Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) - Education Division
Grants of up to $300 to Arkansas public and private K-12 schools for educational field trips to wetlands. This program provides students with the opportunity to see waterfowl and their habitat first-hand. Funding is intended to pay for transportation and lunches for a field trip to a local National Wildlife Refuge or Wildlife Management Area.
The AGFC will assist schools in taking their program students to visit public wetlands, view waterfowl, and learn from AGFC biologists. AGFC will work with your school to pick a date and location that will be ideal for you, and students will learn about waterfowl identification, waterfowl habitat, and for older students, habitat management. This will be a hands-on experience, and AGFC will bring binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides, duck banding supplies, duck wings, etc.
Funding requests must focus first on transporting students to the Waterfowl Field Experience site. These expenses may include fuel for school buses, driver fees, and bus use fees. If this does not deplete the grant, funds may also be used to purchase lunch supplies for students and chaperones (bread, sandwich meat, chips, drinks, etc.). If this still does not deplete the grant, art supplies suitable for use in creating entries for the JDS Art Contest may be purchased, including, but not limited to, 9x12 drawing paper, colored pencils, color pastels, charcoals, paints, and other non-reusable supplies.
GrantWatch ID#: 147481
The maximum annual award for the Waterfowl Field Experience Grant is $300 per school.
Public and private schools in Arkansas may apply through school personnel. Applications must be submitted by the teacher who will be the Field Experience Trip Leader.
New applications from previously awarded schools that have failed to return required documentation for a previous grant will not be considered.
Ineligible costs include teaching materials, books (with the exception of field guides), website development, land acquisition, computers, long-term classroom supplies (tables, easels, storage containers, etc.), substitute teachers, salaries, or other payroll-related expenses.
The Waterfowl Field Experience is designed for a maximum of 100 students per group. If you have a group larger than 100 please contact Sheila Connerly (see contact details below) prior to filling out the application.
Project Time Line:
- Project Time Line Application packet must be postmarked by October 26, 2018.
- Notification to all applicants: November 30, 2018.
- Submission of final report: May 1, 2019.
All schools that receive this grant MUST submit entries for the 2019 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest (deadline for JDS art entries is March 15, 2019).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Sheila Connerly, Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program Coordinator
Submit application packet to the following address:
Attn: JDS-Waterfowl Field Experience Grant
890 Heritage Pointe Drive
Conway, AR 72034