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Environmental Education Mini Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in
Multiple States for Pre-K-12 Environmental Awareness

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Chesapeake Bay Trust, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET), and Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County

Deadline Date:

01/12/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA nonprofits, schools, and public agencies in multiple states for programs promoting pre-K-12 environmental awareness and environmental training for teachers. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit at least a few days prior to the deadline. Funding is intended to increase awareness of local watersheds and teach children how they can positively impact watershed health.

This grant is intended for programs in the areas of Washington D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia that constitute the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

The program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for Pre-K-12 Environmental Education and specifically seeks to:
1. Educate students about the Bay and their local watersheds and about how students can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health;
2. Engage school communities in education and restoration activities that benefit watershed health;
3. Provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and teachers;
4. Provide environmental education professional development opportunities for teachers; and
5. Support environmental literacy goals within schools, school systems, and other educational institutions.

The program supports meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects. In addition, the fund supports teacher professional development training and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region. The Trust strongly encourages grant applications for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented.

Project criteria

- Projects should increase student and teacher awareness about local water quality and should promote actions that individuals can take to improve local streams, rivers, and the Bay.
- Contributions of funds or in-kind services from project partners and other sources is encouraged in all cases and required in some cases (e.g., field trip requests).
- Projects should include partnerships with community based organizations, government agencies, service providers, and others when relevant to accomplishing your goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177245

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Funds are for projects starting no earlier than September 30, 2017. Projects should be completed within one year after receipt of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:
- Projects that will occur in Maryland, Delaware, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or the Chesapeake Bay Watershed;
- 501(c)3 Private Nonprofit Organizations;
- Faith-based Organizations;
- Community Associations;
- Service, Youth, and Civic Groups;
- Municipal, County, Regional, State, Federal Public Agencies;
- Soil/Water Conservation Districts and Resource Conservation and Development Councils;
- Forestry Boards;
- Public and Independent Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary Schools;
- Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions
- Funding is generally restricted to projects on public property, private community-owned land and conservation easements, unless otherwise specified in a grant program.

The Trust does not fund the following:
- Projects that will occur outside of Maryland, Delaware, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia or the Chesapeake Bay Watershed;
- Endowments, deficit financing, individuals, building campaigns, annual giving, research, fund raising, or venture capital;
- Mitigation or capital construction activities such as structural erosion control measures;
- Political lobbying;
- Reimbursement for a project that has been completed or materials that have been purchased;
- Budget items that are considered secondary to the project’s central objective. These items include, but are not limited to, cash prizes, cameras, and video equipment;
- Promotional collateral such as pens, key-chains, t-shirts, etc.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline. Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.

Contributions of funds or in-kind services from project partners and other sources is encouraged in all cases and required in some cases (e.g., field trip requests). The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.

- For assistance in identifying your local watershed:
- For additional resources:
- For sample projects:

The deadlines for the 2017-2018 school year are August 4th, 2017 and January 12th, 2018. The application closes promptly at 5:00 PM on deadline day.

The Trust cannot make exceptions to the above deadlines nor provide reimbursement funding for already completed projects.

Contact Information:

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

To access the online application:

Questions and Technical Support:
Emily Stransky
410-974-2941 x101

General Contact Information:
Chesapeake Bay Trust
60 West Street, Suite 405
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone 410.974.2941
Fax 410.269.0387

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia