Support for locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues
Under this solicitation EPA is seeking grant applications from eligible applicants to support locally-focused environmental education projects that promote environmental and conservation stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, as described in this notice, that will serve to increase environmental literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local community(ies) in which they are located. Selections and awards will be made in Region 1. (Note that separate solicitations will be issued from each of the 10 EPA Regional Offices, and selections and awards will be made in each respective Region.) 4 The National Environmental Education Act (Act) requires that exactly 25% of all funds obligated under Section 6 of the Environmental Education Grant Program in a fiscal year be for grant awards of not more than $5,000. Accordingly, each recipient (i.e., the “prime” recipient) of a grant under this solicitation will be required to award exactly 25% (no more and no less) of the funds received from EPA to eligible sub-recipients in the form of subawards of $5,000 or less. Please note that this is different from the requirement in the Act that each recipient provide a cost sharing (match) of 25% or more of the total project amount. EPA receives a large number of grant applications under this program and can fund just a small percentage of those applications received. To ensure that grant applications are competitive, applicants should carefully read Sections IV and V regarding how to structure an application and what criteria will be used to evaluate applications. EPA seeks to fund a variety of projects in each competition cycle in order to support a range of educational and environmental priorities, geographic areas, and audiences, especially as compared to the pool of previously funded projects. In addition, applicants must demonstrate that their application is for a project for which they (the applicant) have not been previously awarded a grant by EPA’s EE program and a statement to this effect must be included in the Project Summary; or the applicant must demonstrate that they are expanding, building on, enhancing or otherwise modifying a project previously funded by EPA’s EE Grant Program. Go to the Environmental Education (EE) Grants page to see the list and descriptions of projects previously funded by this program.
Start Date and Length of Project Period Applicants should plan for their projects to begin no earlier than August 1, 2020. Applicants should plan for a flexible start date since the date awards are made depends on a variety of factors. EPA will accept applications for one or 2-year project periods, but the total funding will be the same regardless of the project period (i.e., if a 2-year project is proposed for $100,000, the award amount is $100,000 for the whole 2 years and no additional funding will be issued for the second year). The application must demonstrate clearly how the project will be completed in the time frame proposed.
The terms for eligibility to apply for a grant under this RFA are defined in Section 3 of the Act and 2 CFR Part 200 and CFDA 66.951. 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 12 Communications Commission may submit an application. 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; 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 subawardees. “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. B. Matching Funds Non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the grant project are required for awards made under this announcement. The matching requirement is explained in detail in Section IV(E)(6)(b) under Detailed Budget Table and Narrative and Matching Funds Explanation. In order to be eligible for funding consideration, applications must demonstrate how the match requirement will be met if selected for an award. Under appropriate circumstances, applicants may use partnerships to assist with matching funds requirements. See Section I (D) above for further information about Partnerships. Applicants must be aware, however, that regardless of whether it is a partner(s) or their own organization that is providing the matching funds, the applicant itself is responsible for ensuring that the cost share requirement is met.
Funding/Awards: The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity in U.S. EPA Region 1 is up to $300,000. The Region expects to award three or four grants for no less than $50,000, and no more than $100,000 each. Region 1 covers the states of Connecticut (CT), Maine (ME), Massachusetts (MA), New Hampshire (NH), Rhode Island (RI), and Vermont (VT)