Environmental Education Grants

Meaningful environmental education helps create an environmentally literate citizenry, prepared to make informed decisions and take positive actions to help insure the state's natural resources are available for the use and enjoyment of future generations.
Bert Myers, Director, Environmental Education and Information Center
"Pennsylvania's environmental educators are talented and passionate about engaging youth and adults in air, land, and water quality protection and restoration in their own neighborhoods and statewide…They're a resource as important as any of our natural resources, and DEP is committed to supporting their work."
— DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell

Eligible Applicants 

Schools, conservation districts, colleges and universities, incorporated nonprofit organizations and Pennsylvania businesses are invited to submit project applications to the 2021 Environmental Education Grants Program. Non-eligible entities, such as municipalities, are encouraged to partner with eligible applicants.

Environmental Education Grant Program Priorities

  • Climate Change
  • Water
  • Environmental Justice*
*Please refer to the DEP Environmental Justice Areas Viewer to determine if the project will reach community members located within an Environmental Justice area.

Grant Award Amounts

Mini Grants of up to $3,000 may be awarded for local (school, county, municipality or other defined area) environmental education projects.
General Grants (Level I): From $3,001 up to $20,000 may be awarded for implementation of large-scale, regional or statewide environmental education projects.
General Grants (Level II): From $20,001 to $85,000 may be awarded for non-formal environmental education programs designed to widely engage teachers and youth at the county, state and national levels.
Since its inception, the Environmental Education Grants Program, established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, has awarded more than $11 million in grants to 2,020 organizations statewide.

Additional Information

2021 EE Grant Project Time Period

July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

2021 EE Grant Applicantions

Applications will be accepted September 11, 2020 through December 11, 2020.
Applications must be submitted online.

2021 EE Grants Program Webinar

Register for a free live webinar, slated for Wednesday, October 14, at 1:00 PM.
Learn more and apply!
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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, 400 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17101 
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