Mini Grant Initiative

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Mini Grant Awards:

INCREASING ENVIRONMENTAL LITERACY

Every year, COEEA provides two educational organizations and/or community-based groups with $500 to $1,000 stimulus funding for local projects or enhancements to existing projects that benefit the environment and increase environmental literacy among Connecticut residents, across a broad and diverse audience of youth and/or adult learners.

ADVANCING DEIJ in ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Starting in 2020, COEEA also presented one additional mini-grant opportunity of up to $2,000 stimulus funding for actions that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice (DEIJ) in environmental initiatives, including but not limited to DEIJ staff training, recruitment and outreach of more diverse audiences for programs, stipends for interns with more diverse backgrounds, or projects addressing one or more dimensions of environmental injustice.

The project period is for the calendar year.

ELIGIBILITY & QUESTIONS
All current COEEA members (individual members and member organizations) are eligible to apply.  To verify membership status or for questions, please contact COEEA Membership Chair at membership@coeea.org

Individuals or organizations that have received an award in the previous year are not eligible to apply this year.  For questions regarding eligibility, please contact COEEA at minigrants@coeea.org

SUBMISSION PROCESS

Download and complete the 3-page application. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on November 22nd as an email attachment to COEEA at minigrants@coeea.org.  Download the application to your files and rename it as [Your organization] - COEEA Mini Grant ApplicationPlease identify your name or organization in the subject line, alongside the mini grant category you are applying to.  Please attach any letters of support or other evidence in the same email.  Late applications will not be considered.  Each individual or organization may only submit one application per year. 

SELECTION PROCESS 
The COEEA Mini Grants Committee will review and evaluate each application and announce the awardee recipients at COEEA’s annual meeting, to be held virtually via Zoom on December 7th.  

Awards will be based on the merit and the DEIJ impacts of the project, including local relevance, meaningful/experiential learning, environmental stewardship and advancing the goals of Connecticut’s Environmental Literacy Plan (CT ELP).

Applicants may find it helpful to consult the questions in advance. Each individual member or member organization may only submit one application. 

Maybe you can be one of this year’s Mini Grant recipients! Download our Mini Grants flyer for easy reference.