A second year of GOLD Grants has been allocated by the Georgia state legislature. These grants arose from a bipartisan Senate Study Committee on Outdoor Learning, which determined that all Georgia students would benefit from opportunities to learn outside.
GOLD Grants are managed and administered through a collaboration between Georgia Department of Education and the Environmental Education Alliance, Inc. The first year of funding (2022-23) provided 18 grants. A list of those projects is posted at the bottom of this web page.
Schools, school districts, non-profit organizations and public agencies are eligible to apply. Non-school applicants need to provide outdoor learning experiences and partner with one or more schools. Individual educators may submit applications though the principal (or CEO) must also be suuportive.
Eligible outdoor learning projects may include:
AMOUNT OF GRANTS
Grants may range from $500 - $5000
Grants will be awarded based on geographic distribution and - within each part of the state - selection criteria including the following: impact (depth of learning experience or number of student beneficiaries); learning goals; experience and interest level of applicant; partnerships; evidence of effective planning including recognition of school assets and project challenges; extent of student need as evidenced by Title 1 status of school or % student eligibility for free and reduced price lunches; lack of nearby parks and environmental education opportunities; reasonableness and detail of budget; likelihood of project continuation after the grant; and demonstrated understanding of best practices in outdoor learning. Innovative projects and approaches are also valued.
Reviewers from the Georgia Department of Education, the Environmental Education Alliance, Inc. and other sources will review and score applications. All eligible applications will be reviewed at least twice and scores averaged. There is a conflict of interest recusal process and guidelines for all reviewers. Final grant decisions will be made by the Georgia Board of Education. All applicants will be advised of their status within two weeks after the Board's decision. Those who are not funded may receive information on the review of their application.
Grant applications will be due by mid-October 2023, reviewed and ranked by early November, and considered by the State Board of Education at the December 2023 meeting. Funds will be deposited to school districts' Consolidated Applications (ConApps) for use in spring 2024. Note that grants for applications submitted by non-profits and public agencies will be funded through a partnering school district.
Previous grantees must wait one grant cycle before reapplying for a difference project. In light of the number of high-quality applications that were not selected during the first grant round due to limited funds, previous applicants may request that their original application be reconsidered without resubmitting the form OR may revise their application and resubmit for the same project.
Environmental Education Alliance, Inc.
P.O. Box 801066 | Acworth, GA 30101
EEA does not does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its program , activities, or employment. For more information on EEA's non-discrimination commitment click here .
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