Environmental Education Grants Program
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education Division (EED), Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education, supports environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to help people make informed decisions that affect environmental quality. EPA awards grants each year based on funding appropriated by Congress. Annual funding for the program ranges between $2 and $3 million. More than 75-percent of the grants awarded by this program receive less than $15,000.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to support the development of the Environmental Information Exchange Network. To date, the EPA has received approximately $105 million in federal appropriations for the Grant Program. All state, the District of Columbia, four territories, and more than 40 tribes have received grants and have been involved in the developments of the Exchange Network.
In 2003, the Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) launched the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement (EJ CPS) program. The EJ CPS program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model (EJ CPS Model) as part of their projects. The purpose of the EJ CPS Model is to assist affected communities so that they can develop proactive, strategic, and visionary approaches to address their environmental justice issues and the achieve community health and sustainability.
The EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) established the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (EJSG) in fiscal year 1994. The purpose of this grant program is to support and empower communities that are working on local solutions to local environmental and/or public health issues. The EJSG Program is designed to assist recipients in building collaborative partnerships that will help them understand and address the environmental and/or public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders involve well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain, and sustain the partnerships, and to work towards addressing the local environmental and/or public health issues.
The EPA created this grant program to provide matching funds to state and tribal programs to support pollution prevention activities across all environmental media and to develop state program. The EPA believes state-based environmental programs have the best opportunity to promote pollution prevention because states have closer, more direct contact with industry and are more aware of local needs. The purpose of this program is to give state programs the capability to assist businesses and industries in identifying better environmental strategies and solutions for complying with federal and state environmental regulations. It also aims to improve business competitiveness without increasing environmental impacts.
The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation was designed to make the world a better place by empowering Ben & Jerry’s employees to use available resources to support and encourage organizations that are working towards eliminating the underlying causes of environmental and social problems. The Foundation awards full grants (ranging from $1,001 - $15,000) and small grants ($1,000 or less).
The goals of this program is to support the efforts of an engaged citizenry working to create accountable and responsive institutions, sound public policies, and appropriate models of development that protect the diversity and integrity of selected ecosystems in North America and around the world. The mission of the program recognizes that the effective stewardship of the Earth requires both changes in behavior and new ways of thinking. It also requires a willingness on the part of people with diverse interests to try to understand one another’s perspectives and seek common ground. This program is organized into three areas: conservation of freshwater ecosystems, international finance for sustainability, and special initiatives.
A prospective grantee must be a U.S.-based tax-exempt organization with 501 (c)(3) status. They must also be engage in work that fits within the foundation’s program guidelines. The mission of the foundation’s Environment Program is to support organization dedicated to the conservation of natural resources in the areas of responsible mining, coral reef conservation, and land protection. The Environmental Program wants to accomplish its goal both domestically and internationally.
The Foundation makes grants for work in the areas of Water & Toxins, Energy & Transportation, Habitat, and Population. The Water & Toxins aspect is set up to protect rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, oceans, and other water systems from contamination, degradation, and other abuses. The Air Quality, Energy & Transportation section is to protect the atmosphere and other natural resources by promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy and improved transportation policies and practices. The Habitat aspect is to defend biodiversity by protecting habitats. The population section is to have a worldwide development of policies and practices which will reduce population growth by addressing the relationships between population growth, global resources, the status of woman and girls, and access to family planning and reproductive health services.
Entergy’s Community Stewardship Grants invests in environmental stewardship – activities, programs, or projects that go beyond compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Entergy actively seeks opportunities to fund innovative approaches to preserving and enhancing the environment.
As one of the nation’s largest producers of energy, Dominion recognizes the value of maintaining and improving the environment. The Dominion Foundation supports environmental stewardship and education through volunteer programs and grants. Some grant money from the Dominion Foundation has been used for State Park Information Stations, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center, and the Coast Guard Foundation.
Edison International is committed to complying with or exceeding environmental regulations. As the company grows, their environmental, health, and safety programs continue to expand. The goal of Edison International is to do its part to protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, and to preserve and protect the environment in the communities in which we work and live.
The mission of this Foundation is to preserve and enhance the quality of life by embracing and perpetuating the founders philanthropic vision through grantmaking initiatives in support of programs in youth department, health, education, religion, art and environment quality, protection and beautification.
The giving by this foundation focuses on organizations and leaders working to improve livability as it relates to current patterns of land consumption and development. Grants are usually sought by non-profit groups whose primary work is preserving major ecosystems and open space, non-profit organizations who work in livable communities and the community of advocates and innovators who work to accelerate the achievement of ecosystem, open space, and livable community goals.
The Kendall Foundation normally makes grants only to those non-profit organizations which are classified as public charities under Section 501 (c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Within the scope of its program, the Foundation invites requests where its support will make a significant difference. Organizations demonstrating ingenuity and effectiveness are welcome to apply. Strong emphasis is placed on carefully developed and compelling institutional strategies. The Foundation is often willing to accept a high level of risk is seeking opportunities to help transform organizations and their impact on environmental concerns over the long term. The Foundation favors opportunities to use grant funds to leverage additional financing and seldom provides funding where its contribution would be essentially additive.
The Christensen Fund believes in the power of biological and cultural diversity to sustain and enrich a world faced with great change and uncertainty. The Fund’s mission is to better the efforts of people and institutions who believe in a biodiverse world infused with artistic expression and work to secure ways of life and landscapes that are beautiful, bountiful and resilient. The mission is pursued through place-based work in regions chosen for their potential to withstand and recover from the global erosion of diversity.
The Compton Foundation supports responsible stewardship that respects the rights of future generations to a balanced and healthy ecology. The belief is that it is possible to pursue a holistic and sustainable vision that blends concern for environmental conservation and economic viability, links urban and rural priorities, and views humans as one part of the natural world. The grants are awarded in three main categories: Fresh Water (commitment to rivers and watersheds expanded to encompass concern for the role of fresh water in both human and ecological systems), Climate Change (address climate change through greenhouse gas emissions reductions), and Rural Sustainability (focused on supporting creative models for community-based conservation).
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Do Something BRICK Awards honor dynamic young people for service in the areas of community building, health, and the environment. BRICK winners are leaders who identify and realize solutions to problems facing local communities across America. Each award includes a high education scholarship, a grant for continued community work, and other support and recognition.
Sponsored by American Forests for tree planting and care projects and educational efforts which encourage local volunteer efforts and donations. Larger trees in urban settings are preferred to reforestation projects using seedlings.
The Barron Prize recognizes young people ages 8 to 18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Half of each year’s winners are chosen for their work to protect the environment. Winners receive money to support their service work or high education.
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation (NEETF) Grants
The Foundation places special emphasis on environmental issues that relate to health and pose the greatest long-term risk to society, supports visionary and proactive EE and training projects that leverage resources and bring focus to the fields of EE and training, supports efforts that make citizens better informed about issues and empowered to make their own decisions to resolve problems, and believes that EE and training need not rely solely on the classroom as the medium.
These awards focus on projects that demonstrate ongoing positive environmental impact for at least several years. The awards will be made for these projects to further their conservation efforts. In addition to receiving funding to support their projects, winning groups will also receive an all-expense paid trip for three group members and one adult leader to attend the annual awards event.
This program as added a new category for small-scale grants in hopes to expand the program to reach more of society and to encourage more applications from small organizations and groups, under the theme “Environmental Technology and Human Resource Development Contributing to Environmental Revitalization and Conservation”.