Greening STEM kids collecting data at the shore

Greening STEM Integration Grant for Educators

NEEF, with major funding support from the Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas (MCFA), is offering funding for teachers, after-school programs, and nature organizations for projects that support the integration of Greening STEM into current or new programming or curriculum.


Developments in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) are growing faster than ever and the need to find engaging ways to teach lessons in these subjects grounded in real-world experience is clear. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) believes that the natural world offers a compelling and universal context for investigations and applications of many STEM lessons. We call this approach Greening STEM, and it encourages bringing environmental topics and discussions into STEM lessons already established within a school’s curriculum. By learning about STEM concepts in reference to real-life environmental examples or issues, the subject matter is more tangible and extends beyond the textbook or classroom, influencing the way students think about the world and the way they view their connection to it. Research (please see “Benefits of Environmental Education”) shows that environmental education helps build creative thinking and relationship skills, fosters leadership qualities and makes school subjects rich and relevant.

Through these grants, NEEF will support educators who are leading the way in Greening STEM education and provide support for continued development and innovation of school programs and projects connecting STEM with environmental education.

  • Application Deadline: 11:59pm CT Tuesday, April 5, 2016. All applications must be submitted through NEEF’s online grants management system.
  • Average Grant Amount: Grant amounts will range from $500 - $1,000.
  • Allowable Expenses: Grants funds can be used to cover costs associated with delivering programs (e.g., curriculum/materials development, field trips, program supplies, transportation, professional development, etc.), as long as the result of the funding creates lasting impact beyond the single event/use.
  • Grantee Announcement: Grantees will be announced April 22, 2016. NEEF will promote the winners and their programs using a variety of communications tools and strategies.
  • All applicants must register for National Environmental Education Week: