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for Environmental Education Activities for K-12 Students

Environmental Education Program

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Foundation / Corporation

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Gray Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/22 MIdnight


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Oregon nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, agencies, and tribal entities for environmental education activities and initiatives for K-12 students. Funding may be requested for general operating support and program or project support. The Foundation’s Environmental Education program seeks to support programs that stimulate or promote the teaching of environmental education in K-12 environments and increases outdoor experiences that connect youth with built and natural environments.

In 2022 Gray Family Foundation is continuing to seek applications from organizations that will inspire and promote outdoor, environmental, land-based, and/or climate education in formal and informal K-12 educational environments and increase outdoor experiences for youth — either during the school day, as part of distance or virtual learning, or as a service or opportunity offered to families and youth outside of the context of the school setting.

Gray FF's Environmental Education program seeks to increase:

  • Diversity of youth and communities engaged in outdoor, environmental, land-based, and climate education learning experiences.
  • 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.
  • Educators' (K-12 teachers, administrators, and informal educators) preparedness to integrate environmental, outdoor, and climate education across subjects.
  • Educators' preparedness to support K-12 student needs utilizing best practices and rigor.
  • K-12 professionals' preparedness to use the natural and built environments and systems as a context for learning.

For eligible uses of funding, see

During this grant cycle, the Foundation is also interested in supporting opportunities for organizations,  schools, and/or school districts to use and integrate outdoor spaces (e.g., schoolyards,  playgrounds, nearby parks, or natural areas) into student learning as a method for both engaging students and reducing risk for students and educators during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For information about grant types, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131649

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

20-25 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

In 2022 organizations can apply for grants between $5,000 and $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Implementation:
- Single Year: May 1, 2022 - May 1, 2023
- Multi-Year: May 1, 2022 - May 1, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will consider proposals submitted by schools, districts, colleges, tribal entities, government agencies, or 501(c)3 non-profit organizations serving Oregon. Sponsored programs should align with the applying organization's mission.

Any organization or program supporting outdoor, environmental, and/or climate education reaching and/or benefiting K-8 youth in school, out-of-school time, or other similar settings is eligible to apply.

Organizations providing programming focused on families (with youth in the K-8 range) and organizations focused on or integrating climate education opportunities for youth and educators are now eligible to apply.

Funding is not eligible to support:
- 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:

In 2022 there will be two Environmental Education Grant Cycles:
- Cycle 1 Online Application Opens: January 14th 2022
- Cycle 1 Application Due: March 11th 2022 by midnight
- Cycle 1 Grant Award Notification: End of April 2022
- Cycle 2 Online Application Opens: August 13th 2022
- Cycle 2 Application Due: October 1st 2022
- Cycle 2 Grant Award Notification: End of November 2022

Applicant Guidelines:

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 or an out-of-cycle project, feel free to contact Program Officer, Nell Tessman, at

Call: 503-552-3511 or 503-552-3500 or reach out via e-mail to

Gray Family Foundation
1221 SW Yamhill St., Ste 100
Portland OR 97205

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oregon

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