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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 3,700 grants. 

This year's application period opened on October 24, 2019.  The closing date and time for receipt of application submissions is January 6, 2020, 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET).  We encourage you to stay up to date by signing up for the EEGrants List Serv by entering your email address in the space provided on this page under "EE Grants Listserv" and to review our answers to frequent questions

You can find the application instructions on our Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice page. 


How to Apply

Determine 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.
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):
      1. Project Summary (recommended 1 page)
      2. Detailed Project Description
      3. Project Evaluation Plan
      4. Detailed Budget Showing Match and Subawards (not included in the page limit)
      5. Appendices (not included in the page limit)
        • Timeline
        • 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.

Application Forms

You are required to submit standard government forms as part of your application. Please refer to the latest solicitation notice for specific requirements.

Helpful Resources for Applying

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 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 2020 EE Local Grants Request for Applications (RFA).

Date/Time:

You do not need to register in advance for the Dec. 2 or Dec. 20 webinars. Just join the webinar (above) at the time listed.

Please log on about 20 minutes prior to the webinar to ensure you are able to connect to the Web Conferencing tool and to allow time for troubleshooting should you have any problems.  If you have trouble connecting, please try to copy and paste the link into your browser.  You can also use Firefox or Chrome if Internet Explorer isn’t working for you, if allowed by your organization. If you have any concerns about your ability to connection to the webinar or call-in number please reach out to us prior to the webinar.

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 RFA.  For other any questions regarding the environmental education grants program, please contact your regional coordinator.

EPA Region Name
Region 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

Kristen Conroy
U.S. EPA, Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: ORA 1-4
Boston, MA 02109-3912
conroy.kristen@epa.gov

Region 2 - NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Tasha Frazier or Jennifer May-Reddy
U.S. EPA, Region 2
290 Broadway
26th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866
frazier.tasha@epa.gov or may.jennifer@epa.gov 
Region 3 - DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV Kathy Kirkland
U.S. EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3OCTEA
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
kirkland.kathleen@epa.gov
Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN Melba Table
U.S. EPA, Region 4
61 Forsyth Street SW
Mail Code: 9T25
Atlanta, GA 30303
table.melba@epa.gov
Region 5 - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI Megan Gavin
U.S. EPA, Region 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Mail Code: RM-19J
Chicago, IL 60604
gavin.megan@epa.gov
Region 6 - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX Paula Flores-Gregg
U.S. EPA, Region 6
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75270
flores.paula@epa.gov
Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE Tamara Freeman
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
Mail Code: ORA/OIA
Lenexa, KS 66219
freeman.tamara@epa.gov
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
dew.wendy@epa.gov
Region 9 - AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands Alita Henderson
U.S. EPA, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
Mail Code: OPA-1
San Francisco, CA 94105
henderson.alita@epa.gov
Region 10 - AK, ID, OR, WA Sally Hanft
U.S. EPA, Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Mail Code: RAD 12-D12
Seattle, WA 98101
hanft.sally@epa.gov
Headquarters - Washington, DC Michael Band
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Mail Code: 1704A
Washington, DC 20460
eegrants@epa.gov

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.  More than 3,700 grants have been awarded nationwide since 1992. 

Explore EE Grant DescriptionsExplore 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.

View national statistics for EE GrantsNational 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