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Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education (SFE) Fund Grant

Grants to USA Schools, Nonprofits, and Churches
for Nature Education Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Wild Ones

Deadline Date:

10/15/18 Midnight in your local time zone


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Grants ranging from $100 to $500 to USA schools, nonprofit places of learning, churches, and nature centers for projects that promote an appreciation of nature by using or developing natural landscapes and native plants. Funding is intended to cover the costs of seeds and native plants.

Wild Ones is looking for projects that meet three essential criteria:

- Youth engagement in planning and doing (age-appropriate)
- Creation of an ecosystem community based on native plants
- Focus on hands-on educational activities

Project goals should focus on developing an appreciation for nature using native plants and natural landscapes. Projects must emphasize involvement by students and volunteers in all phases of development, and must increase the site's educational value.

Creativity in design is encouraged, and must show complete and thoughtful planning. Use of, and teaching about, native plants and the native plant community is mandatory, and native plants selected must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and site conditions (soil, water, sunlight).

Examples of appropriate projects:

- Design and restore a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland in an educational outdoor site.
- Develop and maintain an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
- Establish a pollinator habitat garden and citizen science activity.
- Develop a wetland area or rain garden to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality.

SFE projects must have a designated and sustainable site, and have developed the project at a local level with community volunteer support. Proposed projects must be learner-based, hands-on, and incorporate ecological concepts. The Project Coordinator needs to be both knowledgeable and directly involved in project implementation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152640

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cash awards range from $100 to $500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities that may apply for funding are U.S. schools, nature centers, and other non-profit places of learning from preschool through high school, including houses of worship.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15 of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15 of the grant year.

Wild Ones encourages you to contact them at any time for information or advice. They can provide general advice about project strategy and plans, and may also be able to make connections to local sources of advice and information.

Please contact them at least 30 days in advance of the application deadline. Many successful applicants start planning in the Spring, refine their ideas over the Summer, and submit their applications in the Fall.


-Midnight, October 15th: Submit completed proposal.
-January 15 following year: Grants reviewed.
-February 15: Notification to all applicants by e-mail, with check and award letter to follow.
-February 15 one year after award of grant: Submission of final report from grant recipients.

Contact Information:

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

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Mailing address
Wild Ones
PO Box 1274
Appleton, WI 54912

Physical address for the Wild Ones Institute of Learning and Development
WILD Center
2285 Butte des Morts Beach Road
Neenah, Wisconsin 54956

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