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Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
for Environmental Education Activities

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Deadline Date:

01/06/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, educational and environmental agencies, colleges and universities, and noncommercial educational broadcasting agencies for environmental education activities. Applicants are advised that registration required to apply may take at least one month to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that foster environmental stewardship and awareness, and that demonstrate, disseminate, and design educational methods and techniques.

Projects will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. 

In order to be eligible, all applicants must address at least one of the following EPA educational priorities:

  1. Agricultural Education
  2. Community Projects
  3. Career Development

Further details related to these priorities can be found in Section 1 of the 2020 Solicitation.

In order to be eligible, all applicants must address at least one of the environmental priorities listed in any current solicitation notice. In the 2020 solicitation notice both environmental priorities and suggested sub-topics are listed (see the list below), and applicants are instructed to select a priority and name the sub-topic they will address under that priority (they could address one of the suggested topics listed or name one of specific concern to their audience, as long as it aligned with an EPA environmental priority).

  • Improving air quality to ensure Americans are living and working in areas that meet high air quality standards.

a. Work to prevent future air quality issues by making appropriate preparations for the prevention of wild fires.

b. Work to educate communities about sources of air pollution and potential solutions; e.g., using farmers' markets and farm to table systems to teach about the environmental benefits of local food supplies that do not require long distance transportation.

  • Ensuring clean and safe water by supporting clean drinking water, aquatic ecosystems, and recreational, economic and subsistence activities.

a. Work to prevent future water quality and human health issues through appropriate management for flood and hurricane preparedness.

b. Work to prevent future water quality and human health issues through appropriate communications about the risks of poor water quality resources; e.g., educating school-aged children, their parents, and the community about water conservation through the establishment and maintenance of school or community gardens or the removal of invasive plant species and/or planting of native gardens.

c. Work to manage nutrients in water systems by reducing the use of pesticides and/or nutrient run-off from soil, while maintaining both quality agricultural yields and minimal environmental harm.

d. Work to manage the health of aquatic ecosystems to achieve the maximum in environmental and human health benefits and support recreational, economic, and subsistence activities.

  • Ensuring the safety of chemicals.

a. Work on Integrated Pest Management to achieve the most environmentally effective management of pests in the agricultural setting.

b. Work collaboratively on Integrated Vegetation Management issues for the maximum in environmental benefits; for example, for maintaining native species within public rights-of-way.

c. Work to educate school-aged children, their parents, and the community on pesticide and environmental health issues; e.g., maintaining school gardens to teach about pesticide management.

  • Revitalize land and prevent contamination.

a. Work to manage food waste for environmental benefits; e.g., the benefits of composting, reduction of waste going to landflls, etc.

b. Work to increase electronic recycling and other efforts to reduce waste disposal in landfills.

c. Work to increase plastic recycling and other efforts to reduce plastic disposal in landfills.

d. Work to educate individuals about human health and environmental risks associated with improper management of waste and the benefits associated with reducing trash in waterways.

Applications may address more than one priority in each category. However, it is important that the application is clear as to what the focus of the project will be and how that focus will contribute to a project with quality outputs and outcomes.

Applications must specifically reference one or more of EPA's Strategic Goals in the application and explain how the project will support the goal(s). Read more about EPA’s Strategic Goals in EPA's Strategic Plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150553

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Under the 2020 EE Local Grant Program, 10 Requests for Applications (RFA) were issued nationally, one in each of EPA's ten Regions. EPA expects to award three to four grants from each of the EPA's 10 Regional Offices for a total of approximately 30 to 35 grants nationwide.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount for each of these grants will be no less than $50,000, and no more than $100,000 in federal funds.

Term of Contract:

EPA will accept applications for one or two-year project periods or any timeframe between one and two years. The application must demonstrate clearly how the project will be completed in the time frame proposed.

Applications should plan for projects to start no earlier than August 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 and which are recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and which are not administered by the Bureau of Indian Education.)

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 United States and Canada or Mexico; or in the U.S. Territories.

Ineligible Applicants:
- Neither an individual student nor any individual person can apply for a grant from this program. A teacher's school district, an educator's nonprofit organization, or a faculty member's college or university may apply, but an individual teacher, educator, faculty member, student or citizen may not apply.

Ineligible Activities:
- Technical training of environmental management professionals
- Environmental "information" and/or "outreach" projects that have no additional educational component, as described in Section I (B) of the solicitation notice
- Advocacy promoting a particular point of view or course of action
- Lobbying or political activities
- Non-educational research and development
- Construction projects- EPA will not fund construction activities such as the acquisition of real property (e.g. buildings) or the construction or modification of any building.

Pre-proposal Conference:

December 20, 2019, at 1:00 PM ET
Presentation 1:00-2:00 PM ET
Answering your questions 2:00-2:30 PM ET

To join:

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of application submissions is January 6, 2020, 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET).

Applications must be submitted electronically through, by following the instructions in the RFA.

Applicants must make sure the application is submitted to the correct EPA Region that corresponds to the location of the project, which may not necessarily be where the organization is based.

EE grants are required to have a non-federal match of 25% of the total cost of the project. Additionally, 25% of EPA funding must be used for subawards, with each subaward having a value of $5,000 or less.

The registration process requires that the applicant organization have a DUNS number and current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline.

To access the entry for your region, enter the appropriate Funding Opportunity Number for your region:

Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice:
Strategic Plan:

Other Resources:
- Video Tutorial on how to apply through
- How to apply for an EPA grant:
- Grants Management Training Resources:
- Past Webinar recordings and slides:

Contact Information:

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

For specific questions regarding the EE Grants Program, email

Regional Coordinators:

Region 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Kristen Conroy
U.S. EPA, Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: ORA 1-4
Boston, MA 02109-3912

Region 2 - NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Tasha Frazier or Jennifer May-Reddy
U.S. EPA, Region 2
290 Broadway
26th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866 or

Region 3 - DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
Kathy Kirkland
U.S. EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3OCTEA
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029

Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN
Melba Table
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: RM-19J
Chicago, IL 60604

Region 6 - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX
Paula Flores-Gregg
U.S. EPA, Region 6
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75270

Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE
Atheà Moses
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
Mail Code: ORA/OIA
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
Alita Henderson
U.S. EPA, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
Mail Code: OPA-1
San Francisco, CA 94105

Region 10 - AK, ID, OR, WA
Sally Hanft
U.S. EPA, Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Mail Code: RAD 12-D12
Seattle, WA 98101

Headquarters - Washington, DC
Michael Band
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Mail Code: 1704A
Washington, DC 20460

For assistance with, contact:

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Funding or Pin Number:

Region 1: EPA-EE-20-01 / Region 2: EPA-EE-20-02 / Region 3: EPA-EE-20-03 / Region 4: EPA-EE-20-04 / Region 5: EPA-EE-20-05 / Region 6: EPA-EE-20-06 / Region 7: EPA-EE-20-07 / Region 8: EPA-EE-20-08 / Region 9: EPA-EE-20-09 / Region 10: EPA-EE-20-10

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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)

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