The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for a total of $3.4 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs.  EPA expects to award approximately 100 grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Grant Program is to promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens.  The grants provide financial support for innovative projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Projects should involve environmental education activities that go beyond disseminating information.

The Environmental Education Grant Program provides funding to local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges or universities, not-for-profit organizations, or noncommercial educational broadcasting entities. Tribal education agencies, which are controlled by an Indian tribe, band or nation, may also apply, including a school or community college.

Since the program began, EPA has provided more than $45 million in funding to more than 3,000 agencies and organizations.

Eligibility: Applicants must represent one of the following types of organizations to be eligible for an environmental education grant:
o local education agency
o state education or environmental agency
o college or university
o non-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
o noncommercial educational broadcasting entity
o tribal education agency (which includes schools and community colleges controlled by an Indian tribe, band, or nation)
* 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
* The primary applicant must be based in the U.S.; partner organizations and project activities may be located in Canada or Mexico, or in U.S. territories.

Award Amount:
$5,000 to $200,000

How to Apply: Complete the Application and Budget Form.   Download the application (Federal Form SF-424) and budget form (Federal Form SF-424A) to complete the application electronically. Print a hard copy of the completed application and budget form and mail it to EPA as described in the Solicitation Notice.

It is important that you send your application to the correct point of contact at EPA so that your application is not late and disqualified. Please see Section VII (Agency Contacts) for complete address information for the points of contact at Headquarters and the Regional Offices. Please be sure to include the first and last name of the point of contact in the Regional Office on the mailing label for your application. Applications sent to a Regional Office without a point of contact identified on the mailing label may be routed incorrectly and arrive late to the Regional point of contact; applications that arrive after the deadline will be disqualified.

Applicants requesting between $5,000 and $50,000 should mail their application to the point of contact in the Regional Office where the project will take place. Applicants requesting between $50,001 and $200,000 should mail their application to the point of contact for EPA Headquarters.

Deadline: December 15, 2009.

For more detailed information: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants_apply.html

Note: Please do not contact the Green Economy Post regarding this opportunity.  We are not affiliated with the sponsoring organizations, and therefore have no additional information. Sometimes the link is changed for the opportunities.  When this happens, go to the home page of the organizers to locate information on the opportunity or contact the organization directly.

© 2009, Tracey de Morsella. All rights reserved. Do not republish.

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Author: Tracey de Morsella (323 Articles)

Tracey de Morsella started her career working as an editor for US Technology Magazine. She used that experience to launch Delaware Valley Network, a publication for professionals in the Greater Philadelphia area. Years later, she used the contacts and resources she acquired to work in executive search specializing in technical and diversity recruitment. She has conducted recruitment training seminars for Wachovia Bank, the Department of Interior and the US Postal Service. During this time, she also created a diversity portal called The Multicultural Advantage and published the Diversity Recruitment Advertising Toolkit, a directory of recruiting resources for human resources professionals. Her career and recruitment articles have appeared in numerous publications and web portals including Woman Engineer Magazine, Monster.com, About.com Job Search Channel, Workplace Diversity Magazine, Society for Human Resource Management web site, NSBE Engineering Magazine, HR.com, and Human Resource Consultants Association Newsletter. Her work with technology professionals drew her to pursuing training and work in web development, which led to a stint at Merrill Lynch as an Intranet Manager. In March, she decided to combine her technical and career management expertise with her passion for the environment, and with her husband, launched The Green Economy Post, a blog providing green career information and covering the impact of the environment, sustainable building, cleantech and renewable energy on the US economy. Her sustainability articles have appeared on Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Chem.Info,FastCompany and CleanTechies.