About the Branch group
Organizations in the Branch group have experience in environmental education projects and have received a Green Partners grant before.
They have a deeper understanding of their audience, barriers to taking action and strategies to overcome these barriers. Projects should have a lasting influence on adult behavior and youth attitudes toward the environment.
Branch groups may be awarded up to $20,000 to engage at least 150 people in the project.
About the Root group
Organizations that are a good fit for the Root Group have never received a Green Partners grant before.
They are seeking to establish the roots of environmental stewardship by engaging participants in activities that motivate action. Many Root projects use existing environmental education resources, like Hennepin County environmental education activity guides and learning trunks, or implement a new project that motivates people to take action.
Root groups may be awarded up to $8,000 to engage at least 150 people in the project.
Eligible organizations include:
- Registered nonprofit organizations such as community groups, youth programs, congregations, etc.
- Park districts
- Private and public schools and school districts, including community education programs like Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017. Projects will start in September 2017. Please note that changes were recently made to the Branch and Root groups, and the guidelines, applications and budget spreadsheet have been updated.
*This information must be received and approved prior to issuing Hennepin County Green Partners contracts and funds. It is preferred that you submit these documents with your application to expedite the contracting process, but this is not a requirement to apply and it will not influence whether or not your project is recommended.
Get information about funding requirements, feedback on your project ideas and tips for completing your proposal at an upcoming information meeting:
- Tuesday, April 18 at 2 p.m. at the North Regional Library in the north meeting room, 1315 Lowry Ave N, Minneapolis
- Tuesday, April 18 at 4 p.m. at the Golden Valley Library, 830 Winnetka Ave N, Golden Valley
RSVPs are appreciated but not required. RSVP to Patience Caso at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-348-9352.
Documents for grantees
Grantees are required to use the following documents during their projects:
Best practices guidelines
See our Best Practices Guide for Environmental Education Projects (PDF), developed from research and past grantees, to learn how to develop a successful program.
See our Community-Based Social Marketing Checklist (PDF) to learn more about behavior change strategies for your project.