The Green Partners environmental education grants program provides funding, training and support to organizations to implement projects that motivate residents to take action to protect the environment. Grants are awarded in two groups - Branch and Root.
Over the past five years, we have worked with 133 grantees and awarded more than $1.3 million in grant funding. These projects have successfully engaged audiences throughout Hennepin County in learning about and taking action to reduce waste, recycle, reduce household hazardous waste, conserve energy, protect pollinators, and improve our air and water quality.
In spring 2018, we are conducting an evaluation of the program to reassess goals and outcomes and ensure continued success.
To ensure the program continues to be successful, we are currently conducting an evaluation of the grant program. The evaluation will reassess goals, analyze outcomes, check alignment with community needs and county goals, look for efficiencies in program management, and develop recommendations for future environmental education grants.
Attend our input meeting on March 20
The meeting will be a chance to learn about the program accomplishments, provide feedback on the future of our environmental education grants, and network with fellow environmental educators.
The meeting will be held Tuesday, March 20 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Minnesota National Wildlife Refuge in Bloomington.
- 9:00 a.m.: Open house
- 9:30 a.m.: Small group discussions, round 1
- 10:15 a.m.: Small group discussions, round 2
- 11:00 a.m.: Ask a grant managers panel
- 11:45 a.m.: Small group discussions, round 3
- 12:30 p.m.: Grantee celebration and open house
See the detailed agenda (PDF) for more information and a description of the discussion topics.
Attendance during the entire timeframe is not required. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. RSVPs are encouraged to Patience Caso at email@example.com or 612-348-9352.
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 for the next round of Green Partners Root and Branch grants will be accepted late spring or early summer 2018. Sign up for the Green Partners newsletter to be notified when grants are being accepted.
Get information about funding requirements, receive feedback, and learn tips to fill out an application by contacting the Green Partners program manager, Patience Caso, at firstname.lastname@example.org.