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for Environmental Education Activities

Environmental Education (EE) Grant Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Conf. Date:

10/21/21

Deadline Date:

12/06/21 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, educational and environmental agencies, IHEs, and educational broadcasting agencies for educational activities that encourage environmental awareness. Applicants are advised that registration required to apply may take at least one month to complete. Funding is intended to support projects that foster environmental stewardship and awareness, and that demonstrate, disseminate, and design educational methods and techniques.

Under the 2021 EE Local Grant Program, 10 Requests for Applications (RFA) were issued nationally, one in each of EPA's ten Regions. The purpose of the Environmental Education Local Grants Program in each Region is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

In order to be eligible, all applicants must address at least one of the following EPA educational priorities:

  1. Community Projects
  2. Career Development
  3. Environmental Education Capacity Building
  4. Environmental Justice

Further details related to these priorities can be found in Section 1, Part D of the 2021 Solicitation.

In order to be eligible, all applicants must address at least one of the environmental priorities listed in any current solicitation notice. In the 2021 solicitation notice both environmental priorities and sample topics are listed (Section 1, Part D), and applicants are instructed to select a priority and specify a topic they will address under that priority (they could address one of the sample topics listed or propose another topic relevant to their local area and consistent with the Administrator’s priorities and the Agency’s Strategic Plan).

  1. Addressing Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
  2. Ensuring Clean and Safe Water
  3. Cleaning Up our Communities by Revitalizing Land and Preventing Contamination

Further details (including sample topics) related to these priorities can be found in Section 1, Part D of the 2021 Solicitation.

Applications may address more than one priority in each category, but if more than one priority is addressed, then it is important that the application is clear which priority in each category (educational and environmental) is the focus of the project and why that focus was chosen for the proposed project.

Applications must specifically reference one or more of EPA's Strategic Goals in the application and explain how the project will support the goal(s). Read more about EPA’s Strategic Goals in EPA's Strategic Plan (in Supporting Documents below).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150553

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

EPA expects to award three to four grants from each of the EPA's 10 Regional Offices for a total of approximately 30 to 35 grants nationwide.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award amount for each of these grants will be no less than $50,000, and no more than $100,000 in federal funds.

Term of Contract:

EPA will accept applications for one or two-year project periods, but the total funding will be the same regardless of the project period. The application must demonstrate clearly how the project will be completed in the time frame proposed.

Applicants should plan for their projects to begin no earlier than July 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any local education agency, college or university, state education or environmental agency, nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or a noncommercial educational broadcasting entity as defined and licensed by Federal Communications may submit an application. Applicant organizations must be located in the United States or territories, and the majority (i.e., greater than 50%) of the educational activities must take place in the United States; or in the United States and Canada or Mexico; or in U.S. Territories. A teacher’s school district, a nonprofit organization of which an educator or other individual is a member, or a faculty member’s college or university may apply, but an individual, a teacher or a faculty member may not apply on his/her own. Eligibility requirements apply to both “prime” recipients and subrecipients. “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 those criteria or the nonprofit criteria listed above and below.

For-profit organizations are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Additionally, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply.

Ineligible Activities:
- Technical training of environmental management professionals
- Environmental "information" and/or "outreach" projects that have no additional educational component
- Advocacy promoting a particular point of view or course of action
- Lobbying or political activities
- Non-educational research and development
- Construction projects- EPA will not fund construction activities such as the acquisition of real property (e.g. buildings) or the construction or modification of any building.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Office of Environmental Education will host two webinars where EE Grants Program staff will discuss how to write a competitive application and address commonly asked questions related to the 2021 EE Local Grants Request for Applications (RFA).

Date/Time of upcoming webinars:

- October 21, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (ET)
Click here to join the webinar: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NzU5YWZlMTctYmE0OC00MWMyLThkYzAtY2Q1M2NjNzkwYjFm%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%22a40fe4ba-abc7-48fe-8792-b43889936400%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22de824770-127b-4913-ae44-00c869ee5ad2%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a

- Webinar #2: TBD

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of application submissions is Monday, December 6, 2021, 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET).

Applications must be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov, by following the instructions in the RFA.

Applicants must make sure the application is submitted to the correct EPA Region that corresponds to the location of the project, which may not necessarily be where their organization is based.

