Office of Environmental Education

Environmental Education

The Office of Environmental Education administers eight different grant programs. Four are described on the tabs below:

      • The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF)
      • Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarships
      • The Ohio Clean Diesel School Bus Fund
      • The Diesel Emission Reduction Grant Program 

      The Office of Environmental Education also administers four recycling grant programs. Information about these programs can be found at the Ohio EPA Division of Materials and Waste Management website.

      • Litter Clean-Up and Tire Amnesty Grants
      • Community Recycling Grants
      • Recycling Market Development Grants
      • Scrap Tire Grants

      Please call (614) 644-2873 or email oeef@epa.ohio.gov to be added to the interested parties list for any of these grant programs.

Ohio Environmental Education Fund

The OEEF Annual Agenda for State Fiscal Year 2015 includes current funding priorities for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, as well as current environmental career initiatives and water quality education efforts.

OEEF grant guidelines and funding priorities have undergone substantial revision. Please read the guidelines carefully.  The Request for Proposals for the spring 2014 grant cycle is now closed.  The next RFP will be issued in late May 2014 with application deadlines in July.

To apply once the next RFP is open, go to the eBusiness Center and create an account (user ID and password). Once the account is approved, follow the web link in your account approval e-mail and click on the OEEF Grant Service link to continue.

Diesel Emission Reduction Grants

The next Request for Proposals is expected to be released in early 2014. For information and an application, click on the Diesel Emission Reduction Grants tab above.

Clean School Bus Grants

The next deadline to apply will be September 1, 2014.  For information and an application, click on the Clean School Bus Grants tab above.

Environmental Science and Engineering Scholarships

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2014. For information, click on the Scholarships tab above.

2013 OEEF and Clean Diesel School Bus Fund Annual Report  

Ohio Environmental Education Fund

The OEEF Annual Agenda for State Fiscal Year 2015 includes current funding priorities for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, as well as current environmental career initiatives and water quality education efforts.

 

OEEF grant guidelines and funding priorities have undergone substantial revision. Please read the guidelines carefully.  The Request for Proposals for the spring 2014 grant cycle is now closed.  The next RFP will be issued in late May 2014 with application deadlines in July.

 

To apply once the next RFP is open, go to the eBusiness Center and create an account (user ID and password). Once the account is approved, follow the web link in your account approval e-mail and click on the OEEF Grant Service link to continue.


The OEEF was created by the General Assembly in 1990 to enhance Ohio citizens’ awareness and understanding of environmental issues. It is administered by the Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) and provides approximately $1 million annually in grants to support environmental education efforts within the state of Ohio.

The OEEF derives its monies from one-half of the civil penalties collected from violations of Ohio's air and water pollution control regulations. The OEEF funds education projects that target three audiences: (1) the general public; (2) the regulated community; and (3) pre-school through university students and teachers. General grants are available for $5,000 to $50,000, and mini grants for projects costing between $500 and $5,000.

Application guidelines spell out application requirements, current funding priorities, the application review process, and preferred characteristics for projects targeting the respective audiences. OEEF grant coordinators are also available to assist in preparing grant proposals prior to the deadline dates, and to advise applicants on the eligibility of possible projects. OEEF grant-writing workshops are also offered around the state several times yearly.

There are two grant cycles annually, with 2014 application deadlines on March 11 and July 15. OEEF supports innovative projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues, and provide the skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions. Environmental education is based on objective and scientifically sound information, and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action. It teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking, and it enhances their problem-solving and decision-making skills.

A list of past grant recipients illustrates the variety of projects that have been funded. Descriptions of OEEF Outstanding Project Award Winners showcase successful environmental education efforts that we encourage grant applicants to emulate.

2015 OEEF Annual Agenda

2013 OEEF Annual Report

OEEF Program Brochure  New!


OEEF 2014 General Grant Guidelines


OEEF 2014 Mini Grant Guidelines


OEEF Grant Preferred Characteristics


Grant Administration Reference Document (GARD)

The document contains reporting guidelines for your general and mini grants. However, we encourage grantees to contact OEEF if a particular circumstance arises that may not be covered in your GARD and we will be glad to assist you.

“Resources for Grant Seekers” and “Resources to Help You Evaluate Your Grant Program” are links (to be updated periodically) that will provide additional  information to help with your funding search and proposal preparation.

General Grants

Mini Grants

Resources for Grant Seekers:

Talk to a reference librarian in your public library!

Resources to Help You Evaluate Your Grant Program:

Grant Award Summary Archives by State Fiscal Year

Mini Grants by Fiscal Year

General Grants by Fiscal Year

Featured Environmental Education Projects

Periodically, the OEEF contracts with the Environmental Education Council of Ohio to conduct an independent review of completed grant projects, in order to select OEEF Outstanding Project award winners. OEEF highlights these projects as examples of effective environmental education. Because of the great variety in OEEF-funded projects, EECO and the OEEF developed a set of holistic instruments for use in reviewing these completed grant projects, Rubrics Cubed: What One Grant Maker Looks for in EE Projects [PDF].  These are the instruments that we use:

For K-12 education projects:
For general public/adult education projects:

OEEF also uses a tool for Web site evaluation for both K-12 and general public projects that contain a Web site component.


* Although Ohio EPA cannot endorse, sanction or guarantee the accuracy of information found on external Web sites, we think you might find these outside links useful. When you select a link to an external Web site, you are leaving Ohio EPA's Web site and are subject to the privacy, security and accessibility policies of the owners/sponsors of the external site.


OEEF full-day grant writing workshops cover the following topics:

  • Thinking Like A Funder Small Group Exercise
  • “Getting Started – Developing a Project Idea
  • “Finding the Right Funder” – Foundations, Corporations, Government Grantmakers
  • “Resources and Tips” – Common Mistakes Applicants Make
  • “Writing a Successful Proposal”
  • Developing a Proposal from a Project Idea: the Need Statement
  • Linking Objectives and Activities to the Need
  • Small group practice drafting these parts of the proposal
  • Outcome Measurements
  • Evaluating Your Projects Success
  • Sharing the Results: Dissemination Strategies
  • Making a Wish List:  Realistic Budgets and Timelines
  • Lining up commitments, support letters, and documentation
  • Insights from Successful Environmental Education Projects

The workshop facilitators are staff of the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, which provides approximately $1 million annually in grants for environmental education projects targeting pre-school through university students and teachers, the adult general public, and the regulated community.

The next grant writing workshops are listed here.

OEEF will also offer short sessions on “Peer Reviewer Training” at the following conferences:

None scheduled at this time.

For more information about workshop content, please contact the Ohio EPA Office of Environmental Education, oeef@epa.state.oh.us or (614) 644-2873.

Healthy Water Healthy People (HWHP) - Ohio Connection

For training/workshop details and to register by email, contact Dennis Clement, (614) 644-2048 or dennis.clement@epa.ohio.gov

What is Healthy Water, Healthy People

Hosting A Workshop

Use the forms below to propose, evaluate, and report workshops

Activity Resources

 

Field Resources

The posters and field forms below will help you and your participants while in the stream or classroom

HWHP News and Information

Upcoming Trainings:

  • Ohio Credible Data Program, Level 1 Qualified Data Collector Training, April 30, 2014, New Marshfield, Ohio (Athens County)
  • Ohio Credible Data Program, Level 1 Qualified Data Collector Training, October 23, 2014,  Urbana, Ohio (Champaign County)
  • Healthy Water, Healthy People Facilitator Workshop:  Will be scheduled in early 2014. 

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* Although Ohio EPA cannot endorse, sanction or guarantee the accuracy of information found on external Web sites, we think you might find these outside links useful. When you select a link to an external Web site, you are leaving Ohio EPA's Web site and are subject to the privacy, security and accessibility policies of the owners/sponsors of the external site.

 


The Office of Environmental Education also works closely with partner organizations and other governmental agencies to promote and coordinate environmental education efforts.

* Although Ohio EPA cannot endorse, sanction or guarantee the accuracy of information found on external Web sites, we think you might find these outside links useful. When you select a link to an external Web site, you are leaving Ohio EPA's Web site and are subject to the privacy, security and accessibility policies of the owners/sponsors of the external site.

