NEEF's Every Day Event Grant

2017 Every Day Event Grants (NOW CLOSED)

Our nation’s public lands are places where we picnic, play ball, fish, fly kites, pull weeds, and plant seeds. Our public lands should be safe places of natural beauty where everyone can go to lend a hand, observe nature, and enjoy life. With generous support from Toyota Motor North America, NEEF offers Every Day Event Grants to public land organizations, or Friends Groups, to engage their community on a public land site.

This year, NEEF will award approximately 25 Friends Groups up to $2,000 each to hold a minimum of three events on their public land site(s) that are educational, recreational, health-oriented, and/or volunteer-based.




Each applicant must submit an LOI proposal through our online system. Once the top proposals have been selected, NEEF will invite only those select groups to complete an application and submit supplemental financial materials. An invitation to submit those additional materials does not guarantee funding, as more than 25 applicants will be selected as finalists. From this pool, the final 25 grantees will be identified and will receive an email letting them know whether or not they have been awarded a grant.




Applicant must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or working through a fiscal agent
  • Have been in existence for at least two (2) years
  • Be a Friends Group or community-based nonprofit organization whose mission is focused on serving a public land site in the United States and the improvement and responsible use of that site. This includes groups that serve more than one site, such as a regional group of parks. Public schools and their grounds are not eligible. Learn more about Friends Groups. 
  • Have an established collaborative relationship with a local public land site (including federal, state, regional, county, city, or other local public land areas) for at least one year. Learn more about public lands.
  • Complete an LOI via NEEF's online system and submit all requested documents (including project budget and partnership letter with public land site) by specified deadline. LOI submissions and addendum to submitted LOI's will not be considered past the deadline.
  • Partnership Letter should state the nature, structure, history and current activities of the partnership between Friends Group and public land partner. They should be reflective of a current partnership and be dated within the current or previous fiscal year. Letters must be signed and on letterhead (electronic signatures are accepted). MOU's, work plans or other written agreements will not be accepted. For more information about partnership letters, please visit the FAQ page.
  • Be located within the United States, which includes all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories

Events must:

  • Be either educational, recreational, health-oriented and/or volunteer-based
  • Take place on a public land site that is owned by the public, and not just open for public use.
  • Be for new events OR expanding and/or improving past events
  • Be completed within the stipulated one year grant period: September 2017 - August 2018
  • Occur outside of any National Public Lands Day participation

*2016 NEEF Every Day Grantees must have submitted a satisfactory final report to be eligible for the Every Day Event Grant.  

*One of the most common reasons NEEF declines proposals is that the applicant does not clearly tell their financial story. To address this need, NEEF has partnered with PwC to offer free, online training modules tailored to Friends Groups. The modules can be taken in any order, at any pace. We highly encourage your board, staff, or anyone who communicates about your finances to utilize these modules, specifically our Budget module and Cash Flow Statement for Nonprofits module. It is not a requirement of this grant to take these courses. However, they can be helpful to your organization and also in completing grant applications.




The below criteria are the basis for reviewing grants. Grants are scored to develop recommendations. Top scores are then reviewed and final decisions made. 

Successful applications will:

  • Demonstrate a positive, cooperative partnership with local public land site(s) that will host the organization’s events
  • Describe three events that will focus on building a deeper connection between the public land site and the surrounding community
  • Describe the target audience for the proposed events and demonstrate some basic knowledge about how best to engage with them
  • Describe clear and measurable outcomes of the events’ impact
  • Explain how grant funds will be spent to cover the costs of the three events




RFP Released; Application Period Opens: 5/8/17

Deadline for LOI Submissions: 11:59pm CT 6/5/17

Grant Period: September 2017 - August 2018

Final Reports Due: September 2018





Funds cannot be used for:

  • Conducting lobbying, carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation
  • Influencing the outcome of any specific election through any means
  • Purposes other than charitable, scientific, or educational
  • Solely fundraising purposes
  • Budget shortfalls, general operating costs, or endowment funds
  • Scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals
  • Land acquisition or real estate purchases
  • National Public Lands Day events




NEEF grants are only accepted through our online grant application system. Once the application period has opened, please follow these steps to register and apply:

  1. Click Apply Now at the bottom of this page. 
  2. You will be taken to a Log On page. If you have not created an account from a previous NEEF grant or award, select Create New Account. If you have previously created an account with NEEF, skip to step 4. 
  3. Follow the instructions to create your account. It will ask you for your contact information as the account holder and the contact information for your organization’s representative. For example, you, as the person applying may be the development director, but want the executive director’s name on the application as the representative. 
  4. Upon creating an account, it will take you to your home screen. To apply, click the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page. You will be taken to a list of NEEF grants and awards. Once the application period has opened, a link for this grant opportunity will appear. Click this link to complete the application. Remember: You can save your application and return later. You can also download the Word version of the application in which you can type your answers as you draft your project proposal. Pay close attention to character limits. These limits include spaces! 
  5. Once you have completed the application and uploaded all attachments, click Submit Form to officially apply. If you do not click Submit Form, you will not have applied. You will see a confirmation screen and receive a confirmation email upon submitting. 

If you have any questions or problems, please consult our FAQ Page or email No calls please.


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