Environmental Education Grants

The Environmental Education Grants Program supports projects to design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate practices, methods, or techniques related to environmental education and teacher training.

As required by Public Law 101-619, this grant program provides financial support for environmental

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education projects implemented by schools, universities, state and local government environmental and educational agencies, tribal education agencies, and nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

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Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: Funding priorities for fiscal years 2015 and 2016 are to award grants for both model, replicable projects and locally focused projects, and to award 25% of the appropriated grant funding to small grants of $5000 or less through a sub-grant program.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: Funding priorities for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 are to award grants for both model, replicable projects and locally focused projects, and to award 25% of the appropriated grant funding to small grants of $5000 or less through a sub-grant program.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: Funding priorities for fiscal year 2017 are to award grants for locally focused environmental education projects, and to award 25% of the appropriated grant funding to small grants of $5000 or less through a sub-grant program.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2018: Funding priorities for fiscal year 2018 are to award grants for locally focused environmental education projects, and to award 25% of the appropriated grant funding to small grants of $5000 or less through a sub-grant program.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Environmental Education projects funded in FY 2016 included (but were not limited to) projects 1) to train middle and high school teachers in communities along the Colorado River to introduce place-based, experiential learning activities in their classroom lessons about the river as a resource for the region; 2) to encourage families across the country to explore nature along with young adult guides from their community and with the expert assistance from local zoos and aquarium staff; and 3) to empower citizen scientists in Pennsylvania and surrounding states to monitor water quality side by side with professional scientists in their communities and learn how to reduce pollution in local waterways.

Fiscal Year 2017: Environmental Education projects funded in FY 2017 included (but were not limited to) projects 1) to educate middle school students about air quality issues and sources of pollutants in the Northeast region of the U.S.

where they live; 2) to expose elementary school students in California to environmental career fields through project-based learning and mentoring by STEM professionals; and 3) to provide professional development for elementary school teachers in the Pacific Northwest to be able to introduce lessons about the connections between the salmonid life cycle, healthy fish and healthy watersheds.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog and on the website www2.epa.gov/education/grants.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Mid Klamath Watershed Council $ 60,000   2019-08-012022-03-31
Metro Waste Authority $ 100,000   2020-02-012022-02-01
Friends Of The Teton River, Inc $ 82,900   2019-10-012021-09-30
Oxbow Center For Sustainable Agriculture & The Environment $ 46,355   2019-10-012021-09-30
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Inc. $ 100,000   2019-06-012021-09-01
National Center For Appropriate Technology Inc, The $ 98,000   2019-09-012021-08-31
Southern Illinois University $ 100,000   2019-09-012021-08-31
Colorado Mountain College $ 97,217   2019-09-012021-08-31
Soundwaters Inc $ 100,000   2019-09-012021-08-31
Ecorise Youth Innovations $ 100,000   2019-09-012021-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Approximately 470 applications were received for the EE Local Grants program in FY16. 33 awards were made for EE Local Grants with FY16 funds, and 3 grants were awarded at headquarters for EE Model Grants with FY16 funds (selected in June 2015 from the pool of applicants received for the 2014/2015 solicitation notice). Fiscal Year 2017: 36 grant awards were made with FY 2017 funds for applications received under the 2016 EE Local Grants solicitation (under a waiver from the Office of Grants and Debarment, due to the late receipt of FY17 funds and the large number of high quality applications received in FY16). Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funds shall be used to establish an education program which shall include, at a minimum: (1) design, demonstration, or dissemination of environmental curricula and materials on specific topics for which there are no existing materials; (2) design and demonstration of field methods, practices, and techniques, including review of environmental and ecological conditions and analysis of environmental and pollution problems; (3) projects to understand and evaluate a specific environmental issue or a specific environmental problem; (4) provision of training or related education for teachers, faculty, or related personnel in a specific geographic area or region; and (5) design and demonstration of projects to foster international cooperation in addressing environmental issues and problems involving the United States and Canada or Mexico.

Priority will be given to those projects which will develop: (a) a new or significantly improved environmental education practice, method, or technique; (b) an environmental education method which may have wide application; (c) an environmental education method which addresses skills or scientific fields identified as a priority in the report developed by the National Environmental Education Advisory Council; and (d) an environmental education project which addresses an environmental issue which, in the judgment of the Administrator, is of a high priority.

