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2018 Environmental Education Program

Grants to Oregon Non-Profits, Schools, Governments
for Activities Promoting Environmental Sustainability

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Oregon Community Foundation - Gray Family Foundation (Gray FF)

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Grants are available to Oregon schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations that: (a) enable fifth through eighth grade students to experience and explore the outdoors; or (b) enable teachers and volunteer mentors to engage in environmental professional development activities.

The goal of the Outdoor Exploration and Community Field Trips funding opportunity is that, by eighth grade, all students should visit a wastewater treatment plant, a water source, and a landfill. Preference for this funding opportunity will be given to:

* Organizations and schools that provide field trips to learn about community infrastructure designed to protect our communities and ecosystems.
* Organizations that create and maintain community natural places located within public transportation districts or that are within biking or walking range of schools.
* Projects that help students, families, and their communities understand, interact with, and support school and community gardens and local farms and food systems.
* Projects that allow students to engage with the environment through local stewardship experiences and encourage youth involvement in stewardship projects.
* Initiatives to improve curricula about land use planning, Oregon history, and Oregon geography.

The goal of the Environmental Professional Development grant opportunity is to enable teachers and mentors to have access to education about sustainability in ways that strengthen their communities and encourage them to experience the natural world. Preference for this funding opportunity will be given to:

* Projects that introduce teachers and volunteer mentors to, and further educate them about, the field of sustainability.
* Programs that train teachers and volunteer mentors so that they can effectively employ experiential, outdoor-focused, place-based, and inquiry-based learning.
* Programs that encourage teachers and volunteer mentors to lead and mentor projects promoting sustainability in their schools and communities.
* Programs that strengthen civic responsibility in communities, especially around issues of environmental sustainability and restoration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131649

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OCF makes grants to schools, government agencies, and non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

As the applications for the spring and fall deadlines are different, please make sure you use the correct form. In order to receive a grant, you must submit an Evaluation Plan with the grant application and a final Evaluation Report Form at the end of the project. Evaluation materials are available on the website.

Please apply for the grant electronically, if possible. Electronic materials are available on the sidebar of the Environmental Education Program page at:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Lara Christensen
Phone: 503.227.6846

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon