Contingent on funds, the National Environment Education Foundation (NEEF) offers the America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grants. Through the grants, NEEF and its partners are catalyzing efforts to increase the number of youth who build a connection with public lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering. Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities on public lands, focused on education, recreation, and environmental stewardship.
Types of Projects
Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities on public lands, focused on three areas:
Opportunities that provide quantifiable and meaningful conservation education outcomes that enhance environmental literacy, support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and use of the environment as a context for learning;
Opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles, build outdoor recreation skills, and engage youth in active recreation (e.g. hiking, paddling, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing, wildlife watching, geo-caching etc.);
3. Environmental Stewardship
Opportunities that provide quantifiable and meaningful conservation outcomes (native fish focused stream restoration, species focused landscape restoration, invasive species removal, native plant restoration, wildlife surveys/assessments, project monitoring, trail restoration, etc.).
Objectives and Criteria for Grant Selection
Applications will be reviewed based on the following Objectives and Criteria for Grant Selection. Successful applications will achieve the following objectives:
Available funding will support grant awards in the range of $2,500 to $20,000.
To view grant availability, and the most recent application information, visit http://www.neefusa.org/grants/connecting_youth/details.htm.
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