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New York's Great Lakes: Ecosystem Education Exchange
Environmental Education Grant Programs for Educators

NY's Great Lakes - Ecosystem Education Exchange: Funding Opportunities 

Updated: November 2019

Note: Consider referencing NY’s Great Lakes Action Agenda goals and/or the federal GLRI Action Plan III in your applications. 

Subscribe to DEC’s NY Great Lakes News, Funding and Events Listserv to receive updates on grant funding availability.  To request a pdf copy of this document or to seek additional information on a grant program, please contact greatlakes@dec.ny.gov.

Opportunity Title


Focus Areas


Great Lakes Place Based Experiential Education Grants

NOAA Great Lakes Region Bay Watershed Education and Training (BWET) Grants


Supports existing environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new programs, and encourages development of partnerships among environmental education programs within watersheds.

Typically due in July

NY's Great Lakes Basin Small Grants

NY Sea Grant, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)

Support stakeholder-driven efforts to restore and revitalize the state’s Great Lakes region and demonstrate successful application of ecosystem-based management (EBM).

As funding is available

Funding for partnerships with schools and organizations

EPA Environmental Education Grants

US Environmental Protection Agency

Provides financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques.

January 6th, 2020

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Source Water Buffer Program


Eligible for land trusts, to strengthen land conservation and public outreach programs, build community partnerships and implement best business practices.

December 16th, 2019

US Forest Service Citizen Science Competitive Funding

US Forest Service

The CitSci Fund is an opportunity for Forest Service units and partners to apply for up to $30,000 for collaborative citizen science projects.

December 3rd, 2019

Celebrate Urban Birds mini- grant

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Mini-grants help finance creative events that integrate the arts, gardening, community participation, and Celebrate Urban Birds’s citizen science projects.

December 31st,

Field Trip Grants

Connect Kids to Parks Transportation Grants

NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation

Connects students attending New York State primary and secondary public schools with nature and history.
Reimbursement of up to $1,000 for field trips to state and federal parks, historic sites, fish hatcheries and other outdoor recreation areas.

As funding is available

Target Field Trip Grants


Target stores awards field trip grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued at $700.

October 1st

Stewardship Project Grants

DEC Trees for Tribs

School Seedling Program


Provides schools with free trees to plant on school property.

March 31st, 2020

Freshwater Future Foundation


Programs provide financial support to activities that actively promote aquatic habitat protection through community advocacy efforts working locally to protect drinking water, shorelines, inland lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin.

March 31st and Sept 30th, 2020

DEC Trees for Tribs


Provides schools with free trees to plant on school property.

March 31st, 2020

Parks and Trails NY Stewardship Grants Program

Parks and Trails NY

Supports stewardship projects on public lands, in partnership with NYS Parks and NYSDEC.


Captain Planet Foundation Grants

Captain Planet Foundation

Ecosolution grants offer funding for youth led solutions that result in environmental outcomes.
Ecostem grants engage youth in inquiry based STEM projects that use technology.


DEC Urban and Community Forestry Grants


Supports educational programming for those who care for public trees.

December 4th, 2019

Project Learning Tree: Greenworks grant

Project Learning Tree

Fund environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world.

More funding opportunities:

NY’s Great Lakes Ecosystem Education Exchange (GLEEE) seeks to promote partnerships and advance k-12 environmental education throughout NY’s Great Lakes basin, to foster the next generation of environmentally literate, stewardship minded citizens. To seek additional information on GLEEE and how these resources can be used to develop grant applications, or request a copy of this document, please contact greatlakes@dec.ny.gov.

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