Massachusetts Team Named 2023 NCF-Envirothon Competition Champions
August 4, 2023

Now Accepting 2024 Diversity Enhancement and Underserved Audience Grant Applications


November 1, 2023 - The National Conservation Foundation (NCF), working in partnership with the USDA Forest Service (FS) and the NCF-Envirothon, is pleased to announce the 2024 cycle of Diversity Enhancement and Underserved Audience Grant (Diversity Grant) program applications are now being accepted. 

The Diversity Grant program was created to encourage students to expand their knowledge and explore the environment and natural resource conservation through participation in Envirothon and its five areas of study: Aquatic Ecology, Forestry, Soils and Land Use, Wildlife, and Current Environmental Issues.

Recognizing that historically underserved communities and students often face significant barriers to participation, NCF-Envirothon and the USDA FS collaborate to offer Diversity Grants to U.S. state and Canadian provincial Envirothon programs to provide additional support and financial resources to recipients with the goals of:

  • Increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within local state and provincial Envirothon programs
  • Improving access to hands-on, outdoor natural resource education opportunities
  • Encouraging education exploration
  • Educating young adults on the importance of conservation

Mini grants will be awarded to qualified Envirothon programs for projects that aim to expand the reach of environmental education and Envirothon programming to students who would not normally have access due to a variety of barriers, including but not limited to: socioeconomic status, geographic location, lack of school resources, limited educational opportunities, physical or mental disabilities, and learning differences.

U.S. state Envirothon program grant applicants can receive up to $4,000 for a project. One Canadian provincial Envirothon program can receive up to $2,000 (sponsored by NCF) for a project. (Amounts awarded will depend, in part, on the number of applications received.) 

Applications for a wide variety of projects are encouraged. The following are some examples of broad categories of Diversity Grant projects, but your project does not have to be limited to one of these categories:

  • Participation Projects that provide travel and registration cost assistance to teams who have been prohibited from participating in Envirothon events in the past due to lack of funding.
  • Outreach and Engagement Projects that initiate a training and/or outreach program for historically underserved communities and students currently lacking access to outdoor education or opportunities to learn about the Envirothon, conservation, natural resources, and more. These may also improve environmental literacy and provide students with access to hands-on learning experiences.
  • Cultural Inclusion Projects that incorporate underrepresented cultures into state/provincial Envirothon competitions and/or programs (in the form of ceremonies, histories, oral traditions, indigenous systems of science, traditional ecological knowledge, etc.) or translation of education materials into languages other than English.
  • Accessibility Projects that seek to adapt training and testing materials for hearing, visually, or mobility-impaired students.

For full application details, please review the complete Request For Proposals packet found on the Diversity Grants page and apply through the online application form by 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, December 15, 2023. Awards will be announced in early February 2024.

Further questions can be directed to Stephanie Tolar, NCF-Envirothon Education Specialist, at 1-800-825-5547 ext. 4 or stolar@envirothon.org.