Environmental Education Program (formerly Community Field Trips & Teacher Professional Development)

Download PDF -> 2017 Environmental Education RFP

In 2017, the Gray FF Environmental Education grant program will continue to accept applications for both student field experiences (previously referred to as community field trips) and educator professional development. However, we are changing our application process to allow programs or projects to seek funding for either or both student field experiences and/or educator professional development. It is not our expectation that applicants must provide services in both of these areas. We encourage you to explore what strategies best serve the needs of your specific audience(s) and your priorities.

An additional change in 2017 is an expansion of target audiences to now include 3rd through 8th grade students and all educators including K-12 teachers, K-12 administrators, pre-service teachers and informal educators.

The foundation will give priority to projects that seek to increase one or more of the following areas:

  • Educators’ (K-12 teachers, administrators and informal educators) preparedness to integrate EE across subjects.
  • Environmental educators’ preparedness to support K-12 needs utilizing best practices and rigor.
  • K-12 professionals’ preparedness to use the natural and built community and systems as a context for learning.
  • K-12 students’ ability to collaborate, problem solve and apply critical thinking to local and global environmental issues.
  • K-12 students’ preparedness for success in careers inside and outside of the environmental field through increased participation in environmental education,
  • Diversity of students and communities engaged in outdoor and environmental education learning experiences.

Preference will be given to proposals that commit:

  • Dedicated staff time;
  • K-12 administrative support;
  • Expertise in environmental education, K-12 instruction, or community culture;
  • And, service to communities of color or historically marginalized populations.

See Grants Calendar for current grant submission dates.