Environmental Education (EE) Grants

The purpose of the Environmental Education Model Grants Program is to provide money to support environmental education projects that increase the public's awareness about environmental issues and provide them with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. 

Since 1992, EPA has received between $2 and $3 million in grant funding per year and has awarded more than 3,500 grants. 

Under this program EPA seeks grant proposals from eligible applicants to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings. 

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)
  • 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 U.S. and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories
Complete the Application and Budget Form
  • Download the application forms from the "Application Forms" tab. Materials should be submitted in the following order:
    • Two Federal forms: Application (SF 424) and Budget (SF 424-A)
    • Work Plan (up to 8 pages):
      1. Project Summary (1 page)
      2. Full Project Description
      3. Project Evaluation Plan
      4. Detailed Budget Showing Match (not included in the page limit)
      5. Appendices (not included in the page limit)
        • Timeline
        • Logic Model Showing Outputs and Outcomes
        • Qualifications of Personnel and Progammatic Capabilities
        • Letters Stating Responsibilities of Partners, if applicable
Submit the Application Materials
  • Hard copy: Send your application (original and 2 copies) to the EPA region in which your project will be located by mail or express delivery services. If your project is national in scope or crosses more than one Region, send it to Headquarters. Check the Solicitation Notice or the "Contacts" tab for the correct address. Remember to submit an original and 2 copies and 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 D of the Solicitation Notice.

EPA offers two tutorials in PowerPoint and PDF format on the EPA EE grants application process.
EE Grants Tutorial Part 1(23 pp, 393 K)
EE Grants Tutorial Part 2(20 pp, 214 K)
Access the tutorials in PDF format

Click the link below for a video tutorial on how to apply for a grant at grants.gov:

For a complete overview of how to apply, manage, and complete an EPA grant, please click the link below for more information: http://epa.gov/ogd/training/resources_for_communities/epa_grants_101.htm

Application Forms

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

Kristen Conroy
U.S. EPA, Region 1
5 Post Office Square
Mail Code ORA
Boston, MA 02109-3912

Region 2 - NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Wanda Ayala or Jennifer May
U.S. EPA, Region 2
290 Broadway
26th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866
ayala.wanda@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 3PA00
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN Kathy Armstrong
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 Bonnie King
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 Kathleen Fenton
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
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 Adrienne Priselac
U.S. EPA, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
Mail Code CED-4
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 Ginger Potter
Office of the Administrator/Office of
Environmental Education
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, education reform, or health. A summary of these statistics is provided below.

More than 3,500 grants have been awarded nationwide since 1992

Region 10Region 8Region 9Region 6Region 7Region 5Region 4Region 3Region 2Region 1

Statistics for 1992-2011 (all EE grants)

Category Grants EPA Funds

Students 2,402 $35,273,114
Educators 2,135 $36,219,893
General Public 1,333 $21,248,909

Types of Organizations
College/University 599 $12,013,053
Local government agency (county/city) 250 $2,785,849
Non-commercial broadcaster 15 $687,147
Non-profit organization 1,886 $28,205,410
School/school district/school board 582 $5,899,351
State government agency 159 $3,718,785
Tribal education or tribal non-profit organization 68 $900,702

Environmental Issues*
Air 172 $3,107,933
Biodiversity/ecosystem/ habitat/species 1,014 $15,151,628
Human health 289 $5,107,592
Pesticides 63 $1,145,006
Soil/agriculture 183 $2,715,007
Solid waste 301 $3,521,913
Toxic substances 165 $2,979,775
Water 1,170 $16,178,446
General environmental literacy 1,314 $22,358,042

2011 46 $2,167,287
2010 89 $3,438,507
2009 92 $3,354,289
2008 111 $3,354,158
2007 51 $1,341,747
2006 138 $2,685,467
2005 134 $2,689,803
2004 178 $2,780,786
2003 196 $2,694,765
2002 207 $2,784,719
2001 228 $2,771,464
2000 166 $2,319,305
1999 207 $2,481,059
1998 254 $3,052,456
1997 267 $3,136,405
1996 212 $2,132,323
1995 256 $2,988,884
1994 249 $2,871,118
1993 261 $2,726,521
1992 217 $2,439,234
Total 3,559 $54,210,297

*Many grants are directed toward more than one audience and address multiple environmental issues, so numbers exceed 100%.