2018 USFS Pollinator/Community Garden Grant

By: National Environmental Education Foundation

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with major funding support from US Forest Service (USFS), is offering a little over $10,700 through mini-grants to facilitate Pollinator Garden and/Community Garden activities. Awarded grantees will be expected to facilitate the development of educational and conservation activities on local Forest Service lands, other partner public lands, local and municipal public lands, or on lands within urban communities. Programming should connect participants to urban forests and nature-based spaces: meeting people where they are. These activities will be accomplished by mobilizing community volunteers and educating participants about the importance of their actions and their relationship to the long-term sustainability of the lands.


Average Award Amount: Applicants can request up to $3,000. Awarded amounts will vary based on the scope and cost of work proposed by each applicant, quality of the submissions, and the review and selection process.

Grant Eligibility Requirements:

  • Open nationally (including US territories) to 501(c)3 with a documented connection to USFS agency. A current partnership letter from a USFS partner agency must be provided to show support of the proposed project. These include federal, state, and local Forest Service agencies. A current partnership letter from a USFS partner agency must be provided to show support of proposed project.
    • Letter should include the nature, structure, history, and support of the outlined activities of your proposed partnership. Letter must be signed, on letterhead, and may be (but are not required to be) addressed to Grants Administrator. Electronic signatures are accepted.
    • Please note that NEEF will not assist applicants in developing these partnerships.
  • Applicants must incorporate a human health and forest health component to the proposal.
  • Applicants must facilitate long-term sustainability of our nation’s forests and grasslands through conservation activities while connecting diverse audience, primarily youth and families from Latino/Hispanic communities, in events that are designed to restore and protect America’s forests.
  • While activities do not have to occur on USFS property, they should be tied to USFS interests. This might apply to areas where USFS has invested money, perhaps through a NUCFAC grant.
  • Those who received a NEEF Pollinator grant in 2017 are ineligible for this grant.

Grant Guidelines:

  • Project timeframe: April 2018-August 2018. Although not required, those who organize activities during Environmental Education (EE) Week (April 23-29) will receive special attention.
  • Funding is not restricted to the “creation” of pollinator/community gardens. It can also be used for education around these items, or to support an existing initiative.
  • Applicants are not required to have past experience in running a Pollinator or Community Garden project.


Applications are only accepted through NEEF’s online system. Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Log in or create an account in NEEF’s online grants system.
  2. To access the application, click Apply on the left-hand column. Select grant titled “2018 USFS – Pollinator and Community Garden – EE Week Grant” to begin your application.
  3. Once you have completed the application, click Submit Form. If you do not click Submit Form, you will not have applied. You will be directed to a confirmation screen upon submitting.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact us at grantsadmin@neefusa.org.