DAEE mini-grant and awards information


We have recently simplified our grant application process. Potential grantees are encouraged to thoroughly read the grant information packet before deciding to complete the grant application. Please note that you must be a current DAEE member to be eligible to apply.

Mini-grant proposals are due by close-of-business on January 20.

Inquiries can be directed to DAEE Mini-grants Chair, Lindsay Lancaster.

  1. 2020 DAEE Mini-Grant Program information packet
  2. DAEE Mini-Grant Application (fillable MS Word document)

Past grantees:

  • 2019: Serah Pesce, Delaware Nature Society; Project title: Outdoor Classroom at the DuPont Environmental Education Center Native Planting Plan
  • 2018: Nicole Sturgill, Las Americans Aspira Academy; Project title: Restoring ASPIRA Academy’s stormwater pond
  • 2017: Kathleen Calais, Alapocas Run and Wilmington State Parks; Project title: Monarch Educator’s Workshop
  • 2016: Barbara Woodford, White Clay Creek State Park; Project title: White Clay Creek State Park BioBlitz


Established in 2017 by the Delaware Children in Nature Coalition (DCIN) in partnership with the Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE), the Awards for Excellence in Environmental Education are presented annually to recognize and celebrate individuals or groups in Delaware who represent the very best of what environmental education can be and do, ensuring Delaware citizens develop an understanding of the natural world that inspires them to act responsibly moving us toward a more sustainable future.

The award categories and descriptions include:

  • Exemplary Partnership Award: This award is presented to a group working in Delaware that demonstrate an outstanding partnership in the environmental field that serves as a model and inspiration to others. Delaware Children in Nature partners, DAEE members and other community groups working together to connect families with meaningful experiences outdoors and healthy lifestyles can amplify their positive effects.
  • Meaningful Impact Award: This award recognizes accomplishments toward facilitating positive community impacts on conservation, sustainability, and / or career advancement in the environmental field in Delaware.
  • Healthy Innovation Award: This award recognizes new approaches to connecting children, individuals, and/or families with the outdoors and healthy lifestyles in Delaware.
  • Outstanding Field Educator: This award is presented to an individual and/or organization working in Delaware who demonstrates outstanding environmental education efforts at the local, regional level and/or global level.

Nominations open October 1, 2019

The deadline for nominations/submissions is Friday, November 15th, 2019. Only submissions received by the deadline will be considered.

The Submission/Nomination form for all of the Awards for Excellence is available here (online fillable form)

Although not required, individuals completing the nomination/submission form are encouraged to provide supporting documentation such as photographs, lesson plans, student work, or other materials.

Nominations/Submissions will be reviewed by a Committee comprised of members of DAEE’s Board of Directors and representatives from DCIN.

The Committee will review applications and select Award winners for each Category. If an individual or organization is nominated for multiple Award Categories they will be considered for each Category but will only be eligible to receive one Award.

Award Winners will be notified in mid-January, 2020 and invited to attend the Award presentation at the DAEE Annual Conference on February 29th, 2020 at:

The Jefferson School
22051 Wilson Road
Georgetown, DE 19947

Questions or comments, please contact David Pragoff or DAEEonline@gmail.com

Questions or comments, please contact David Pragoff or DAEEonline@gmail.com