Proposals are being accepted not currently being accepted Green Partners environmental education grants.
About the grants
Hennepin County awards two types of environmental education grants:
Adult environmental action grants
These grants are for projects that focus on motivating participants to take one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies. Read the motivating behavior change guidelines (PDF) for more information.
Youth environmental education grants
These grants are for projects that work on developing an environmental ethic and interest in environmental stewardship using environmental education best practices. Read the youth environmental stewardship grant guidelines (PDF) for more information.
Levels of funding
- If you have received an environmental education grant before, you can apply for up to $20,000 for a one-year project or, if you meet the criteria, up to $40,000 for a two-year project.
- If you have never received an environmental education grant before, you can apply for up to $10,000 for a one-year project.
- Registered nonprofit organizations such as community groups, youth programs and congregations
- Park districts
- Private and public schools and school districts, including community educations programs like early childhood family education
View the environmental education grants flyer (PDF) for a comparison of the grant options.
Applying for a grant
Applications are not being accepted at this time, and we're currently determining the timeline for 2020 grants.
Resources to help you complete your application
To help organizations develop successful proposals and projects, we've compiled the best practices for grant projects (PDF). These were developed based on input received from past Green Partners grantees about how they define success and their advice for other project managers.
Environmental action projects with adults must report outcomes to demonstrate participants have made changes in their behaviors. The behavior change outcomes reporting ideas (PDF) provides ideas for applicants to use in developing their project proposals.
Hennepin County requires organizations to have insurance in order to conduct Green Partners environmental education projects. See the insurance requirements (PDF) to learn what is required. Some projects may require more insurance than what is listed; Hennepin County will contact you if this is the case.
If your policy does not meet these requirements, contact the Green Partners program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-348-9352 for more information.
We conducted an evaluation in 2018 of the grant program that allowed us to reassess goals, analyze project outcomes, check alignment with community needs and county goals, and look for efficiencies in program management. Read the Green Partners evaluation: feedback report and program recommendations (PDF) for a detailed summary of the feedback we received and the corresponding program changes being recommended.