Grantee Highlights from 2018

NEEF Grantees

2018 Grantees

2018 Every Day Events Grantees

With major funding support from Toyota, NEEF offered $100,000 in mini-grants up to $8,000 each to support restoration and/or resilience-focused volunteer events on public lands. Awarded grantees will be expected to lead service events that either restored 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.

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2018 Every Day Capacity Building Grantees

With generous support from Toyota, NEEF seeks to strengthen these organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands. NEEF's Every Day Capacity Building Grants contribute to the conservation and stewardship of our public lands by funding projects that build the organizational capacity of Friends Groups.

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2018 National Public Lands Day Department of Defense Awards

The 2018 NPLD DoD Legacy Awards provided up to $9,500 to selected installations to implement natural and cultural resources management, restoration, and/or enhancement projects on or around National Public Lands Day on September 22, 2018. The awardees were also encouraged to implement projects that impacted resources related to and in celebration of the 100th anniversaries of Armistice Day and/or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act as well as develop projects that contributed to the restoration and resiliency of DoD lands.

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2018 Centennial and Beyond Grantees

In commemoration of the National Park Service (NPS) 100th year in 2016, NEEF launched its Centennial and Beyond Fund. These grants were targeted to friends/partner groups of NPS units. The funds were used for professional development activities, including attending training sessions that were deemed beneficial by NPS, such as Public Lands Alliance (PLA) Convention, the Friends Alliance 2018 Fall Meeting, and/or the 2019 Spring Meeting. With additional funding from The Kendeda Fund, NEEF was able to continue awarding grant funds into 2018.

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2018 Toyota Restoration and Resilience Grantees

Whether a hurricane, tornado, or flood, communities face the challenge of recovering from the damage and preparing for potential repeats. Non-profits are taking a larger role in helping communities rebound, and restoring their access and enjoyment of local public lands is an important component. To support these efforts, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) and Toyota Motor North America, are awarding $200,000 in Restoration & Resilience grants to support the work of nonprofit organizations on public lands impacted by natural disasters.

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2018 Hands on the Land Grantees

In collaboration with Partners in Resource Education, NEEF has announced the 19 recipients of the 2018 Hands on the Land (HOL) Mini-Grants. This funding, totaling $65,000, will support high quality place-based environmental education and STEM programming on our nation's public lands and waterways.

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2018 Samsung Greening STEM Grant for Educators Grantees

NEEF believes that the natural world offers a compelling and universal context for investigations and applications of many STEM lessons, through an approach we call Greening STEM. Immersing students in the applications of Greening STEM locally, through place-based learning, provides a more familiar context for subject matter, grounding what students are learning in their immediate surroundings and helping them make connections between the environment and their own lives. Public lands and waterways provide an ideal outdoor classroom for place-based, Greening STEM education. NEEF, with major funding support from Samsung, has distributed nearly $30,000 in funding to programming that provides place-based, hands-on learning experiences on a public land or waterway.

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2018 USFS BioBlitz and Pollinator/Community Garden Grantees

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from US Forest Service (USFS), has awarded over $28,000 in mini-grants to facilitate BioBlitz and Pollinator/Community Garden activities. Awarded grantees will utilize grant funds to carry out educational and conservation activities on local Forest Service lands, whether these be urban forests or other nature-based spaces. Grant-funded activities will facilitate long-term sustainability of our nation’s forests and grasslands while connecting diverse audiences, primarily youth and families from Latino/Hispanic communities, to the green spaces in their own backyards.

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