Small Grant Program 2021-22

The Vermont Energy Education Program and the New Hampshire Energy Education Project welcomes proposals for grants of $100–$1,000 for projects that address climate change and improve environmental literacy among students in Vermont and New Hampshire schools.

When: Proposals can come in on a rolling basis. Grants will be awarded based on the time of application submission (within one month).

Who: These grants are available to school districts and schools that are 501 (c)(3) non-profits. 

Types of projects that might be considered:

  • Bringing additional content expertise into schools. 
  • Purchasing materials to be used to enhance critical thinking, problem solving, and action in school curriculum such as energy monitoring hardware and software, digital probes, monitoring software for renewable energy installations etc. 
  • Educational experiences to improve students’ knowledge, critical thinking, and decision making, such as bus trips and admission to museums or conferences. 
  • Support for action and stewardship priorities as identified by teachers and students including conservation (behavioral changes such as light switch labeling and composting) or efficiency items (such as lighting sensors, weatherization, etc. )

Reporting Requirements: Grantees will report to VEEP/NHEEP on their completed projects within a month of project completion. The reports do not need to be more than one page and will be based on the same questions asked in the proposal, including information on activities accomplished, materials purchased and utilized including specific expenses, and the number of students and/or community members reached. Reports will also include at least two photographs, or one video, with permission for VEEP/NHEEP to post the content on our website and use it for other publicity. 

To be eligible, the project must encourage behavior that benefits the environment through non-regulatory means and thus should not include lobbying activities. Rubric for rating proposals:

Criteria

Rating

Addresses climate change 

(scale of 1–35)

Improves environmental literacy among students in Vermont schools 

(scale of 1–35)

Raises awareness of actions that can be taken to promote environmental stewardship 

(scale of 1–15)

Cost effective 

(scale of 1–15)

Fill out the VEEP/NHEEP Small Grant Program application

 

VEEP/NHEEP is grateful to the funding of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for this grant program, as part of VEEP/NHEEP’s Environmental Education grant. The program and its results may not necessarily reflect the views of the Agency and no official endorsement should be inferred.

The application must officially go to a school district or non-profit to comply with the terms of VEEP/NHEEP’s EPA grant.