Friday, August 24, 2012

2012/09/19 Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grant Program

National Environmental Education Foundation Announces America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grant Program

Deadline: September 19, 2012

President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative (AGO) on April 16, 2010. He asked the Secretaries of the Departments of the Interior and Agriculture, the Administrator of the EPA and the Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality to develop a 21st century conservation and recreation agenda that addressed the challenges faced by our public lands today. One of the overarching themes is to offer opportunities to engage young people with the outdoors.

In support of these goals, the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, have launched the America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants program.

Through the new program, NEEF and its partners seek to catalyze efforts to increase the number of pre-K-12 youth, particularly urban and/or underserved 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 the areas of 1) education — opportunities that provide quantifiable and meaningful conservation education outcomes that enhance environmental literacy, support STEM 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 such as hiking, paddling, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing, wildlife watching, and geo-caching; and 3) environmental stewardship — opportunities that provide quantifiable and meaningful conservation outcomes such as native fish-focused stream restoration, species- focused landscape restoration, invasive species removal, native plant restoration, wildlife surveys/assessments, project monitoring,and trail restoration.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management unit or a nonprofit organization, academic institution, or tribal group that partners with these agencies. Applicants must have been in existence for at least two years. The proposed youth engagement events must be held on a Forest Service or BLM site, or show that the project clearly benefits these agencies.

Approximately $243,000 in funding is available to support awards in the range of $2,500 to $20,000. There is a minimum one-to-one non-federal match required for this grant, though larger match ratios are encouraged.

For more information, visit the NEEF Web site @
Questions?  Email them at

These grants are made possible through a partnership between:
us forest serviceblm
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation