Ohio Environmental Education Fund General Grant

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

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Next deadline: Jul 8, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Jul 15, 2020 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Jan 8, 2021 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Jan 15, 2021 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Fields of work: Environmental Education Habitat & Ecosystem Restoration Pedestrian & Bike-Friendly Infrastructure Air Quality Water Resource Management Environmental Contamination & Pollution

Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Ohio

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The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant proposals to be awarded funding from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). Grants will be awarded to statewide and local organizations for the implementation of projects that raise awareness and educate the public about important environmental issues that impact the state. General grants will be awarded for up to a two-year term but we encourage projects to be completed within 12 months of the start date. 

The OEEF is administered by the Ohio EPA and derives its funding from one-half of the civil penalties collected from violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control regulations. It is anticipated the OEEF will make available approximately $1/2 million annually. 

Target Audiences

  • pre-school through university students and teachers 
  • the general public
  • the regulated community, including farmers

Priority Funding

OEEF grants are targeted to environmental issues in Ohio where there is a significant need for more education and awareness. 

For 2019, the OEEF has five targeted areas of focus where Ohio EPA has determined an immediate need for more educational and awareness outreach efforts due to significant environmental impacts in our state:

  • projects that demonstrate and encourage best management practices for nutrients, including, but not limited to, targeted efforts to reduce nutrient loadings to rivers and streams from urban and rural areas;
  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the use of innovative storm water management practices;
  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the reduction of air emissions, including, but not limited to,
  • promotion of alternative modes of transportation;
  • projects that encourage and explain the importance of habitat restoration efforts to increase biodiversity and improve air and water quality; and
  • projects that encourage pre-school through university students to explore careers in the environmental sciences and environmental engineering. 

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


  • Eligible Applicants:
    • Only Ohio-based entities may receive grant funding from the OEEF.
    • Eligible applicants include: 
      • Schools and universities, outdoor education facilities, nature centers, zoos
      • Municipalities, counties, townships and local government units such as health and park districts, soil and water conservation districts, solid waste management districts and regional planning agencies 
      • State agencies
      • Watershed groups (with local government sponsorship)
      • 501(c)(3) nonprofit groups
      • Private companies and trade associations


  • OEEF prefers to support projects that focus on a specific audience segment or limited range of ages.
  • Projects that heighten or improve awareness and educate the public about steps that can be taken to address the issues in Overview will score significantly higher in the review process and receive more favorable consideration. 
  • All OEEF grants will be reviewed and awarded following a competitive process. Projects demonstrating the following at the time of application will receive more favorable consideration during the review process: 
    • A strong, well-documented cash and in-kind match from the applicant and their collaborators that greatly exceeds the minimum 10% match required by OEEF. 
    • Targets the Regulated Community audience.
    • Takes place in a county where fewer than two OEEF grants have been awarded.


  • OEEF Does Not Fund:
    • basic research such as data collection, surveys, and/or stipends for researchers
    • beautification projects or landscaping
    • fund raising or membership drives
    • food or beverages
    • grants to individuals
    • grants, scholarships, or fellowships to be given by the OEEF grant recipient to a third party.
      • Grant funds may be used to pay up to $100 a day for either substitute teachers or teacher stipends to enable teachers to participate in OEEF-funded programs.
      • Grant funds may also be used to provide classroom supplies to enable teachers to implement new programs, but not to provide cash payments to teachers for these supplies.
      • Grant funds may not be used to pay for graduate credits that participants may earn at these events. 
    • pass-through of cash or incentive prizes to project participants, e.g. grant funds may not be used to provide services (such as septic system cleanouts) to project participants at a discounted cost. 
    • indirect costs, general operations, or overhead charges: e.g., rent, utilities, monthly phone or Website hosting charges. 
    • political advocacy, campaigning, legislative lobbying, or litigation programs.
      • Applications that advocate for a particular policy position or appear biased will not be considered. 
    • real estate acquisitions or due diligence research related to such acquisitions
    • construction activities including building construction, improvements to existing structures, pond or wetland construction, or the rental or purchase of heavy equipment
    •  reimbursement for the expense of any time, supplies or equipment purchased prior to the effective start date of the signed grant agreement 
    • staff salaries greater than 35% of the total amount of grant funds requested.
      • Grant funds requested to pay staff benefits and contractual salary/benefits will be included in calculating this 35% cap. 
    • Mileage reimbursements requesting more than the current State of Ohio rate of 52¢ per mile. OEEF discourages the use of grant funds for travel outside the state of Ohio.
      • OEEF will consider funding the cost of bringing expertise to Ohio from another state. 
    • applications from entities who have defaulted on the performance of grant commitments on prior OEEF-funded projects