Environmental Education Mini Grants

Chesapeake Bay Trust


Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 4, 2018 2:00pm PDT

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 12, 2019 2:00pm PST

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 Expand all

Location of residency: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia Expand all

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Overview:

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for pre-K-12 Environmental Education to educate students about their local watersheds and how they can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health.

To accomplish this goal the program supports meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects as well as building teacher capacity to implement environmental education including professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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 Grant Environmental Education Program, the Trust seeks to increase student awareness and involvement in the restoration and protection of the Bay and its local streams and rivers through increasing student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences.

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 education experiences 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. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • The Trust welcomes requests from the following organizations:
    • 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 Primary, Intermediate, and Secondary Schools;
    • Public and Independent Higher Educational Institutions.
  • The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.
  • 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.
  • Sample Eligible Projects
    • Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE)
    • Professional Development Workshops and Curriculum

Preferences:

  • The strongest proposals will show committed partnerships that provide funding, technical assistance, or other in-kind services to support the successful implementation of the project. 

Ineligibility:

  • 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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