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K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grant

The Chesapeake Bay Trust Mini Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for pre-K-12 Environmental Education to educate students about their local watersheds and how they can become environmental stewards and make a difference in watershed health. To accomplish this goal the program supports meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects and schoolyard habitat projects as well as building teacher capacity to implement environmental education including professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy in the Chesapeake Bay region.

 

What this funds: Meaningful outdoor learning experiences around a watershed issue investigation including field trips, fieldwork, student-led action projects, schoolyard habitat projects as well as teacher professional development trainings and programs to advance environmental literacy.

Who can apply: Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. See RFP for full list of organizations.

How much can be awarded: Up to $5,000.

Is match required? The Trust requires that all non-Title 1 schools provide funding for at least half of their field trip or experience costs.

Deadline: The next deadline for this program was August 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

Partners: The Mini Grant Program is supported by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET).

Program Status

 This grant program is currently OPEN. To view the RFP, click here.  

2016-2017 Environmental Education K-12 Mini Grant Schedule 

The Trust is still unable to provide reimbursement funding; this means that project start dates must occur after the date of decision. Deadlines, decision dates, and acceptable project start dates are listed below. Applications must be received by the Trust by the deadline date.  

Mini Grant Environmental Education Program Deadlines (no faxes or emails will be accepted):

Deadline Date 

Decision Date   


Project Start Date

August 5, 2016, 5:00pm

 September 30, 2016

no earlier than October 1, 2016

January 13, 2017, 5:00pm

March 10, 2017

no earlier than March 11, 2017



                                                    

          Examples of application and project timing:

  • If your field trip occurs on October 1, 2016, you must apply by August 5, 2016; if you apply to the January 13, 2017 deadline, your funding would be considered reimbursement, which is not allowed in this program.

  • If your field trip occurs on March 1, 2017, you must apply by August 5, 2016, nine months in advance, in order to receive notification before your trip.

  • If your field trip occurs on April 1, 2017, you can apply by any of the three deadlines. However, if you wait until the January 13, 2017 deadline, you will not find out until March 10, 2017, only about three weeks before your field trip. If you need more lead time for planning purposes, you should apply by the August 5, 2016 deadline.

Attention Applicants:
There is a NEW guidance for applicants and a NEW proposal narrative format for K-12 Mini-Grants. These changes reflect ongoing efforts by CBT to support the integration of environmental education with efforts to improve and enhance instruction inside and outside of the classroom. The proposal narrative is intended to serve as both an application and a planning tool to assist the applicant in providing a high quality environmental education experience for their students.

Applicants will be required to complete and upload a narrative form depending on their type of request:

Meaningful Watershed Issue Investigations Narrative Form and Example


Professional Development Trainings Narrative Form
 

Grant Application Process

The Chesapeake Bay Trust's grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact this program’s grant manager, Emily Stransky at 410-974-2941 ext. 101. *Please note: The Trust's grant system works best in Internet Explorer, especially when uploading documents.*

  


*Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply several days prior to the deadline, due to potential for high website traffic on the date of the deadline. Technical assistance for online application cannot be guaranteed on the deadline date.*

Questions & Technical Support
Emily Stransky
estransky@cbtrust.org
410-974-2941 x101