The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is pleased to begin accepting applications for 2020 Environmental Education (EE) Grants on October 31. Approximately $300,000 is available in this grant round.


  • October 31: Grant round opens. Grants Program Manual is available.
  • December 31: Applications are due by 11:59 PM.
  • April 22: Awards announced, barring unforeseen circumstances, on or about this date in conjunction with Earth Day.
  • July 1: Awarded projects may begin.

2020 EE Grants Program


Applications must be submitted online. To submit, please visit the e-grants application. Click here for online application instructions.

Eligibility – Who May Apply

  • Public schools and school districts (K-12) (includes Intermediate Units and Charter Schools)
  • Incorporated private schools (under limited circumstances, private religious schools may be exempted from the incorporation requirement)
  • Incorporated conservation and education organizations and institutions
  • Universities and colleges
  • County conservation districts
  • Incorporated nonprofit organizations
  • Businesses (must be registered to conduct business in Pennsylvania)

Project Time Period

Awarded projects may begin on or before July 1, 2020, and must end by June 30, 2021. No time extensions will be provided. Expenses incurred outside of the Project Time period are ineligible for grant funds.

Project Audiences

Projects may deliver both formal (K-12) and non-formal education programs targeting any audience, including, but not limited to, youth, teachers, municipal officials, farmers, developers, site designers, businesses, and homeowners or other community residents. Environmental Justice Communities, including people who live and work within the communities, are considered priority audiences.

Environmental Education Grant Program Priorities

Climate Change

Education projects to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and negative impacts of climate change including floods, changes to groundwater, pests, disease, agricultural disruptions, and potential threats to human health.


Education programs promoting effective ways to reduce non-point source and source water pollution to improve water quality.

Environmental Justice

Education programs designed to empower and engage residents and officials of Environmental Justice communities (as defined by the U.S. Census) in developing meaningful solutions that address local environmental issues and public health concerns.