Nonprofit Environmental Education Grants
The Washington Foundation for the Environment (WFFE) gives small grants, generally of up to $2,000 (with a typical grant amount of $1,000), towards well-focused local environmental education projects in Washington state. We often award grants to projects not traditionally funded by the region’s bigger environmental foundations. All applicants must be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.
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Examples of past grant recipients include:
- Quillisascut Farm School for its School Garden Workshop
- Burien’s Environmental Science Center to support teachers and naturalists to provide experiential environmental education to low income youth in South King County
- Kittitas Environmental Education Network for its Get Intimate with the Shrub Steppe education program
- Port Townsend Marine Science Center to expand its education program about plastics in the marine environment to the boating community
- Seattle Tilth for educational workshops
- Seattle Audubon for its Finding Urban Nature program.
Our grants committee provides initial review of all grant applications. This is followed by an assessment and appraisal by the board as a whole, with additional research into the applicant’s project as a result of any new questions being raised. Successful applicants receive grant money and are asked to provide a report of how they expended their funds, helping us to continually evaluate our own impact and effectiveness as a grantmaking organization.
If your organization would like be considered for a grant, please review our guidelines and submit your proposal and budget to the post office box below or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please direct any questions to email@example.com as well. Grants are reviewed approximately every 6 to 8 weeks.
Grant Application Guidelines
Our grants have ranged in size, generally from $200 to $2000. Typical grants are $1,000. We make grant decisions throughout the year at Board meetings that occur every six to eight weeks.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT.
WFFE’s primary focus is on environmental education. We are interested in funding the following sorts of projects and organizations:
- Educational efforts such as workshops, institutes, conferences, and exhibits, which hold the promise of increasing public awareness of, or stimulating productive public debate with respect to, significant environmental issues. Also considered are grants for individual and group scholarships to attend worthwhile conferences and educational programs
- Environmental projects which have one or more of the following features: (a) the project has come together in a way that is instructive, perhaps representing a significant success of grassroots efforts, or the assembly of an unlikely but necessary coalition; (b) the project could have a significant positive effect on public awareness of environmental issues or on the encouragement of other preservation or reclamation efforts; (c) the project will involve imaginative technical approaches that would make its success instructive; (d) the proposed uses of the project site and access to it will result in education about environmental matters
- Writing projects that promise to contribute to the understanding of environmental issues and that seem likely to reach a responsive audience
- Research efforts oriented toward improving the quality of information available to policymakers in government and in the private sector who have the power to make decisions affecting the environment
- Research projects that hold significant promise of providing information needed for intelligent environmental policymaking
- Start-up funding for new environmental projects and organizations.
We are most interested in having you tell us plainly what you hope to accomplish. Your application need not be in any set form, but should contain the following information and descriptions:
- Names, addresses and phone numbers of persons in your organization who can be contacted for information about the organization and your grant application
- Schedule for the project
- Summary description of your proposed project. We would also find useful any printed information you may have, such as studies, reports or proposals, that will give us a good sense of your project and its environmental benefits
- Any information you have that will help us assess your ability to undertake your described project (e.g., biographies or resumes for key people working on it, references, evidence of past work, copies of brochures or other literature that you may have prepared)
- Please think about who your target audiences are for your project: who you are trying to engage in specific behaviors or actions. Please include these in your application.
- A request for a specific amount of money, which should also describe the total amount of money you think you will need to complete the project, and the other possible sources of money you will rely on if you are requesting a grant from us that is less than the total amount you need. (Your grant from us will not necessarily depend on your having raised all the rest of the money you will need. We do need to know that you have carefully thought through your needs and how you hope to meet them.)
In short, we need to know both what you hope to accomplish and that you have a good chance of following through. We are not insisting that you be a highly formal organization with detailed records, or that your documents be professionally prepared. We make grants to both new and long-established groups. We simply need to know that you have a well-thought out plan that fits with our funding objectives and abilities.
Expectations of Grant Recipients
Should you receive a grant, we will expect the following from you:
1. A statement of how the money was spent; and
2. A written description of the work you were able to accomplish, including copies of papers, reports, or studies you generated, and (if appropriate) any photographs of the project site. We would be especially interested in any descriptions of the process used to accomplish the work that might be of use to groups thinking of projects similar to your own. We would also like to know if you would be willing to share your knowledge or expertise with other groups.
Please send these materials via both e-mail and postal mail.
Postal mail: Washington Foundation for the Environment
PO Box 2123
Seattle, WA 98111