September webinar to discuss the environmental education grant funding application process

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a live webinar in September to discuss the application process for its nearly $900,000 in grants available for environmental education projects.

The webinar, which will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, is free but registration is mandatory.

Environmental education grants are available for schools, colleges, community and environmental nonprofit organizations, county conservation districts, and businesses.

“The live webinar offers interested applicants the opportunity to learn more about the 2023 Environmental Education Grant Program, get application tips, and have their questions answered by DEP’s environmental education experts” said DEP Acting Secretary Ramez Ziadeh.

Funding is provided for environmental education projects that address water, climate change and/or engage people living and/or working in areas of environmental justice. Previously funded projects have established successful community partnerships and reached audiences through a variety of activities ranging from tours and workshops to hands-on field experiences and action projects while addressing topics such as water and air quality monitoring, wetland restoration, watershed stewardship, energy conservation, and solar energy and other renewable resources. For more project examples, see the list of 2022 EE Grant Awards.

Local projects can receive up to $5,000 and regional or national initiatives can receive up to $30,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at three levels, local, state and national, can receive up to $85,000.

Electronic applications must be submitted via Keystone Login (new users will need to register). This round of grants has an application deadline of Friday, December 9, 2022 at 4:59 p.m. Instructions are available on Environmental Education Grants.

The Environmental Education Grant Program was created by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which requires setting aside 5% of pollution fines and penalties DEP collects each year for environmental education in Pennsylvania. Since the program began, more than 2,100 projects, totaling more than $12 million, have received grants.