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 3,600 grants.
No new applications for EE Grants are being accepted at this time. Application periods are announced through a Request for Proposals (RFP). General information pertinent to previous RFPs is available below. New RFPs will be posted online when available.
How to Apply
The 2014-2015 EE Grants Program included two RFPs, also known as Solicitation Notices. The RFPs, known as the EE Model Grants RFP and the EE Local Grants RFP, are available in PDF format or on www.grants.gov. Information relating to these RFPs is available below for reference purposes only.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)
- 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, including those for applying 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 (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
- Hard copy: Send your proposal (original and 2 copies) to the EPA contact listed in Section VII of the RFP by U.S. Postal Service mail, private express delivery, or courier services. Remember to submit only the materials listed above (NO binders, maps, brochures, CDs, etc.).
- Electronically: Submit to www.grants.gov by following the instructions in Appendix E of 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 available for download at EPA Grantee Forms. 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
- Review responses to frequently asked questions.
- 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 Tips for Successful Applicants.
The Office of Environmental Education hosted several webinars related to the 2014-2015 EE Grant Program competition process.
EE Model Grants RFP Webinar: Held on January 14, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. EST.
EE Local Grants RFP Webinar: February 2015.
EPA Contacts for EE Grants
If you have questions regarding an open EE grants solicitation, please send them to EEGrants@epa.gov. 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
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|Region 3 - DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV||Kathy Kirkland
U.S. EPA, Region 3
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
|Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN||Jason McDonald
U.S. EPA, Region 4
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Atlanta, GA 30303
|Region 5 - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI||Megan Gavin
U.S. EPA, Region 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard
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Chicago, IL 60604
|Region 6 - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX||Bonnie King
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Office of External Affairs
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Dallas, TX 75202
|Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE||Kathleen Fenton
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
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Lenexa, KS 66219
|Region 8 -CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY||Wendy Dew
U.S. EPA, Region 8
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Denver, CO 80202-1129
|Region 9 - AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands||Jorine Campopiano
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|Region 10 - AK, ID, OR, WA||Sally Hanft
U.S. EPA, Region 10
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|Headquarters - Washington, DC||Karen Scott
Office of the Administrator/Office of
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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 3,600 grants have been awarded nationwide since 1992.
Statistics for 1992-2014 (all EE grants)
Types of Organizations
|Local government agency (county/city)||251||$2,876,849|
|School/school district/school board||588||$6,371,351|
|State government agency||161||$4,097,349|
|Tribal education or tribal non-profit organization||68||$900,702|
|General environmental literacy||1,337||$25,158,854|
*Many grants are directed toward more than one audience and address multiple environmental issues, so numbers exceed 100%.