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Grants and Funding: NEEF Restoration and Resilience

September 14, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from Toyota Motor North America, is offering $200,000 in grants to support response efforts on public lands that have recently been impacted by natural disasters. Awarded grantees will be expected to expand on current efforts to help restore public lands and implement ways to make those lands more resilient to future disasters. These activities will be accomplished by mobilizing community volunteers and educating participants about the importance of their actions and their relationship to long-term sustainability of the lands.

Preference will be given to existing state/federal service corps groups and organizations (i.e. Corp’s Network, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Conservation Corps, etc.) who have agreements in place with a public land/space and are leading the way in bringing stability and a sense of safety in their recovery efforts.

Grant Guidelines and Timeline

  • Applicants can request up to $20,000 in grant funds
  • Application Opens: Friday, August 10, 2018
  • Application Closes: Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Grantees Announced (first round): September 17, 2018 (week of)
  • Grant Period: September 2018-September 2019
  • Interim Report Due: April 30, 2019
  • Final Report Due: October 30, 2019


  • Open to 501(c)3 doing work on public lands in areas affected by natural disaster in 2017 and/or 2018
  • Applicant has a documented connection to a public land agency. These include federal, state, and local public land agencies. A current partnership letter from a public land partner agency must be provided to show support of proposed project
  • Applicants will incorporate an NPLD event in 2018 or 2019 as a project milestone. 2018 events must be registered via the NEEF website
  • Provide a letter of support from a local community partner who will aid in volunteer/donation efforts

Strong Applications Will Include the Following

  • Describe the specific damages sustained by the public land(s), when and where disaster(s) occurred; the extent of the damage; efforts currently underway by applicants, the community, etc.
  • Describe how funds will further enhance current rebuilding/restoration efforts;
  • Describe how natural infrastructures will be implemented as a way to prevent/minimize future disasters
  • Describe how education will be used to help participants learn what practices they can apply in neighboring communities to support the proposed restoration efforts;
  • Provide a detailed plan(s) of action based on both short-term needs that lead to long-term impacts
  • Provide a detailed timeline of when programming/activities will take place during the grant year. These should include volunteer events
  • Describe the project team, including partnerships with community-based organizations, Friends Groups, schools, health care organizations, or others involved in the proposed project.
  • Detail the roles and involvement of each organization cited in the application. Include plans for establishing a new, or engaging an existing, cross-sector network of partners to participate actively in the implementation, and evaluation, if applicable

Read more instructions on how to prepare and submit the application.

All applications must be submitted through the NEEF online system.


September 14, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm