Environmental Education Mini Grants
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Grant amount: Up to US $5,000
Next deadline: Jan 10, 2019 1:00pm PST
Later deadlines: Aug 2, 2019 1:00pm PDT
Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Indigenous Group
Funding uses: Education / Outreach
Location of project: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Counties in Pennsylvania: Adams County, Bedford County, Berks County, Blair County, Bradford County, Cambria County, Cameron County, Centre County, Chester County, Clearfield County, Clinton County, Columbia County, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, Elk County, Franklin County, Fulton County, Huntingdon County, Indiana County, Jefferson County, Juniata County, Lackawanna County, Lancaster County, Lebanon County, Luzerne County, Lycoming County, McKean County, Mifflin County, Montour County, Northumberland County, Perry County, Potter County, Schuylkill County, Snyder County, Somerset County, Sullivan County, Susquehanna County, Tioga County, Union County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, York County, Counties in Virginia: Accomack County, Albemarle County, Alleghany County, Amelia County, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Augusta County, Bath County, Bedford County, Botetourt County, Buckingham County, Buena Vista city, Campbell County, Caroline County, Charles City County, Charlottesville city, Chesapeake city, Chesterfield County, Clarke County, Colonial Heights city, Covington city, Craig County, Culpeper County, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Essex County, Fauquier County, Fluvanna County, Frederick County, Fredericksburg city, Giles County, Gloucester County, Goochland County, Greene County, Hampton city, Hanover County, Harrisonburg city, Henrico County, Highland County, Hopewell city, Isle of Wight County, James City County, King George County, King William County, King and Queen County, Lancaster County, Lexington city, Loudoun County, Louisa County, Lynchburg city, Madison County, Manassas Park city, Manassas city, Mathews County, Middlesex County, Montgomery County, Nelson County, New Kent County, Newport News city, Norfolk city, Northampton County, Northumberland County, Nottoway County, Orange County, Page County, Petersburg city, Poquoson city, Portsmouth city, Powhatan County, Prince Edward County, Prince George County, Prince William County, Rappahannock County, Richmond County, Richmond city, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Rockingham County, Shenandoah County, Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Staunton city, Suffolk city, Surry County, Virginia Beach city, Warren County, Waynesboro city, Westmoreland County, Williamsburg city, Winchester city, York County, Counties in West Virginia: Berkeley County, Grant County, Hampshire County, Hardy County, Jefferson County, Mineral County, Monroe County, Morgan County, Pendleton County, Preston County, Tucker County Expand all
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Environmental Education Mini Grants
The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Mini Environmental Education Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies to support educating students about their local environment and how they can become stewards and have an impact in their community. To accomplish this goal the program funds up to $5,000 for projects that involve students investigating a local environmental issue, problem, or phenomenon through indoor and outdoor research culminating in developing solutions and taking action in their school or community – also known as the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) model. Funds can cover a multitude of items including costs for field trips, fieldwork, transportation, substitute fees, and supplies for student projects. This grant program also aims to build teacher capacity and comfort in leading environmental education programs by funding the attendance to or development of professional development trainings for educators.
What this funds
Meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, schoolyard habitat projects as well as teacher professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy.
Goals of the Mini Grant Program for Pre-K-12 Education Requests
River by river and stream by stream, pre-K-12 environmental education projects are helping to raise public awareness about the health of streams, rivers, and the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and about the steps that can be taken to restore and protect them.
Through the Mini Environmental Education Grant Program, the Trust seeks to increase student awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of our region’s natural resources through increasing student access to programs that provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (known as MWEEs).
The program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for pre-K-12 environmental education and specifically seeks to:
- Educate students about the Bay and their local watersheds and about how students can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health;
- Engage school communities in education and restoration activities that benefit watershed health;
- Provide Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for students and teachers;
- Provide environmental education professional development opportunities for teachers; and
- Support environmental literacy goals within schools, school systems, and other educational institutions.
The Trust is committed to the advancement of diversity in its grant-making and environmental work. As a result, the Trust strongly encourages grant applications for projects that increase awareness and participation of communities that are traditionally underrepresented.
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- The Trust prefers the pre-K-12 school to serve as the lead applicant instead of a partner. If a partner does apply, the Trust requires:
- The participating school’s name
- An explanation of why the partner is applying instead of the school
- Letter of support from the participating school(s)
- The following types of partners may serve as lead applicants when the school cannot for some reason:
- 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 & Resource Conservation and Development Councils;
- Forestry Boards;
- Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions.
- Applicants representing after-school and summer programs are eligible to apply in cases in which there is a very strong connection with a specific school’s pre-K-12 curriculum. Such requests must include:
- A list of the participating school(s) targeted
- Explanation of why they were targeted/selected (Programs targeting under-engaged schools will receive priority over other afterschool and summer program requests.)
- Letter(s) of commitment to participate from the participating school(s)
- All Essential Elements of a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience as described above.
- The Mini Grant Program for Environmental Education is designed to engage citizens and students in D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia in activities that raise public awareness and participation in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake and coastal Bays and their rivers.
- The Trust prefers the pre-K-12 school to serve as the lead applicant instead of a partner.
- Funding Restrictions - 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.;
- Funding is generally restricted to projects on public property, private community-owned land and conservation easements, unless otherwise specified in a grant program.
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