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2020 Environmental Education Program

Grants to Oregon Nonprofits, Schools, Agencies, and
Tribal Entities to Promote K-12 Environmental Education

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

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, government agencies, and tribal entities for activities that promote K-12 environmental education. Funding may be used for professional development and training, field experiences, or capacity building projects. Gray FF’s Environmental Education program seeks to promote the inclusion of quality environmental education in formal and informal K-12 environments to increase opportunities for youth to connect with and learn in the outdoors.

Gray FF seeks to support:

  • Active youth stewardship of the natural and built environments
  • Systematic integration of environmental education in formal and informal K-12 education systems
  • High-quality environmental education programming by schools, districts, and non-profits with and for their communities
  • Environmental education opportunities that include and reflect the experiences,
    perspectives, and knowledge of diverse populations across Oregon

Gray FF’s Environmental Education program priorities seek to increase:

  • Diversity of youth and communities engaged in outdoor and environmental education learning experiences.
  • Educators’ (K-12 teachers, administrators and informal educators) preparedness to integrate environmental education across subjects.
  • Environmental educators’ preparedness to support K-12 needs utilizing best practices and rigor.
  • K-12 professionals’ preparedness to use the natural and built community and systems as a context for learning.
  • K-12 youth’s ability to collaborate, problem-solve and apply critical thinking to local and global environmental issues.
  • K-12 youth’s preparedness for success in careers inside and outside of the environmental field through increased participation in environmental education.

Funds are typically used to support:

  • Dedicated staff time
  • Training and professional development for educators
  • Costs associated with developing and implementing curricula and programming (e.g. classroom materials, books)
  • Costs associated with facilitating learning experiences outside the classroom
  • Administrative support

In 2020, there are three options through the Environmental Education grant program. Gray FF is interested in reviewing proposals for a range of funding levels that best serve the specific needs of your program. Gray FF will award funds to the strongest eligible projects regardless of project type and encourage organizations to apply for the type of funding that will best serve their efforts:

  • Option 1: Capacity-Building
  • Option 2: Youth Field Experiences
  • Option 3: Educator Training and Professional Development

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131649

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

Single Year: March 1, 2020 - February 28, 2021
Multi-Year: March 1, 2020 - February 28, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Schools, districts, colleges, tribal entities, government agencies or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations serving Oregon may apply. Sponsored programs should align with the applying organization’s mission.

Funding is not eligible to support:
- Recreational summer camp or day camp programs
- Student learning experiences outside the targeted 3th-8th grades
- Organizations that have received three consecutive years of Gray FF funding for Environmental Education
- Capital campaigns, site improvements, or acquisitions of land
- Purchases or activities that occur prior to grant decision
- Deficit funding or elimination of operating deficits
- Annual fund appeals or endowment funds
- Religious activities
- Grants or loans to individuals

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Monday, December 2, 2019.

Grant award notification will be no later than March 1, 2020.

Please note that applicants may apply for projects that include a combination of both field experiences and professional development, but may only apply for 25,000 max.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Program Officer, Nell Tessman

The Oregon Community Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St.
Suite 100
Portland, OR 97205

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