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Ohio Environmental Education Fund

OEEF Background Information

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.

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.

2021 OEEF Annual Report

NEW! 2023 OEEF Annual Agenda - Comments invited through 3/31/22

OEEF Program Brochure

Application Guidelines and Resources 

Applications submitted during the January 2022 grant cycle are currently under review. The next application cycle will open in late May, with Letters of Intent to apply due to be entered within OEEF’s grant management system no later than July 8, 2022 and complete applications due no later than July 15, 2022.

OEEF 2022 General Grant Guidelines

OEEF 2022 Mini Grant Guidelines

OEEF Grant Preferred Characteristics

OEEF Application Review Process

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!

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Resources to Help You Evaluate Your Grant Program:

Past Grant Recipients

Grant Award Summary Archives by State Fiscal Year

Mini Grants by Fiscal Year

General Grants by Fiscal Year

Outstanding Projects

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:

For regulated community projects:

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

Grant Writing Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Upcoming Workshops

  • For upcoming workshops, please visit the Events Calendar.

If your organization would be interested in hosting a local workshop, please contact oeef@epa.ohio.gov or (614) 644-2873. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund 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. For more information, contact the Ohio EPA, Office of Environmental Education, (614) 644-2873.

Environmental Education Resources