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NEEF Accepting Proposals for COVID-19 Recovery Fund

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is pleased to announce $128,000 in grant funding to support public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEEF Funding Priorities

Through this funding, NEEF will sponsor public lands sites in order to:

  • Demonstrate the need for volunteer service to restore public lands that have been impacted by increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Engage volunteers in restoration and conservation projects that address the impacts of the pandemic.

  • Contribute to improvement of the sponsored public land sites through community engagement, as evidenced by volunteer participation numbers, types of projects, value of volunteer service, and conservation outputs.


  • Open to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, state or federal government agencies, federally recognized tribes and local governments, and educational institutions.

  • Must have been in existence for at least two (2) years.

  • Private, for-profit firms and individuals are not eligible to apply.

  • Grant funding may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities, or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

  • Must meet the funding criteria (see below).


Application opens November 2, 2020. Period of performance for sponsorships will be six months from the date of award.

  • Sponsorship award notifications will be made on:

    • January 15, 2021

      • Applications must be submitted by December 1 to be considered

  • March 15, 2021

    • Applications must be submitted by February 1 to be considered

  • May 15, 2021

    • Applications must be submitted April 1 to be considered

  • July 15, 2021

    • Applications submitted by June 1 to be considered

Strong Applications Will Include the Following

  • Applicants can request up to $2,500 to be spent over six (6) months.

  • Applicants must clearly describe the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public land site (e.g., wear and tear on trails due to increased public use, increased litter, postponed projects such as planting/invasive species removal, etc.)

  • Applicants must clearly describe a project (or projects) they will implement to address the impact of the pandemic.

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