Earth Force Announces Winners of the Building Environmental Education Communities Small Grants Program

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$95,000 in Grants to Improve Environmental Literacy in Region 7

Earth Force, a national non-profit headquartered in Denver, CO, and the Environmental Protection Agency announce the recipients of the Building Environmental Education Communities Small Grants Program. A total of $95,610 will support 20 organizations in EPA Region 7, along with 3 local environmental education affiliates in KS, MO, and NE.

Organizations receiving the award will work on a variety of environmental and education priorities in the Midwest, addressing these priorities from a community perspective. Recipients were charged to develop collaborative structures within their community that will engage young people in actively addressing environmental and community issues. In addition, the environmental education affiliates will support the integration of the best practices of environmental literacy into the education initiatives and projects of the community organizations.

“Earth Force is encouraged to see the energy and commitment to youth engagement around environmental issues in Region 7,” says Cara Lynch, Senior Program Manager at Earth Force. “We are confident a greater impact will be made by investing in organizations working together around common goals within a community.”

Recipients include:

  •     Columbia Center For Urban Agriculture (Columbia, MO): BGREEN for CoMO will promote student achievement of environmental literacy and teachers transitioning to Next Generation Science Standards — $20,000
  •     St. Vincent Greenway, Inc. (St. Louis, MO): The Youth Environmental Leadership Program is an eight week summer program providing environmental education, service-learning, and leadership activities — $16,800
  •     Computer Village (St. Louis, MO): The St. Louis Sustainable Villages Consortium will appoint youth as environmental stewards to focus on local environmental issues — $20,000
  •     Konza Prairie Biological Station (Rock Springs, KS): Tallgrass Teens engages disadvantaged youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan, KS, in educational programming and service learning projects — $18,810
  •     Blue River Watershed Association (Kansas City, KS): The T.R.U.E. Blue Program engages Environmental Science Students at Wyandotte High School in water quality monitoring — $7,000
  •     Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environment Education (Lincoln, NE) — $5,000
  •     Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education (Manhattan, KS) — $5,000
  •     Missouri Environmental Education Association (Columbia, MO) — $5,000

For more information about Earth Force, visit our website at or contact Kristen Mueller at kmueller(at)earthforce(dot)org.


Earth Force is a national 501(c)(3) organization with headquarters in Denver, CO. Our mission is to engage young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future. Through Earth Force and our network of partners, young people get hands-on, real-world opportunities to practice civic skills, acquire a deep understanding of the environment, and develop the skills and motivation to become life-long leaders in addressing community issues. Visit us at or follow us at @earthforce to learn more.

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