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Wisconsin Environmental Education Board - Forestry Education and School Forest Grant

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #149795

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Wisconsin non-profits, municipalities, universities, preK-12 schools, and others for a variety of forestry education projects. January 31, 2015 is the deadline for school districts to request approval for previously unidentified implementation project initiatives.

All grant funded projects must provide learning opportunities tied to one of the following goals:

Goal I. Communicating the Value of Environmental Education (EE): Build awareness of environmental literacy and sustainable communities.

Goal II. Education: Promote access to information and educational experiences needed to support environmental literacy and sustainable communities at home, work, school and play.

Goal III. Community Resources: Build the capacity of individuals, organizations, businesses, and governments to advance environmental literacy and sustainable communities.

Goal IV. Research and Assessment: Promote research and/or assessment to identify strategies that advance environmental literacy and sustainable communities. Assess progress toward environmental literacy and sustainable communities.

Goal V. Funding: Identify, develop, share or secure funding strategies and resources to advance environmental literacy and sustainable communities.

Forestry Education:
Proposals submitted should be respectful of the roles that forest management, products, conservation, protection and preservation play in our economy.

Possible projects include, but are not limited to:
* Training for teachers and/or students on our forest resources;
* Training in sustainable forestry concepts and methods;
* Workshops on private woodland management;
* Community forestry based educational events;
* Educational use of urban green spaces and street trees;
* Cooperative educational uses of community forests;
* Conduct forestry education literacy assessments.

Project proposals should leverage existing forestry education programs—not duplicate them. Proposals that address gaps in, utilize, or complement current forestry education programs are encouraged.

School Forest Education Plan:
Proposals must be for work to develop, enhance or modify a school forest educational plan to provide details regarding how the use of the school forest and the district’s K-12 environmental education plan:
1) Are/will be integrated into the overall district curriculum and
2) Promote sustainable forestry concepts and practices.

School Forest Implementation:
Proposals must be for work to implement initiatives detailed within the district’s WEEB approved school forest education plan. Previously unidentified (and therefore unapproved) initiatives may be incorporated into a district’s plan via approved addendum. Approval must be requested by January 31.

Eligible expenditure categories include:
-Salaries and honoraria
-Fringe benefits
-In-state travel, meals, and lodging
-Increased itemized operating expenses directly related to project

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  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Incorporated not-for-profit entity
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Private Schools
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public Schools
  • School Districts
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State Agencies

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Villages
- Towns
- Public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts
- Cooperative educational service agencies
- Private nonprofit colleges and universities – if the school is not pervasively sectarian, including the absence of sectarian entrance and graduation requirements
- Private preschool, elementary, and secondary schools –provided that a corporation or public agency applies for funds on their behalf and the following four criteria are met:

1. Grant funds may not be used for religious activity or instruction.

2. Any materials purchased under the grant shall be nonsectarian in nature and content and may not be used for religious activity or instruction.

3. Title to and administrative control of any capital goods purchased shall remain with the corporation or public agency. However, as long as the environmental education program
remains in effect and meets criterion , the capital goods may be located in the private school facility.

4. Grant funds may not be used to pay a private school instructor's base salary. Grant funds may be used to supplement a private school instructor's contractual salary.
Previous grant recipients must have submitted all reports to be awarded

School Forest Education Plan:
Public School districts with school forests officially registered by February 14, 2015.

School Forest Implementation:
Public school districts with an officially registered school forest site, an officially approved school forest education plan, and a Department of Natural Resources approved forest stewardship management plan on file with the School Forest Coordinator , Gretchen Marshall.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant match of 25% of the requested funds required.

Eligible applicants may submit one or more proposals within one or more of the grant categories.

Previously unidentified (and therefore unapproved) initiatives may be incorporated into a district’s plan via addendum. All requests for such addenda must be in writing, RECEIVED at the WEEB office by January 31, 2015 and approved prior to the grant application deadline.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

* Mini-grants- Up to $1,000
* Small grants - $1,001- $5,000
* Large grants - $5,001– $10,000 for forestry and $5,001-$20,000 for school forest implementation

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2015 - December 31, 2016

Contact Information:

For information on the status of school forests not on the list, or to register a school forest:
Gretchen Marshall
(715) 346-2633

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RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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