Mini Grant Awards:

COEEA provides educational organizations and community-based groups with $500 to $1,000 in funding for local projects or enhancements to existing projects that educate a broad and diverse audience of youth and/or adult learners.  Projects should, by their nature, benefit the environment and increase environmental literacy among Connecticut residents.  The project period is for the calendar year.

ELIGIBILITY
All current COEEA members (individual members and member organizations) are eligible to apply.  To verify membership status, please contact COEEA Membership Chair at membership@coeea.org

SELECTION PROCESS
The COEEA Grants Committee will review and evaluate each application and announce the awards at its annual meeting/workshop.  More details about this event will be posted via the COEEA listserv and online at www.coeea.org.  Awards will be based on merit, including local relevance, meaningful/experiential learning, environmental stewardship and advancing the goals of Connecticut’s Environmental Literacy Plan (CT ELP).

Click below for details and application form.

Word Doc format: 2017 Mini Grant Description Application

2017 Mini Grant Award Recipients:

Stamford Museum & Nature Center: Recycled ReCreation Maker Space ($525)

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center (SM&NC) is a 118-acre educational facility focusing on environmental, agricultural, astronomy, and art education.  It serves over 60,000 visitors per year, primarily families with children 12 and under, and over 30,000 school-aged children through its programs. The Recycled ReCreation Maker Space tied to SM&NC’s photography exhibition, Water: A Fragile Resource. The project was designed to be a hands-on, creative Maker Space for the museum, composed of all recycled and recyclable materials.  The project was accompanied by information on local recycling programs and the benefits to the planet of recycling different materials, especially the benefits on local waterways and water sources. The SM&NC also partnered with local businesses to collect items that would normally be thrown out or recycled for material for the Maker Space, as well as collecting from the local community.  Students and families had creative opportunities to build, craft, and engineer sculptures, models, animals, or whatever their imaginations decide while the important message of recycling and stewardship was reinforced.

 

Goodwin Conservation Center/Friends of Goodwin Forest: The Master Naturalist Program ($1,000)

The Master Naturalist program at Goodwin Conservation Center is a unique environmental education program in the State of Connecticut that serves educators, scientists, and the general public. The goal of the Master Naturalist program is to create a group of citizen naturalists who have a passion for and interest in the environment. These naturalists learn the skills of observation, analysis, and presentation to encourage their continued curiosity about the natural world.  In addition to the informational background being provided, a strong emphasis on presentation and education is provided to encourage budding naturalists to spread their message to the Connecticut community. Funding for this program supported 21 naturalists complete Level 1 of the program, at least 400 hours of outreach, and at least 300 hours of research projects and data collection with leaders in the field. Through this program, participants learn about the ecosystems of Connecticut, the animals and plants that inhabit our area, and current conservation issues affecting our wildlife and natural resources. The Master Naturalist program,  with COEEA funds in 2017, helps to develop more naturalists across the state and encourage interest in the environment.