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Grants

NEEF offers a variety of grants and awards to help organizations engage their local community to improve the environment, increase diversity, and expand their work locally. We routinely highlight individual and group commitment to nature through education and service. Last year, NEEF provided over $700,000 in grants and awards to educational (both formal and informal) and public land partners across the country.

To stay on top of our grant programs, make sure to sign up for our email list.

If you have any questions about an open grant, please email grantsadmin@neefusa.org. Please note that we cannot provide any information about grants that are not open. This includes when a closed grant will be open again.

For information on helping your organization manage its money and get on the road to grantseeking, check out the Nonprofit Learning Center.

Current Funding Opportunities

The majority of NEEF’s grantmaking is through competitive grant award programs. Search below for all available funding opportunities and learn how to apply for a grant. To apply, please select the program below and follow the guidelines and application requirements. We recommend that you carefully review eligibility criteria and selection guidelines as they vary by grant program. All applications must be submitted via our online grants system by the deadline date provided. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unsolicited proposals.

Please review NEEF’s Glossary of Terms and Frequently Asked Questions before applying for a grant opportunity.

In Review
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2022 National Public Lands Day Department of Defense Awards

Up to $20,000 in funding for National Public Lands Day projects on military lands that are open for recreation.
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2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grant, Sponsored by Toyota

With support from Toyota, we are awarding $300,000 in funding to make public lands more accessible and enjoyable for Americans of all abilities.
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Recently Awarded Grants
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NEEF Announces 2022-2023 Awardees of NPS-21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Greening STEM Grant

NEEF is proud to announce the awardees of this year’s NPS-21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Greening STEM Grant.
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NEEF Announces Awardees for 2022-2023 Forest Service Greening STEM Grant

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is proud to announce the awardees of the 2022-2023 Forest Service Greening STEM Grant.
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NEEF Announces Awardees for 2022-2023 Bureau of Land Management Greening STEM Grant

NEEF is proud to announce the awardees of the 2022-2023 Bureau of Land Management Greening STEM Grant.
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2022 Biodiversity Conservation Grantees: Enhancing Pollinator Habitats

NEEF is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2022 Biodiversity Conservation Grantees: Enhancing Pollinator Habitats.
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NEEF Announces 2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grantees

NEEF is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grantees.
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Past Grantees

Our grantees have lead service events dedicated to the restoration, resilience, and conservation of public lands, worked with the National Park Service on professional training and development, coordinated with the US Forest Service on conservation activities, and engaged in place-based environmental education efforts. From impactful service-oriented events throughout the country to local development of pollinator gardens, NEEF's grantmaking opportunities embodied our mission and values.

Contact NEEF’s Grantmaking Department at grantsadmin@neefusa.org with any questions or for additional information about current or impending grant opportunities. Sign up for NEEF’s Grantmaking distribution list to receive the latest news and updates.

Grantee Highlights
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Story Map: Restoration & Resilience Fund

An interactive tour of projects funded through the Restoration & Resilience COVID fund
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NEEF Conservation Grant Supports Biodiversity in the California Floristic Province

This NEEF grant supports biodiversity conservation projects on public lands within the California Floristic Province ecological region.
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Bay Area Nonprofit Drives Accessibility on Public Lands Thanks to NEEF Grant

The 2022 Driving Mobility and Accessibility on Public Lands Grant helps Bay Area Outreach and Recreations make public lands more accessible to all.
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Volunteers with the Mountain Studies Institute at a stewardship event

After wildfires decimated their town, this local nonprofit group helped a Colorado community heal through environmental stewards

NEEF & Toyota awarded Mountain Studies Institute with a Restoration & Resilience grant for environmental education & stewardship.
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Improving Accessibility at Sleeping Bear Dunes

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes conducted accessibility assessments to identify barriers for people with physical disabilities & recommend improvements
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Nonprofit Tools and Resources
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Free or Low-Cost Resources for Nonprofits

To help organizations accomplish all of their goals in the coming year, NEEF has compiled a list of free or low-cost resources for nonprofits.
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7 Tips for Writing an Effective Grant Proposal

Whether you are applying for grant funding from NEEF, or elsewhere, these tips will ensure that your proposal is in top shape.
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Nonprofit Learning Center

NEEF offers resources for nonprofits to keep organized and prepared.
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NEEF Resources
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Environmental Educator Resources

Check out these resources tailored for educators, citizen scientists, and more!
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Greening STEM Hub

Every classroom has a STEM lab right outside their doors. Our Greening STEM Hub has the resources educators need to engage students with nature.
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Public Lands Engagement: A Focus on Health and Wellness

NEEF's Public Lands Engagement Guide: Health & Wellness in Nature promotes spending quality time in nature and green spaces for general well-being.
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Public Lands Engagement: A Focus on Environmental Education

NEEF's Public Lands Engagement Guide: Environmental Education in Nature promotes incorporating EE activities into events on public lands.
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