NEEF offers a variety of grants and awards to support the great work being done across the nation at the local level. We routinely highlight individual and group commitment to nature through education and service.

In 2017, NEEF provided nearly $600,000 in grants and awards to educational (both formal and informal) and public land partners across the country. Our grantees embrace the mission and values of NEEF and do the essential work necessary to achieve the visionary goal of reaching 300 million people by 2022.

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. As a reminder, we do not accept unsolicited proposals.

Every Day Capacity Building Grants - Spectrum Events in St. Louis

2018 Every Day Capacity Building Grants

Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grants of up to $5,000 to build their organizational capacity to serve public lands.
Applications Due April 23
Greening STEM EE

2018 USFS BioBlitz Grant

NEEF, with major funding support from USFS, is offering over $17,000 through mini-grants to facilitate BioBlitz activities.
Applications Closed
Greening STEM EE

2018 USFS Pollinator/Community Garden Grant

NEEF, with major funding support from USFS, is offering over $10,700 through mini-grants to facilitate Pollinator & Community Garden activities.
Applications Closed
Kids running at Olympic National Park

Hands on the Land Mini-Grants

NEEF, in partnership with Partners in Resource Education, will award a total of $65,000 to Hands on the Land sites to support environmental education.
Applications Closed
Grantee Highlights
Fourth grade students at Deschutes National Forest during Discover Your Forest's 2016 BioBlitz

How One NEEF Grantee Connects Communities to Their Local Public Lands

Learn more about how NEEF grantee, Discover Your Forest, designs successful outdoor field experiences for K-12 students.
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Group yoga at the Atlanta Beltline

What has 7.8 miles of open trails, 406 acres of parks, free fitness classes AND an urban farm?

By 2030, the Atlanta BeltLine is expected to loop 22 miles of modern streetcar, 33 miles of multi-use trail, and 1,300 acres of parks.
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DIY Girls: Evelyn Gomez

DIY Girls Take Action in LA with a Little Help from NEEF

In the summer of 2016, a group of girls in Los Angeles, CA took on air quality and clean air in their community.
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Recently Awarded Grants

Get acquainted with NEEF’s grantmaking by learning about past programs and grantees.


2017 Every Day Event Grantees

NEEF awarded 25 Friends Groups up to $2,000 each to hold a minimum of three events on their public land site(s).
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2017 Every Day Capacity Building Grantees

13 non-profit organizations were awarded capacity building grants to help preserve public lands & waterways.
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Nonprofit Tools and Resources

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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