Public School Funding
How to use ARP ESSER funds to support outdoor learning
Through 2020-21, federal support for economic recovery and COVID-19 makes significant funds available to Maine public schools and the partner organizations that support them. Outdoor learning has been a major focus of those funds for many districts. In 2020, CARES Act and Cares Act Extension funds were the main funding mechanisms. In 2021, and continuing through 2024, the American Recovery Plan (ARP) and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds provide similar support.
Our guidance summary
North American Association for Environmental Education’s recommendations
Grant Funding for Outdoor Learning
Learn about local, regional, and state environmental education grant opportunities
Numerous grants are available for Maine teachers and schools from Maine-based and national foundations and agencies to fund small and large outdoor learning projects. Learn about some of these opportunities in this recorded webinar from the 2021 Maine Environmental Education conference.
See the spreadsheet below for up-to-date funding opportunities.