Ohio Environmental Education Fund Mini Grant

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

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

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 9, 2019 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jan 16, 2019 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Jul 9, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Jul 16, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: For-Profit Business Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Indigenous Group

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). 

OEEF supports innovative projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues, and provide the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. Environmental education is based on objective and scientifically sound information, and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action. It teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking, and it enhances their problem-solving and decision-making skills.

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 2017, 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.


  • 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


  • While projects may target more than one of these audiences, OEEF prefers to support projects that focus on a specific audience segment or limited range of ages.
  • OEEF grants are targeted to environmental issues in Ohio where there is a significant need for more education and awareness.
    • Projects that heighten or improve awareness and educate the public about steps that can be taken to address issues in Overview will score significantly higher in the review process and receive more favorable consideration. 
  •  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.


  • No organization will be awarded more than one grant at a time, or during a twelve-month period. 
  • 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