US Naval Academy - NEEF Grants

Grants

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. Last year, NEEF provided nearly $600,000 in grants and awards to educational (both formal and informal) and public land partners across the country.

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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 of 2018, we will no longer be offering Capacity Building Grants. Unfortunately, we cannot accept unsolicited proposals.

Organizations may apply for more than one grant, although current Every Day grantees must close out of their current grant year before applying for another Every Day grant.

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

Volunteer planting trees at an event

2019 National Public Lands Day Department of Defense Awards Now Open

In commemoration of this year's NPLD, the Department of Defense will fund NPLD projects on military lands that are open to the public for recreation.
Applications Due June 12
Recently Awarded Grants
Red River Watershed

"Health and the Natural Environment" Grants Awarded

Grantees received $4000 from NEEF, with funding support from USFS, to connect urban communities to urban forests and nature-based spaces.
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Past Grantees

Grantee Highlights from 2018

In 2018, our grantees 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 expansive grantmaking opportunities embodied our mission and values.

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

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
Mississippi River Paddle Share Program

NEEF's Centennial and Beyond Fund

Commemorating NPS’ 100th year, NEEF launched its Centennial and Beyond Fund, providing financial support to partnering friends groups of NPS units.
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Davey Tree Company presentation during BioBlitz

BioBlitz with the Americas for Conservation + the Arts

During the BioBlitz, students acted as citizen scientists by taking guided tours of the park, identifying species, and cataloging their discoveries.
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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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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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