Awards and Grants
BEEP AWARD deadline has been extended till Jan 20th!!
What are the B.E.E.P. Awards?
The BEEP awards are given by the Environmental Educators Association of Alabama to recognize the Best Environmental Education Programs (BEEP) in Alabama.
- Best School Project This award is given to an Alabama school who has developed an environmentally-based school project which promotes environmental awareness and fosters environmental literacy in students, teachers, administrators, volunteers, and/or other school stakeholders. Public or private school and K-12 and beyond are eligible.
- Best Environmental Education School Course or Curriculum This award is given to the developing organization/school of a environmental education school course or curriculum that promotes environmental awareness and fosters environmental literacy in students in Alabama. Curriculum for public or private school and K-12 and beyond are eligible.
- Best Environmental Education Community Project This award is given to the organization/school with an educational and stewardship objective that promotes environmental education throughout the community with programming and practices. Organization/school must be based in or do work in Alabama to be eligible.
- Best Environmental Educator (must be nominated by someone other than him or herself) This award is given to an environmental educator who, throughout the year, has promoted environmental awareness and literacy, shares their love of the environment with people, and exemplifies environmental principles of stewardship and leadership.
- The Jeffrey Scott Hughes Lifetime Achievement in Environmental Education Award The award is named after EEAA’s founder, Jeff Hughes. This award is presented to individuals who have been an environmental educator for at least 20 years and have spent a significant portion of their careers in Alabama. These educators embody the love and passion that Jeff had for Alabama and for environmental education.
When are they awarded? B.E.E.P. awards are given in an award ceremony Friday night at the yearly EEAA conference (Spring).
How do B.E.E.P. nominations work? Nominations are due two months before the annual conference. Award nominators, or award winners, will be notified by the B.E.E.P. Award Committee a month before the conference. Award winners can be notified of their win before the conference or can be surprised at the award ceremony, this decision will be made by the nominator.
How do people send in a nomination? Parties who are interested in nominating a person, school, group, or program can find a link to the application below.
What is the schedule for BEEP awards? Deadlines for B.E.E.P. awards can be found on the EEAA website. Nominations are due two months before the conference. Award announcements will be made a month before the conference.
What do BEEP award winners receive? Award winners receive: - A plaque commemorating their win - A complimentary conference registration and membership to EEAA - Recognition of their accomplishments on EEAA website and social media platforms.
How does judging work? Judges represent many facets of the environmental education community across the state. They are teachers, administrators, informal educators, and content experts with experience in education and the environment. They are given the nominee’s application, an information packet, and a score sheet and asked to assess the application on a set of criteria. The criteria includes, but is not limited to their integration of the environment into their program or teaching, and how they celebrate Alabama’s unique environmental gifts.
What is the Turtle Keeper Grant?
The Turtle Keeper Grant is provided by the Environmental Educators Association of Alabama (EEAA) and may be used to implement environmental projects, take students on field trips, or to bring environmental speakers to your classrooms.
What is the history of the Turtle Keeper Grant? The mission of EEAA is to enhance formal and informal educators' abilities to connect people to the natural world in order to foster responsible stewardship. One of our founding members connected many adults and children to their natural world. While instilling his love of the environment through his Native American heritage, he changed the culture of his school. To continue his legacy, EEAA is proud to be the sponsor of the TurtleKeeper Classroom Grant.
Who may apply? Any classroom teacher who is a member of EEAA.
How much is the grant amount? One grant of $200 will be awarded per year.
When is the grant deadline? Proposals must be submitted by July 30 of each year.
When is the grant awarded? Awards will be announced in August of each year. Projects should be scheduled to begin not before September 1 of the year awarded. The actual grant timeline will be September of the year awarded to February of the following year.
How do I apply for the Turtle Keeper Grant? In order to apply for this grant, you must: (1) Adhere to the following guidelines, (2) Fill out the Turtle Keeper Grant application form, and (3) Return the completed grant application to [email protected] . Only fully completed applications will be reviewed. Proposal Guidelines :
1. Must be a member of EEAA to apply for the grant. 2. Type all information requested on the grant application form.
3. Use 12 point or larger type.
4. Use only the space allotted. If grant items exceeds the 4 pages, it will be disqualified.
5. Do NOT include extraneous attachments!
6. Grant will not fund teacher travel or professional development. Are there any reporting requirements for the Turtle Keeper Grant? Grant recipient is expected to present at the annual EEAA conference or write an article for the quarterly newsletter.
**Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.** T
Professional Development Fund
EEAA's Professional Development Fund was established to assist professionals who wish to continue to develop their knowledge in the field of environmental education. Grant funding is available for financial assistance to attend professional conferences/workshops
Awards will presented quarterly. Applications must be postmarked by:
Spring quarter: March 1
Summer quarter: June 1
Fall quarter: September 1
Winter quarter: December 1