The Youth Environmental Education Grant Program (f.k.a. Mini Pre-K-12 Environmental Education Grant Program) is open and accepting proposals. 

The deadline to submit a proposal is: Friday, January 12, 2024, at 4pm.

The Youth Environmental Education Grant Program was established to provide accessible funds to schools, organizations, and agencies for youth environmental education opportunities and educator support.

To accomplish this goal the program funds projects that involve youth and students investigating a local environmental issue, problem, or phenomenon through indoor and outdoor research culminating in developing solutions and taking action in their school or community – also known as the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) model. Funds can cover a multitude of items including costs for field trips, fieldwork, transportation, substitute fees, and supplies for projects. This grant program also aims to build educator capacity and comfort in leading environmental education programs by funding the attendance to or development of professional development trainings for educators.


What this funds: This grant program welcomes applications for projects in the state of Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay watershed portions of D.C., Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Applicants can request funds from one of the following tracks.

  • Track 1: Out-of-School Outdoor Investigations for Youth Provided by Community-Based Organizations (up to $10,000)
  • Track 2: Outdoor Classroom, School-Yard Habitat, or Community-Based Improvement Requests (up to $10,000)
  • Track 3: Professional Development for Formal, Non-Formal, and Community Educators (up to $5,000)
  • Track 4: In-school MWEEs for Pre-K-12 Students (up to $5,000)

Who can apply: Schools, nonprofit organizations, community associations, faith-based organizations and more. View the RFP for more details regarding organization eligibility.

Partners: This program is a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET), Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Applicants will be required to complete and upload a narrative document: Required narrative questions can be found in the RFP.

Grant Application Process: The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s grant applications are all submitted through an online system. If you have questions regarding the application process, please reach out to me.

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