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, 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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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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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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