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Summer Tribal Youth Program

Grants to Wisconsin Tribes to Engage
Youth in Natural Resources Education

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

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Grants of up to $22,727 to Wisconsin tribes to develop summer programs that offer tribal youth ages 13 to 19 the opportunity to work on a natural resources conservation project. All projects must contain an educational or mentorship component. Programs should target both male and female youth.

Program Requirements: 

  • Youth must be between the ages of 13 - 19
  • Youth must be tribal or band members
  • Project must be related to conservation of natural resources
  • Safety training must be conducted if needed
  • Goals and objectives must be defined
  • There must be mentorship/educational components in the project
  • After completion of the summer program, interview/survey youth about the project and their interest in working in the natural resources field. Include this information in the final summary report

Program Recommendations

  • Include both male and female youth
  • Youth should give a presentation on their experience to the tribal council and/or elders or youth

Additional information

  • Leaders for the program do not have to be between the ages of 13 - 19
  • To be eligible for grant funding, youth must be between the ages of 13 - 19 and tribal/band members. -You may include other youth in the program, however, you cannot receive grant funding for their participation.
  • While there are a few requirements listed above, this is open to any project you believe will suit your tribe, location, resources and youth.

Examples of eligible items

  • Salaries, wages and benefits for employees actively involved in the program
  • Youth stipend/salary
  • Indirect costs
  • Purchased services - examples: printing, mailing, room rental
  • Office space dedicated to this program
  • Program recruitment and materials (limited to 3% of the grant request)
  • Hourly equipment rental charges
  • Vehicle/equipment rental costs
  • Training
  • Construction materials (limited to 5% of the grant request)
  • In-kind contributions: non-cash contributions of materials, equipment, services or labor provided that are reasonable and necessary for carrying out the project and meet the same test of eligibility as any other cost item. The value of in-kind contributions is what the sponsor would pay for similar services, materials, equipment or labor based on existing contracts, schedules or on the open market.
  • The maximum value of donated labor shall be $12.00 per hour.
  • The value of donated equipment shall conform to the WI Department of Transportation county highway rates for equipment. If equipment is owned by the tribe only hours the equipment is actually in use will be eligible.
  • The value of donated materials and services shall conform to market rates and be established by invoice.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143592

Estimated Size of Grant:

All tribes that apply and meet grant requirements will receive a grant. All applicants will receive their requested amount up to $22,727. If there are additional funds available, they will be distributed on an equal basis to those applicants whose request exceeded $22,727.

Each tribe is encouraged to submit one proposal. The proposal may include more than one project. The proposal should show estimated overall costs, even if the total exceeds $22,727. After annual allocation, unused funds will be distributed equally to tribes that requested more than their $22,727 allotment.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands domiciled in Wisconsin are eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Timeline
-February 15: Postmark deadline for grant applications to be submitted
-April 1: Deadline for grant agreements for first-round applications to be mailed to tribes and bands
-April 15: Deadline for tribes and bands to return signed grant agreements
-May 15: Grants finalized and any advance is mailed
-December 31: Summary reports due
-April 30 of the following year: All reimbursement requests must be submitted

Grant may not exceed 50% of the total cost. Federal funds/grants may be used as a match for this program.

If there are additional funds available after all initial grants have been funded, tribes will be notified that they may submit another proposal. The funding will be allocated equally among all tribes applying for this remaining funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Elizabeth Norquist, Grant specialist

WI Department of Natural Resources
1300 W. Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703

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