More specific priorities are listed above under Objectives and are specified in the annual Solicitation Notice.

Restrictions: No funds made available for this program shall be used for technical training of environmental management professionals; for advocacy or lobbying; for acquisition of real property (including buildings); or the construction or substantial modification of any building.

Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information.

Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Assistance under this program is generally available to local education agencies, colleges and universities, state education and environmental agencies, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service, and noncommercial educational broadcasting entities as defined and licensed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Applicant organizations must be located in the United States or territories and the majority of the educational activities must take place in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.

'Tribal education agencies' that are eligible to apply include a school or community college which is controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation, which is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and which is not administered by the Bureau of Indian Education.

Tribal organizations do not qualify unless they meet that criteria or the environmental agency or non-profit criteria listed above.

The terms for eligibility are defined in Section 3 of the Act and 40 CFR 47.105.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Education (0-8), education (9-12), education (13+), nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation of nonprofit status may be required. Applicants must demonstrate that they have appropriate background, academic training, and experience in the field, and may be asked to demonstrate the necessary equipment or facilities to carry out the project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The annual solicitation notice for proposals and grant tutorials are available on the Agency's website listed below.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications are accepted for one or two solicitations on an annual grant cycle and are due at the deadline(s) stated in each solicitation. Applicants submit an application package in the format required in the annual Solicitation Notice(s). Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. After being submitted to grants.gov, some applications will be reassigned by the EE Grants Manager to the appropriate EPA Regional Offices, depending on specifications in each Solicitation Notice and where the project activities will take place.

Award Procedures

Applications for Environmental Education assistance agreements will be evaluated by the appropriate EPA Headquarters or Regional Offices based on where the proposed project will take place and the nature of the awards as described in the solicitation notice. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant. All awards are competed through the annual announcement(s) and no proposals are awarded non-competitively.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

National Environmental Education Act, Section 6, Public Law 101-619.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days.

Appeals

Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts.' Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

None. Grants proposals are solicited and evaluated annually on a competitive basis. Therefore, applicants should not plan for renewals.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: In accordance with the National Environmental Education Act (Public Law 101-619), federal funds for any project under this section shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of such project. The project has a 25 percent non-federal match required by statutory formula. For the purposes of this section, the non-federal share of project costs may be provided by cash or by in- kind contributions and other non-cash support. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

One or two year project periods are possible in this program, depending upon the nature and complexity of the project. Activities must be completed within the time frame of the budget period agreed upon at the time of the award. Two or more concurrent grants to the same organization for the same project are not allowed in this program. Grants are usually fully (rather than incrementally) funded. This determination is made by the EPA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: At a rate needed by the grantee, downloaded by them from an account established at the start of the project period.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Recipients of grants are expected to submit progress reports on at least a semi-annual basis.

Final reports and two copies of all grants products are due within 90 days of the close of the budget period.

Expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each assistance agreement, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA assistance accounts. All records must be maintained until the expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as the result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,306,600; FY 17 est $3,306,600; and FY 18 est $3,000,000 - FY 2016: $3,306,600; FY 2017: $3,306,600; FY 2018 estimated $3,000,000 FY.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The dollar range stated in the FY 2016 EE Local Grants solicitation notice was no more than $91,000 per grant. In FY16 and FY17 the average amount awarded per EE grant was approximately $90,000. The range stated in the FY 2016 EE Local Grants solicitation notice was no more than $91,000 per grant. In FY14 and FY15 the average amount awarded per EE Model grant was approximately $192,000 and the average amount per EE Local grant was approximately $90,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500. 40 CFR Parts 7, 12, 32 Subpart F, 33, 47; Public Law 101-619, and the Office of Environmental Education annual Grant Program Solicitation Notice(s.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog and on the website www2.epa.gov/education/grants.

Headquarters Office

Karen Scott, Environmental Education Grant Program 1704A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: scott.karen@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-2194.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Basis and priorities for selecting proposals are listed in Section 6 of Public Law 101-619, National Environmental Education Act, and in the annual Solicitation Notice which can be accessed at www2.epa.gov/enviroed on the internet. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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