Volunteers at National Public Lands Day 2015 at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens

2018 Every Day Event Grants - NOW CLOSED

Supporting restoration and resilience efforts, while continuing to promote the importance of public lands in today’s society.

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from Toyota, is offering $100,000 in mini-grants to support restoration and/or resilience-focused volunteer events on public lands. Awarded grantees will be expected to lead service events that either restore public lands and/or make those lands more resilient to future natural disasters. Grant-funded activities will mobilize community volunteers and educate participants about their role in protecting the long-term sustainability of their local public lands. 

Grant Goals:

Through these grants, NEEF will help: 1) restore public lands; 2) make lands more resilient to future threats; and 3) educate and engage the general public on practices they can apply to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. To achieve this, funds will be provided to Friends Groups, formal and informal educators, and local nonprofits who consistently partner with public lands.

Exemplary applicants will show how grant funds will be used to get people out in nature as part of restoration and/or resilience efforts. In addition to involving individual community members, the applicant will target specific segments of the population such as young adults, military veterans, etc. through local community partnerships.


    • Applicants can request up to $8,000 in grant funds.
    • Application Opens: Monday, July 2, 2018
    • Application Closes: 11:59pm (EST) Friday, September 28, 2018
    • Grant Period: November 2018 - September 2019
    • Final Report Due: October 31, 2019


    • Open to 501(c)(3)s who have a documented connection to a public land agency. These include federal, state, and local public lands agencies. A current partnership letter from a public land partner agency must be provided to show support of proposed project.
    • Applicant must host two to three volunteer event days that focus on the restoration of a public land/space recently impacted by natural disaster and/or address the general resilience of a public land/space; and
    • Provide a letter of support from a local community partner who will aid in volunteer/donation efforts.

    Strong applications will include the following:

    • If leading a resilience project, applicant will describe the need for the proposed plan and how natural infrastructures will be implemented or improved as a way to prevent/minimize future disasters;
    • If leading a restoration project, applicant will describe when and where the disaster(s) occurred; the extent of the damage; current efforts underway by the community, and conservation activities that will take place to restore the land;
    • (If leading a project that addresses both restoration and resilience, applicant will incorporate both bullets mentioned above);
    • Describe how the above mentioned restoration and/or resilience events will lead to long-term impacts;
    • provide details of when programming/activities will take place during the grant year. This should include any required prep days and post-work days surrounding the volunteer events;
    • describe how restoration and/or resilience efforts will be used to both connect people to nature and help public lands further promote participatory, knowledge-based approaches to restoration and resilience which can also be applied at home; and
    • describe how the restoration and/or resilience events will lead to long-term impacts.

    Application Instructions:

    All applications must be submitted through our online system. Please follow the following steps to apply:

    1. Log in or create an account in NEEF's online grants system

    2. To access the application, click Apply on the left-hand column. Select grant titled "2018 Every Day Event Grant" to begin your application. 

    3. Once you have completed the application, click Submit Form. If you do not click Submit Form, you will not have applied. You will be directed to a confirmation screen upon submitting. 

    If you have any questions or problems, please contact us at grantsadmin@neefusa.org


    *For more background information and guidance, please review the Request for Proposals before submitting an application.

    *Examples of restoration and resilience activities, such as invasive species removal, shore cleanups, or community gardens can be found here.

    Apply Now. Applications due by 11:59pm EST Friday, September 28, 2018.