Monday, April 30, 2012

2012/05/25 Every Day 2012 Grants

The Every Day Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help the Friends Groups build their capacity to serve public lands.

Helping Our Public Lands by Helping Their Friends

Process open for second round of Every Day grants, Apply now
Pre-Proposals are due May 25th, 2012.
Our nation’s public lands need our support every day.  With stretched budgets and limited staff, land managers at federal, state and local public lands need all the help they can get. That help often comes from nonprofit organizations whose missions are focused on serving public land sites in the nation and the improvement and responsible use of those sites.  Sometimes these organizations are called Friends Groups, sometimes Cooperating Associations, sometimes, simply a partner.  They are invaluable in supporting, promoting and helping maintain public lands.

 These volunteer organizations, while dedicated and passionate, are often underfunded and understaffed.  The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with generous support from Toyota Motor Sales USA, Inc., seeks to strengthen these organizations and unleash their potential to serve their public lands.  NEEF’s Every Day Grants will strengthen the stewardship of public lands by strengthening Friends Groups through funding for organizational capacity building.

If a Friend Group can better engage the public, it can attract more volunteers.  If it can attract more volunteers, it has a larger base of individuals to ask for support.  If it can gain more support, it can offer more volunteer events.

For 2012, there are two rounds of Every Day grants.  The First Round of 25 grants are under review and will be announced mid-April.  Applicants who met all requirements but were not awarded a grant in the First Round will be considered again, along with new applicants, in the Second Round.

Key Dates
  • Pre-Proposals due: May 25
  • Full-Proposals invited: mid-June
  • Grants awarded: mid-late July
Apply now! Pre-Proposals are due May 25th, 2012.