NEEF: Every Day Event Grants

National Environmental Education Foundation

Grant amount: Up to US $8,000

Deadline: Sep 28, 2018 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Supporting restoration and resilience efforts, while continuing to promote the importance of public lands in today’s society.

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from Toyota, is offering $100,000 in mini-grants to support restoration and/or resilience-focused volunteer events on public lands. Awarded grantees will be expected to lead service events that either restore public lands and/or make those lands more resilient to future natural disasters. Grant-funded activities will mobilize community volunteers and educate participants about their role in protecting the long-term sustainability of their local public lands. 

Grant Goals:

Through these grants, NEEF will help: 1) restore public lands; 2) make lands more resilient to future threats; and 3) educate and engage the general public on practices they can apply to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. To achieve this, funds will be provided to Friends Groups, formal and informal educators, and local nonprofits who consistently partner with public lands.

Exemplary applicants will show how grant funds will be used to get people out in nature as part of restoration and/or resilience efforts. In addition to involving individual community members, the applicant will target specific segments of the population such as young adults, military veterans, etc. through local community partnerships.

Strong applications will include the following:

  • If leading a resilience project, applicant will describe the need for the proposed plan and how natural infrastructures will be implemented or improved as a way to prevent/minimize future disasters;
  • If leading a restoration project, applicant will describe when and where the disaster(s) occurred; the extent of the damage; current efforts underway by the community, and conservation activities that will take place to restore the land;
  • (If leading a project that addresses both restoration and resilience, applicant will incorporate both bullets mentioned above);
  • Describe how the above mentioned restoration and/or resilience events will lead to long-term impacts;
  • provide details of when programming/activities will take place during the grant year. This should include any required prep days and post-work days surrounding the volunteer events;
  • describe how restoration and/or resilience efforts will be used to both connect people to nature and help public lands further promote participatory, knowledge-based approaches to restoration and resilience which can also be applied at home; and
  • describe how the restoration and/or resilience events will lead to long-term impacts.

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


  • Eligibility:
    • Open to 501(c)(3)s who have a documented connection to a public land agency.
      • These include federal, state, and local public lands agencies.
      • A current partnership letter from a public land partner agency must be provided to show support of proposed project.
    • Applicant must host two to three volunteer event days that focus on the restoration of a public land/space recently impacted by natural disaster and/or address the general resilience of a public land/space; and
    • Provide a letter of support from a local community partner who will aid in volunteer/donation efforts.

About this funder:

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