Proposals are being accepted now for Green Partners environmental education grants.
About the grants
Hennepin County awards two types of environmental education grants:
- Motivating behavior change with adults for projects that focus on motivating participants to take one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies. See the motivating behavior change guidelines (PDF) for more information.
- Promoting environmental stewardship with youth for projects that work on developing an environmental ethic and interest in environmental stewardship using environmental education best practices. See the youth environmental stewardship grant guidelines (PDF) for more information.
Two levels of funding are awarded:
- If you have received a Green Partners environmental education grant before, you can apply for up to $20,000 for a one-year project or up to $40,000 for a two-year project.
- If you have never received a Green Partners 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
See the Green Partners grants flyer (PDF) for a comparison of the grant options.
Applying for a grant
Application due date
Proposals will be accepted starting April 1, 2019 and be due in early May.
You can find the application materials on the Hennepin County supplier portal. You must submit your application through the supplier portal.
Before you can submit your application, you must:
- Register an individual account with Hennepin County Online Services, THEN
- Go to the supplier portal, log in, and register your company's information or register as a new user with your organization. Learn more and get instructions.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information meeting or contact the program manager, Patience Caso at email@example.com or 612-348-9352, for feedback on project ideas before applying.
2019 Green Partners grant information meetings will be held:
- Online webinar: Tuesday, April 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. Save the date, more information and link will be available soon.
- In-person: Tuesday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, 2522 Marshall St NE in Minneapolis
Information meetings are a chance to hear about the changes we made to the program, navigate the new county application process, learn about effective education and engagement strategies, get assistance with your application or project ideas, and network with other organizations to share ideas and discuss partnership opportunities.
Bring your laptop and your organization’s tax ID number to an information meeting to get help registering your organization with Hennepin County so you can apply for grants.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-348-9352. RSVP appreciated but not required.
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.
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 email@example.com or 612-348-9352 for more information.
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.
Through the evaluation, we heard from current and past grantees, past applicants, community groups, grant managers from other programs, and Hennepin County staff.
The following changes are being implemented in 2018 based on the program evaluation:
- Separate applications are being accepted for projects that focus on developing an environmental ethic and interest in environmental stewardship with youth and projects that motivate behavior change among older youth and adults.
- Applications will be accepted once per year.
- Hennepin County will now post opportunities on the supplier portal.
- Organizations that have received a Green Partners grant in the past are eligible to apply for up to a two year grant and receive up to $20,000 per year. Organizations that have never received a Green Partners grant before are eligible to apply for a one year grant and receive up to $10,000.
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.