Mini Grant Initiative

Mini Grant Awards:

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.

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.

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


The COEEA Mini Grants Committee will review and evaluate each application and announce the awardee recipients at COEEA’s annual meeting. 

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. 

Plan ahead and maybe you can be one of next year’s Mini Grant recipients!