Funding Opportunities

Sometimes funding a Meaningful Watershed Education Experience can be outside of your classroom budget. If you are looking for a way to finance field trips for your students or buy supplies to install an outdoor classroom on your school grounds, the list below will link you to relevant grant programs in your state.

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The Environmental Education Grant Program funds programs and initiatives that advance environmental literacy and result in students having the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivation to take informed and responsible actions to protect and improve the environment.

Who Should Apply
Maryland school districts, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, higher education institutions, community associations, and more.
Amount
MWEE Implementation: $40,000/year for up to 3 years; Environmental Literacy Capacity Building: $40,000 for the 2022 schoolyear
Deadline
December (Annual)
State(s)
Maryland
Contact

Administered through Department of Environmental Protection, funds are used for projects ranging from creative, hands-on lessons for students, teacher training programs, and outdoor learning resources to conservation education for adults. Funds can be used to provide education resources, materials, equipment, and transportation to support creative, hands-on environmental education lessons for students. Review the grant website to learn of priority areas for the current grant cycle.

Organization
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Who Should Apply
Public schools and school districts (PreK-12) (including Intermediate Units and Charter Schools); Incorporated private schools; Incorporated conservation and education organizations and institutions; Universities and colleges; County conservation districts; Incorporated nonprofit organizations; Businesses (must be registered to conduct business in Pennsylvania)
Amount
Mini-Grants up to $3,000, Level I general grants up to $20,000, Level II general grants up to $85,000 *funding levels may change each year
Deadline
December (Annual)
State(s)
Pennsylvania
Contact

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will award up to $1.5 million in 2020 through our competitive Environmental Education and Stewardship grants program. Eligible organizations include nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and public and private K-12 schools in communities served by Dominion Energy companies (see website).

Organization
Dominion Energy
Who Should Apply
Non profit organizations and K-12 schools
Amount
The maximum grant award is $50,000 for nonprofit organizations in areas where Dominion Energy has significant assets or customer base. The maximum grant for K-12 schools is $5,000.
Deadline
Visit the website to learn about the current grant cycle
State(s)
Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Contact

The Youth Environmental Education Grant Program (Mini Pre-K-12 Environmental Education Grant Program) was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for youth environmental education opportunities and educator support. To accomplish this goal the program funds projects that involve youth and students investigating a local environmental issue, problem, or phenomenon through indoor and outdoor research culminating in developing solutions and taking action in their school or community – also known as the MWEE model.

Organization
Chesapeake Bay Trust
Who Should Apply
Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more in Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Amount
Up to $5,000 or $10,000 depending on the type of project
Deadline
January (Annual), and June (Annual)
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware
Contact

The NOAA Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET Chesapeake) grant supports programs that provide hands-on environmental education about issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay watershed for students through “meaningful watershed educational experiences” (MWEEs) and related professional development for educators who serve formal K-12 audiences. It encourages capacity building and partnership development for environmental education programs throughout the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Organization
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Who Should Apply
K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, institutions of higher education, community-based and nonprofit organizations, state or local government agencies, interstate agencies, and Indian tribal governments
Amount
up to $100,000 annually (regional) up to $100,000 annually (statewide)
Deadline
early March (annual)
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

Caring for our Watersheds challenges students to submit the most creative, thought-provoking, and innovative ideas to improve their watershed and provides funding that supports putting their ideas into action. The program is a project of Nutrien in partnership with nonprofit organizations around the world. EarthForce is hosting the Chesapeake Bay grant program.

Who Should Apply
Middle and High school student groups associated with a school within the Chesapeake Bay watershed
Amount
Up to $1,000 in implementation funds, additional prize and participation funds available
Deadline
Fall and Spring (Annual)
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants support programs with measurable goals that strengthen food systems and communities, enhance public health, and safeguard the environment and natural resources.

Who Should Apply
Innovative small and mid-sized 501c3s in the US.
Amount
Up to $7,000
Deadline
February 1st (Annual), June 1st (Annual), and October 1st (Annual)
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

EPA Environmental Education Grants support environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

Organization
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Who Should Apply
Schools and school systems, colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations and state and local government agencies. (A teacher's school district, an educator's not-for-profit organization, or a faculty member's college or university may apply, but an individual teacher is not eligible)
Amount
Minimum award is $15,000 and the maximum is $100,000
Deadline
Available funding changes each year, visit website for the current grant cycle
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

The National Environmental Education Foundation offers a variety of grants and awards to help organizations engage their local community to improve the environment, increase diversity, and expand their work locally. We routinely highlight individual and group commitment to nature through education and service. In 2019, NEEF provided nearly $700,000 in grants and awards to educational (both formal and informal) and public land partners across the country.

Organization
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
Who Should Apply
Nonprofits
Amount
Funding Opportunities vary each year, check the website for this current grant cycle
Deadline
Varies based on available funding opportunities
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

The NOAA Office of Education issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects that develop the collective environmental literacy necessary for communities to take actions that build resilience to extreme weather and climate change in ways that contribute to community health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity.

Organization
NOAA Office of Education
Who Should Apply
Institutions of higher education; other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems; and state, local and Indian tribal governments in the United States
Amount
Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project.
Deadline
Deadlines and available funding change each year, check the website for the current grant cycle
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

$5 billion to replace existing diesel school buses with cleaner and healthier electric and low-emission school buses.

Who Should Apply
State and local governments, school districts, eligible contractors, nonprofit school transportation associations, Tribal organizations and governments
Amount
Each applicant can request rebates for up to 25 buses. The amount of each rebate is dependent on a few factors (see application).
Deadline
August 19, 2022
State(s)
Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, Delaware, New York
Contact

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