NEEF: Hands on the Land Mini-Grants Program

National Environmental Education Foundation


Grant amount: US $500 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Mar 1, 2019 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

About the NEEF

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) was created by Congress in 1990 through the National Environmental Education Act to advance environmental literacy nationwide and to facilitate public-private partnerships in support of environmental education. Through its collaboration with Partners in Resource Education (PRE), NEEF manages Hands on the Land (HOL), a national network of partnerships between schools and public land/water management agency field sites which expose students to the environment, provide students with opportunities to engage in place-based learning and citizen science activities, and equip educators with tools needed to better align their teaching with education standards.

In addition to working with K-12 educators to provide programming that is aligned with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, HOL is helping to prepare students for an increasingly technical workforce. Connecting youth to the environment can peak their interests in pursuing coursework and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and environmental science. 

Hands on the Land Mini-Grants Program

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), in partnership with  PRE (Partners in Resource Education) will award a total of $65,000 to Hands on the Land (HOL) Network sites to support their efforts to deliver high-quality placed-based environmental education and STEM programming that is aligned with national K-12 education standards.

Average Award Amount

Award amounts will range from $500 - $5,000 and will vary based on the scope and cost of work proposed by each applicant, quality of the submissions and the review and selection process.


HOL PROGRAM GOALS

The Hands on the Land (HOL) network of public land/water management agency field site and school partnerships was designed to expand students’ understanding of environmental processes and to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through field-based investigations and experiences. Through this RFP, NEEF intends to support programs that reflect one or more of the following funding priorities:

  • Use public lands and waters as living laboratories to conduct environmental education, stewardship, environmental monitoring, or citizen science.
  • Enhance curriculum-based student learning in natural, historical, and archaeological settings.
  • Expand student understanding of basic environmental processes and help students to develop and apply STEM skills for investigating, evaluating, and making decisions about the environment.
  • Expand collaborative efforts among public lands and waterways agencies, schools, and communities.

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

Eligibility:

  • This year's grant competition is open to federal public land and waterway sites ONLY.
  • Each entity of the HOL partnership must register with the HOL network and complete the appropriate membership application located on the HOL website to be eligible for this grant.
  • Each type of HOL application requires two representatives to be registered.
  • Required program criteria:
    • provides K-12 place-based learning experiences on public lands/waters.
  • Allowable Expenses:
  • Grant funds can be used to cover costs associated with delivering programs (i.e.,
    • curriculum/materials development, non-federal staff time (up to 20% of proposed grant
    • budget), field trips, program supplies, transportation, etc.).
    •  Funds can also be used to fulfill Every Kid in a Park requirements.

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member.

Preferences:

  • HOL Priorities for grant requests include:
    • provides K-12 place-based learning experiences on public lands/waters (required);
    • use public lands/waters as living laboratories to conduct environmental education, stewardship, environmental monitoring, or citizen science;
    • enhance curriculum-based student learning (i.e., meeting Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Standards, etc.) in natural, historical, & archaeological settings;
    • expand student understanding of basic environmental processes and help students to develop and apply STEM skills for investigating, evaluating, and making decisions about the environment;
    • expand program participation to include new and diverse audiences, especially underserved audiences;
    • expand collaborative efforts among public land and waterway agencies, schools, and communities.
  • Additional suggested grant program components:
    • provide beneficial health-based participant activities;
    • provide opportunities for exploration of a broad range of natural resource career opportunities;
    • mentor other sites in the network with their school partnership needs;
    • incorporate Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics guidelines;
    • participate in National Public Lands Day and/or Environmental Education Week

Ineligibility:

  • Funds awarded through this RFP cannot be used for:
    • Conducting lobbying, carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation
    • Influencing the outcome of any specific election through any means
    • Federal staff time
    • Purposes other than charitable, scientific, or educational
    • Budget shortfalls, general support, or endowment funds
    • Land acquisition or real estate purchases
    • Individual scholarships or fellowships
    • Reimbursement purposes (i.e., to cover costs associated with events or activities that have already occurred)
    • Any costs not directly related to the funds requested in the proposal


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