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Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE)

Awards to USA K-12 Public School Teachers
for Excellence in Environmental Education

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Deadline Date:

04/30/21 - Hard copies delivered by 5:00 PM ET or emailed applications by 11:59 PM ET.

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Awards of up to $2,500 to USA and territories K-12 public school teachers to recognize outstanding contributions to environmental education. Applications are invited from teachers who use innovative methods and approaches in teaching environmental concepts and present the environment as a context for learning for their students.

Teachers should use at least one of the following topics as a basis to teach about environmental sustainability:

  • A healthy school environment;
  • Environmentally friendly agriculture practices; 
  • Human contributions to ocean litter and how to prevent it;
  • School gardens;
  • Recycling; or
  • STEM education

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138628

Number of Grants:

Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Teacher awardees will receive a Presidential award plaque and an award of up to $2,500 to be used to further the recipient's professional development in environmental education. Teacher awardees will also receive a congratulatory letter from a senior official from EPA and/or the White House.

The teacher's local education agency will also receive an award of up to $2,500 to fund environmental educational activities and programs.

Honorable Mention recipients will receive certificates of recognition.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators, teachers must meet the following eligibility requirements.
- Teach K-12 on a full-time basis in a public school that is operated by a local education agency  including schools funded by the Bureau of Indian Education;
- Hold a current teaching license from the state (or valid reciprocity from the state for a license from another state);
- Have a minimum of 5 years of K-12 teaching experience, including at least 3 years of teaching environmental education and/or an environment-based curriculum;
- Anticipate a classroom teaching assignment involving environmental education for the upcoming school year;
- Be a citizen of the United States, its territories or possessions, or lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residency; and
- Has not been a recipient of this award in the past 5 years.

The teacher's local education agency may not use the award for construction costs, general expenses, salaries, bonuses, or other administrative expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline:
The 2021 PIAEE application period closes on April 30, 2021.

For this year's competition, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all application materials electronically (email). Applicants planning to mail some or all of the application materials, please contact the EPA by email to ensure that they are received

Application Requirements and Forms:
https://www.epa.gov/education/application-requirements-and-form-presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators
FAQs: https://www.epa.gov/education/frequent-questions-about-presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators

Contact Information:

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

Email complete application packages to piaee@epa.gov.

Or send a hard copy submission to:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Education
Attn: Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
William Jefferson Clinton Building North, Room 1426-A
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, MC 1704-A
Washington, DC 20460

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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