The Department of Environmental Protection is now accepting applications for its 2017 round of Environmental Education Grants. The deadline for applications is December 16.
DEP is increasing the range of grants available to eligible applicants. The 2017 round will include grants of up to $50,000 to applicants for larger-scale regional or statewide proposals.
“Projects funded by environmental education grants promote the environmental literacy of our citizens, both students and adults alike,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “When people understand the environmental challenges facing their neighborhoods and communities, they can make informed decisions and take responsible actions to address them.”
Applicants for the new $50,000 general grants must provide a 20 percent match and are not eligible for advance payments.
Traditional mini-grants of up to $3,000 will also be available. The mini-grants are eligible for advance payments and do not require a match.
Awarded projects may begin on or after July 1, 2017. Mini-grant projects must be completed by June 30, 2018 and general grants must be completed by June 30, 2019.
All applicants are encouraged to undertake projects that address DEP’s priority topics of climate change, water education and environmental justice.
Potential applicants should also review an archived copy of DEP’s September 29 webinar on the new grant offering. Click Here for the link. A copy of the PowerPoint used is also available.
More information on these grants and a link to the new online application portal is available on DEP’s Environmental Education Grants webpage. Help on using the new online process is available at 800-379-7448 or by sending email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.Questions about the Environmental Education Grants Program should be directed to Ann Devine, DEP Environmental Educator, by sending email to: email@example.com.