As Kermit the Frog would say, it’s not easy being green. It’s not cheap either. Being environmentally friendly and educating others on how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle can be costly in the short run, but there are numerous environmental grant programs with millions of dollars to help offset such costs. Some grants focus on education, while others focus on environmental clean-up, etc. Here are just a few environmental grants that are currently available. If you would like help finding more grant opportunities that meet your organization’s unique needs, we can do that. Check out our list of services.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education Regional Grants
According to the EPA, this grant program will “support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens … for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques … and that will serve as models that can be replicated in a variety of settings.”
Ten grants of up to $216,000 will be awarded, one per EPA region, for a total of approximately $2,160,000 in funding. Local educational agencies, colleges, universities, state education or environmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for this grant
For more detailed information, see the EPA’s full solicitation notice.
Application Deadline: December 12, 2012
EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program
The EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports projects that emphasize the agency’s priorities: reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving air quality, managing chemical risks, cleaning up hazardous waste disposal sites; protecting America’s water; expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice; and building strong state and tribal partnerships.
In order to be eligible, an organization must meet one of the following requirements:
Incorporated, nonprofit, community-based organization (includes faith-based or religiously affiliated institutions)
Federally recognized tribal governments
Organizations that are typically eligible for nonprofit grants (e.g., colleges, universities, hospitals, state and local government entities) are not eligible to apply for this grant. However, the EPA strongly encourages eligible parties to partner with these non-eligible organizations.
The EPA predicts that between one to five grants will be awarded per region. Grants are awarded in amounts of up to $30,000, and a total of approximately $1,500,000 will be awarded through this grant. The EJSG Program is highly competitive. According to the EPA’s press release, only 50 out of 200 applications were funded in the 2012 competition.
For more information, see the EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program website.
Application Deadline: January 7, 2013
More Environmental Education Grants
Across the United States, there are countless electric and energy companies that supply consumers with energy sources. Another place to look for energy education or other energy-related grants is with your local energy company. For example, if you live in Illinois, Ameren Illinois is one electric company that offers grants. Ameren Missouri customers are eligible for Ameren Missouri grants. Doing some research in your local energy companies could be well worth the time investment. If you do not have the time, or you would like us to find these opportunities for you, contact a grant helper today.
We have the expertise and resources you need to create your strongest case for funding. Let us help you secure more grant money today. See a complete list of our services, or contact us for a free quote, customized to meet your organization’s unique needs and goals.
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