Proposals are being accepted now for Green Partners environmental education grants.
Applying for a grant
The application deadline has been extended to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
How to apply
Access the application materials on the Hennepin County supplier portal. You must submit your application through the supplier portal.
Applicants are encouraged to register and submit their applications in advance of the due date.
If you need assistance registering or submitting your application documents, contact the Supplier Portal Help Desk at 612-543-5412 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Groups must register and apply through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal. There are four steps to submit your application:
- Register an individual account with Hennepin County Online Services
- Register your company's information in the Hennepin County Supplier Portal. Learn more and get instructions on the Supplier Portal information page.
- Download grant application materials from the Hennepin County Supplier Portal
- Submit your application materials through the Hennepin County Supplier Portal
About the grants
Hennepin County awards two types of environmental education grants:
Environmental action grants
These grants are for projects that focus on motivating adults to do more to protect the environment by focusing on one or two environmentally friendly actions using behavior change strategies. Read the environmental action grant guidelines (PDF) for more information.
Youth environmental education grants
These grants are for projects that engage youth in learning about the environment and becoming environmental stewards using youth environmental education best practices. Read the youth environmental education 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.
Two information meetings were previously held to provide more information about the grants and answer questions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the information meeting materials or contact the program manager, Patience Caso at email@example.com or 612-348-9352, for feedback on project ideas before applying.
Information meeting webinars are a chance to hear about the changes to the program, navigate the 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.
Have your organization’s tax ID number to get help registering your organization with Hennepin County during the meeting.
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.
Motivating behavior change resources
The following resources will help with planning environmental action grants with adult audiences:
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.