Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
Grants ranging from $100 to $1,000 to Oklahoma teachers, PreK-12 schools, youth group leaders, school environmental clubs, and youth-serving organizations for environmental education projects, programs, and strategies. Possible projects include, but are not limited to, edible gardens, environmental education units, outdoor classrooms, recycling, and composting.
To encourage teachers and youth leaders to develop effective environmental education programs, environmental projects and/or strategies, the Environmental Quality Education Committee, working with the Department of Environmental Quality, offers grants each fall. Funding is received from the sales of the environmental license tags.
The mission of the Environmental Quality Education Committee is to help the general public become more aware of actions and activities which will help preserve and protect Oklahoma’s environment. Activities include promoting practical information and education about air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste, energy conservation, soil conservation, and flora and fauna conservation. Educating youth about the environment will strengthen their ability to make informed decisions about environmental issues in the future.
Possible Ideas for Grants:
-Vegetable seeds and/or plants
-Edging for raised beds
-Rainwater catchment materials
-Soaker hoses and/or watering cart
-Compost and/or mulch
-pH soil test kits
-Garden stakes and/or row markers
-Classroom EE materials (books, DVDs, pictures, bulletin board materials, etc.)
-Supplies for specific EE Units/Projects (water testing kits, microscopes, magnifying glasses, etc.)
-Supplies for Project WET, Project WILD or PLT Programs
-Fees/substitute for EE teacher training (not to exceed $100)
-Resource trunk/kit for library
-Community outreach projects/education events
-Field trips (gas, bus driver, lunch, etc.)
Outdoor Classroom Revitalization:
-Plants & trees
-Edging / border materials for planting beds
-Equipment for ponds
-Benches / tables
-Trail materials (gravel, wood chips, rock, dirt, asphalt, concrete, stepping stones
-Sprinklers, hoses, etc.
-Bird feeders, bird house
-Training materials (curriculum guides)
-Equipment such as carts
-Materials for educational outreach
(Note: Funding to pay recycling businesses to regularly pick-up recyclables is not acceptable. This funding must come from a sustainable source to keep the program in operation.)
-Materials for compost bins
-Resource materials about composting
Green Schools - Items not already included in another category such as:
-Kill-A-Watt meter for testing energy usage of specific items
-Light meter to test adequate lighting levels
-Storm water projects such as bioswales, rain water catchment or green roofs
-Trees for shading the building
-Digital thermometers to test room temperature and humidity
-Or, other items that students will be able to work with for facility greening
GrantWatch ID#: 176886
Please limit applications to amounts from $100 up to $1,000 per grant.
You must be an Oklahoma teacher, public or private (Preschool - 12), school environmental club, youth group leader, and/or organization with a youth component to apply for the grant.
A letter from the applicant’s principal or supervisor must accompany the grant proposal stating the school or organization’s support for the performance of the grant objectives.
One hard copy and one electronic copy (e-mail) must be submitted by December 1, 2017.
Awards will be announced no later than December 31, 2017.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Department of Environmental Quality
P. O. Box 1677
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1677