NEEF

2017 Every Day Capacity Building Grantees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 16, 2017

SMALL INVESTMENTS, BIG IMPACTS FOR OUR NATION'S PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERWAYS

NEEF ANNOUNCES GRANTEES FOR THE 2017 EVERY DAY CAPACITY BUILDING GRANT

Washington, DC - August 16, 2017 - From the California Historic Route 66 Association to the Fort Greene Park Conservancy in New York, 13 non-profit organizations throughout the US were awarded capacity building grants from the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to help strengthen their activities to preserve public lands and waterways with public land agencies.

The Every Day Capacity Building Grants, made possible by Toyota, provide these non-profits called Friends Groups with funds of up to $5,000 each to implement projects that strengthen their ability to protect and promote public lands and waterways. The grants have been offered since 2011, with more than $1 million in capacity building grants awarded to date. Grants are typically awarded twice a year.

"These grassroots organizations, while dedicated and passionate, are often underfunded and understaffed. We believe that these incremental investments in the infrastructure of public land partners will yield benefits that reverberate far beyond the Friends Groups," said Diane W. Wood, President of NEEF.

Grant funds help to ensure that these organizations are equipped with the tools and strategies needed to operate most effectively while also ensuring their long-term longevity and fiscal sustainability. This year's funds subsidized a range of projects including strategic planning, board and staff development, technology, communications, volunteer training, and finance.

"By working together and empowering others to make positive changes for the environment, we can achieve a greater positive impact for the public lands and waterways we all cherish," said Kevin Butt, Toyota Motor North America general manager of environmental sustainability and NEEF board member. "Through supporting these organizations and partnering with NEEF to provide environmental education, we can further our aim of establishing a society in harmony with nature."

In addition to funding the grants, Toyota has been the national corporate sponsor of the National Environmental Education Foundation's National Public Lands Day since 1999.

Grants were awarded to the following recipients:

Download the 2017 Every Day Capacity Building Grantee fact sheet to learn more about the grantees and their projects.


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About NEEF's Capacity Building Grants

NEEF provides Every Day Capacity Building and Every Day Event Grants to Friends Groups across the nation, as well as free access to professional development tools and education resources, to help these groups more effectively manage their organizations and give more Americans opportunities to enjoy their public lands.

About NEEF

NEEF was chartered by Congress in 1990 to partner with the EPA to advance environmental literacy nationwide. NEEF's vision is bold: By 2022, 300 million Americans will actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. To achieve its vision, NEEF offers scientific, unbiased, factual information through its own communications platforms, as well as a network of trusted professionals and affinity communities that, with their relationships and credibility, amplify environmental messages to national audiences. NEEF also implements environmental education investments in areas that best connect with everyday life: health, weather/climate and nature where we live, learn, work and play. Learn more at NEEFusa.org - or follow NEEF on Facebook and Twitter @NEEFusa

 
 
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