Section 5 of the National Environmental Education Act authorizes EPA to fund a National Environmental Education Training Program. The purpose of this program is to deliver environmental education training and long-term support to teachers and other education professionals across the U.S. to enable them to teach effectively about environmental issues.
EPA awards one cooperative agreement to fund this 5 year national program. U.S. institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, or a consortia of such institutions are eligible to apply. EPA encourages eligible institutions to form consortia to operate this program. To be eligible for consideration, the program must:
- Be delivered to a wide range of education professionals that reach diverse demographic populations in all geographic regions of the U.S., including K-12 classroom teachers, faculty in education departments in colleges and universities, and non-formal educators in settings such as parks, nature centers, and museums.
- Build on existing national environmental education resources and programs to leverage resources, encourage partnerships, and reduce duplication of effort.
- Provide at least a 25% non-federal match.
Funding for Smaller Projects:
For information on EPA funding for smaller scale educator training or other EE projects, please go to the Environmental Education Grant Program.
EPA Grant Webinar:
EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting webinars for the EPA grants community (to be determined shortly). The webinars will address:
- how to find and apply for grant opportunities
- an update on the status of Grants.gov
- preparing a proper budget detail
EPA expects to award funds for this program by September 30, 2010. The program is expected to operate from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015, subject to the availability of appropriations and other factors. Applications are due by July 26, 2010.
EPA Contact: Kathleen MacKinnon