America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grants

SEEK Updated
10/09/2015
Resource Types: 
Grant/Funding
Abstract: 

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.

Applicant must:

  • Be a Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management unit or a non-profit organization, academic institution, tribal group, or local or state government entity that partner with the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.
  • Have been in existence for at least two (2) years.
  • Establish, or already have, a collaborative relationship with the Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management.
  • Hold the proposed youth engagement events on a Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management site, or show that the project clearly benefits these agencies.
  • Types of Projects
    Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities on public lands, focused on three areas:

    1. Education
    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;

    2. Recreation
    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:

  • Incorporate innovative partnership-based projects that integrate conservation education, meaningful environmental stewardship, and outdoor recreation;
  • Engage youth (pre-K-12th grade), particularly urban and/or underserved youth, in meaningful outdoor and conservation education experiences on National Forest System or Bureau of Land Management lands, or in direct benefit to these public lands;
  • Build partnerships with diverse entities including corporations, Tribal, state and local agencies, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations to leverage federal dollars awarded with non-federal contributions to the project;
  • Support the Forest Service and/or Bureau of Land Management public land stewardship missions.
  • 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.

    Author: 
    National Environment Education Foundation (NEEF)
    Topic Areas: 
    Outdoor Recreation
    Stewardship
    Target Audience: 
    Grades Pre K-12
    All
    Geographic Location: 
    All Minnesota
    Outside Minnesota
    Fee: 
    No
    Library loan: 
    No
    Is training required?: 
    No
    Seasonal: 
    No
    Contact(s) or order information.: 

    National Environmental Education Foundation
    4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 160
    Washington, DC 20008
    http://www.neefusa.org/