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.
We recently concluded an evaluation 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.
The evaluation process and public engagement findings
Through the evaluation, we heard from current and past grantees, past applicants, community groups, grant managers from other programs, and Hennepin County staff.
Feedback was collected through surveys, a public meeting, interviews with organizations that we don’t currently have a relationship with, and staff meetings. Staff also reviewed and collected information from program records and grantee project reports.
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.
Recommended changes and follow-up survey
Through the evaluation, we identified about 20 changes to make to the Green Partners program. Review all of the recommended changes (PDF).
Then, tell us what you think by answering our short seven question survey. The survey will be open until Friday, June 22, 2018.
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 email@example.com.