Ohio EPA Clean Diesel School Bus Fund Retrofit Grants Program

This program offers grants up to $300,000 to retrofit diesel school buses with pollution control equipment and idle reduction equipment, to reduce student and driver exposure to the harmful pollutants in diesel exhaust and to conserve fuel. Application deadlines are every March 1 and September 1. Public school districts and county developmental disability programs in Ohio are eligible to apply. 

Applications from every county will be accepted, but priority for funding is given to applicants that already have anti-idling policies in place for their buses, and applicants located in the 27 Ohio counties that do not currently meet national air quality standards for fine particulates (soot particles). A map of these counties is posted at: www.epa.ohio.gov/portals/27/SIP/Nonattain/pm2_5.pdf

Grants are funded from civil penalties Ohio EPA collects from environmental violations, and federal grants. Since the program began, Ohio EPA has awarded more than $7.7 million to retrofit 2,511 school buses with emission controls and 845 buses with idle reduction equipment. These grants have removed more than 100 tons of pollutants from the Ohio skies. Grants have been awarded to 163 school districts and developmental disability programs.

For additional questions about the grant program, please contact Kristopher Weiss at Kristopher Weiss, or (614) 644-3769. For questions about diesel bus retrofitting, particle standards or program rules, contact John Paulian at john.paulian@epa.state.oh.us or (614) 644-4832.

Notice to school bus grant applicants and vendors - Some diesel emission control technologies require temperature testing or data-logging to ensure that technology is appropriate for a particular bus. This testing should be completed BEFORE submitting a grant application to Ohio EPA. Ohio EPA will not approve requests for modifications to awarded grants that result in significantly less emission reductions. If a technology is found to be inappropriate after a grant is awarded, the grant funds for the affected buses will be forfeited, and the grantee will have to submit a new grant application in a subsequent grant cycle to request funds for the lower-level reduction technology on those buses.

Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program

 

 

 

 

The Ohio Diesel Emissions Reduction Grant Program awarded $20 million in Federal Highway Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funding for clean diesel projects in 2012-2013.Ohio EPA expects to release another Request for Proposals in the fall of 2013. If you are not already on the list of DERG interested parties, please send your contact information to DERG@epa.state.oh.us in order to receive email notifications about the grant program.  

For questions about the grant program, please contact Carolyn Watkins at carolyn.watkins@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3768. For questions about eligible clean diesel technologies and estimating emissions reductions, please contact Alan Harness at alan.harness@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-3838.

Application Timeline

The last Request for Proposals was released Nov. 16, 2012, with minor revisions posted Dec. 20, 2012. Ohio EPA scheduled conference calls on Dec. 6 and 12 to allow prospective grant applicants to ask questions about the new RFP and to hear the answers given to others' questions.  The questions and answers from those calls are posted below.   

Previous DERG Grant Awards

These funds will be administered jointly by the Ohio Department of Transportation (public sector projects) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (private sector projects). The DERG program was administered by the Ohio Department of Development until 2011, and that department will continue to administer the grants they previously awarded. Previously funded projects are listed at http://development.ohio.gov/files/bs/GrantsAwarded.pdf

Related Information

Main Number: (614) 644-2873
Fax Number: (614) 728-1275
Email: OEEF@epa.state.oh.us

Mailing Address:
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Lazarus Government Center
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
P.O. Box 1049, Columbus, OH 43216-1049

Shipping Address:
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Lazarus Government Center
50 West Town Street, Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215 

Environmental Education Staff    
Office Chief Carolyn Watkins (614) 644-2873
Administrative Professional 4 Justin Shuman (614) 644-2873
Ohio Environmental Education Fund Dennis Clement (614) 644-2048
Ohio Environmental Education Fund Jeff Montavon (614) 644-3671
Clean Diesel Grant Programs Kristopher Weiss (614) 644-3769
Recycling Grants

Chet Chaney

(614) 728-0043
Recycling Grants

Marti Kolb

(614) 644-2171
Recycling Grants Lynn Stinson (614) 644-2937