications Materials.
- Applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov, by following the instructions in the RFA.
You are required to submit standard government forms as part of your application. Please refer to the latest solicitation notice for specific requirements.
- Learn how to apply for a grant through www.grants.gov with a video tutorial series.
- Learn how to Develop a Budget with a video tutorial series.
- Find general resources on how to apply for an EPA grant and training on grants management.
- Application Checklist of Required Elements of an Application (docx)
- Models and Templates
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions about the EE Grant Program
The EPA Office of Grants and Debarment offers periodic webinars on general issues relating to grant applications and management.
The Office of Environmental Education will host two webinars where EE Grants Program staff will discuss how to write a competitive application and address commonly asked questions related to the 2021 EE Local Grants Request for Applications (RFA).
Date/Time of upcoming webinars
- October 21, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (ET)
- Webinar #2: TBD
Archived PowerPoint presentations and transcripts
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 RFA. For other any questions regarding the environmental education grants program, please contact your regional coordinator.
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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. More than 3,800 grants have been awarded nationwide since 1992.
Explore EE Grant Projects
View a searchable list of all environmental education grants to explore details about the types of projects supported by the EE grants program. The list can be filtered by year, state, and EPA Region and the data can be downloaded. You can also conduct a keyword search to find grants, such as those related to environmental topics, types of audiences, and educational methods.
National Environmental Education Statistics
View charts and data that depict national statistics for all EE Grants awarded since 1992. The charts illustrate the number of EE grants and amount of funds awarded competitively through the EE grants program, including:
- Grants by Year
- Grant Funding by Year
- Audiences Reached by EE Grants
- Types of Organizations Receiving EE Grants
- Environmental Issues Addressed by EE Grants
EE Grants Listserv
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EE Grant Calculator
EE grants are required to have a non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project. Additionally, 25% of EPA funding must be used for subawards, with each subaward having a value of $5,000 or less. Use this simple calculator to figure out your requirements.