A grantee under this solicitation will be required to award exactly 25% (no more and no less) ofthe funds received from EPA to eligible subrecipients in the form of subawards of $5,000 or less. There is also a cost sharing (match) requirement that all applicants must meet, which must be for a minimum of 25% of the total project amount.

The Grants.gov registration process requires that the applicant organization have a DUNS number and current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through Grants.gov and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline. A DUNS number can be obtained at https://www.dnb.com/. The System for Award Management or SAM is used to register your organization to do business with the federal government and can be found at https://www.sam.gov/SAM/.

To access the Grants.gov entry for your region, enter the appropriate Funding Opportunity Number for your region: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

Environmental Education (EE) Grant Solicitation Notice: https://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grant-solicitation-notice
FAQs: https://www.epa.gov/education/frequent-questions-about-environmental-education-grants-program
Strategic Plan: https://www.epa.gov/planandbudget/strategicplan

Other Resources:
- Video Tutorial on how to apply through grants.gov: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNSNGxQE7NWlPcYxVJsglJbRc6cPcfC8X&feature=iv&src_vid=8HLFoOoVGQY&annotation_id=annotation_2281522733
- Video Tutorial on how to develop a budget: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-develop-budget
- How to apply for an EPA grant: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants
- Grants Management Training Resources: https://www.epa.gov/grants/grants-management-training-non-profit-applicants-and-recipients
- Webinars: https://www.epa.gov/grants/epa-grants-award-process-webinars

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For specific questions regarding the EE Grants Program, email EEGrants@EPA.gov.

Regional Coordinators:

Region 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT
Kristen Conroy
U.S. EPA, Region 1
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
Mail Code: ORA 1-4
Boston, MA 02109-3912
conroy.kristen@epa.gov

Region 2 - NJ, NY, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Tasha Frazier
U.S. EPA, Region 2
290 Broadway
26th Floor
New York, NY 10007-1866
frazier.tasha@epa.gov

Region 3 - DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV
Stephanie Branche
U.S. EPA, Region 3
1650 Arch Street
Mail Code: 3OCTEA
Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029
branche.stephanie@epa.gov

Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN
Melba Table
U.S. EPA, Region 4
61 Forsyth Street SW
Mail Code: 9T25
Atlanta, GA 30303
table.melba@epa.gov

Region 5 - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI
Megan Gavin
U.S. EPA, Region 5
77 West Jackson Boulevard
Mail Code: RM-19J
Chicago, IL 60604
gavin.megan@epa.gov

Region 6 - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX
Alexandra Olson
U.S. EPA, Region 6
1201 Elm Street, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75270
olson.alexandra@epa.gov

Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE
Tamara Freeman
U.S. EPA, Region 7
11201 Renner Blvd.
Mail Code: ORA/OIA
Lenexa, KS 66219
freeman.tamara@epa.gov

Region 8 -CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY
Wendy Dew
U.S. EPA, Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Mail Code: 80C
Denver, CO 80202-1129
dew.wendy@epa.gov

Region 9 - AZ, CA, HI, NV, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau
Eileen Shanahan
U.S. EPA, Region 9
75 Hawthorne Street
Mail Code: OPA-1
San Francisco, CA 94105
Shanahan.Eileen@epa.gov

Region 10 - AK, ID, OR, WA
Sally Hanft
U.S. EPA, Region 10
1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900
Mail Code: RAD 12-D12
Seattle, WA 98101
hanft.sally@epa.gov

Headquarters - Washington, DC
Michael Band
U.S. EPA, Headquarters
1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Mail Code: 1704A
Washington, DC 20460
eegrants@epa.gov

For assistance with grants.gov, contact:
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

CFDA Number:

66.951

Funding or Pin Number:

Region 1: EPA-EE-21-01 / Region 2: EPA-EE-21-02 / Region 3: EPA-EE-21-03 / Region 4: EPA-EE-21-04 / Region 5: EPA-EE-21-05 / Region 6: EPA-EE-21-06 / Region 7: EPA-EE-21-07 / Region 8: EPA-EE-21-08 / Region 9: EPA-EE-21-09 / Region 10: EPA-EE-21-10

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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