UPEC Environmental Education Grants



Are you a teacher with a great idea for getting your students interested in the environment? We invite you to make your idea a reality through our Environmental Education Grant program.

For over 15 years, UPEC’s Board has approved grants of up to $500 to support educator-promoted environmental projects within schools or other educational organizations. Grant applications are due on the second Friday of January each year.

UPEC believes this grant series is especially important because schools are strapped for dollars to do innovative environmental education programs.

In 2019, UPEC funded five programs: “Life of Lake Superior” (Munising area), “Lake Superior Youth Symposium” (Western U.P. area), “4th Grade Afield” (Escanaba area), “Reduce Your Waste” (Western U.P. area), and “Exploration Station” (Curtis area).

Applications for the 2020 round of grants were due January 10, 2020. Thanks to everyone who applied!


Environmental Education Grant FAQs

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Educators in Upper Peninsula schools, public or private, or other groups and institutions wanting to create or enhance an environmental education program or support an ongoing activity.

  • Grants will be funded to provide financial assistance to quality environmental education programs and/or ongoing projects in need of support. We welcome proposals that provide hands-on experiences for young people in outdoor settings.

  • Special consideration will be given to fund at least one grant that uses the arts (visual arts, dance, or music) to advocate for environmental protection. This grant award is made from a gift to UPEC in memory of the late Bonnie Miljour. 

  • Grant may not be used for salaries, but all other expenses (for example, transportation, meals, supplies, honoraria) are acceptable. Grant recipients will be required to present a final report that includes an accounting of funds expended and outcomes achieved upon completion of the program. Reports may be published in the UPEC newsletter and may be edited.

  • HOW MUCH? Depending upon the quality of the application as evaluated by the UPEC board, grants of up to $500 each will be made for projects completed over the next 12-month period. We welcome new proposals and seek to help new projects receive funding.

  • WHEN do I need to apply? Applications were due January 10, 2020.  The 2021 round of grants will be announced in November 2020.

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