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Grants to Arkansas Schools to Create Wildlife
Habitat on Campuses for Environmental Education

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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Education and Information Division

Deadline Date:

12/01/15 Postmark or Receipt

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Arkansas public and private schools represented by eligible personnel to educate students about wildlife, habitats, and the environment through projects that build wildlife habitat on school grounds. Projects must emphasize student and youth involvement with planning, development and maintenance of the project, and increase the educational and wildlife habitat value of the site.

Habitat projects may include, but not be limited to, the following activities: construction of outdoor nature walking trails, establishment and maintenance of a schoolyard food plot, butterfly garden, wetland, rain garden, nesting platform, watering station, design and construction of bird feeders or feeding stations, and construction and installation of roosting or nesting boxes.

The applicant must be prepared to maintain and commit resources to the project for at least five years. The project must be implemented on school grounds or, subject to AGFC approval, on other public areas. Plans that include planting should focus on increasing natural biodiversity by using native species.

Funding requests should focus on items necessary for development, enhancement and study of schoolyard wildlife habitat projects such as plants, seeds, mulch, lumber, hardware and hand tools. Plants eligible must be chosen from Arkansas native species.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164002

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum annual award per school is $5,000.

The maximum award per school over a 5-year period is $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Schools have one year to complete the work outlined in the project description or risk reimbursing AGFC funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public and private schools in Arkansas may apply through school personnel. Applications must be submitted by the teacher who will be the school/site project supervisor. The project supervisor must have attended an AGFC School Yard Habitat teacher workshop within the last 24 months before applying.

The School Yard Habitat workshop calendar can be found at: http://www.agfc.com/education/Pages/EducationProDevCalendar.aspx

The School Yard Habitat workshop calendar may also be found by signing up for professional development training announcements at http://www.agfc.com/education/justForEducators/Pages/default.aspx.

Project WILD volunteer facilitator requirements:
-Must have participated in a basic 6 hour Project WILD workshop;
-Must prescribe to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission goals and mission;
-Must be trained in a facilitator workshop.

Restrictions:

-Ineligible costs include consultant fees, fuel, equipment larger than hand tools, equipment rental, books (with the exception of field guides), website development, land acquisition, computers, chemicals (herbicides, pesticides and insecticides), salaries or other payroll- related expenses.

-Projects for the creation of agriculture (such as raised-bed vegetable gardens), husbandry of domesticated animals or livestock, or for gardens not in a natural condition are ineligible.

-Any projects considered “brick and mortar” (i.e. pavilion, greenhouse, etc.) are not fundable.

Pre-Application Information:

Submit the completed application packet to the following address:

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Attn: Pat Knighten
Project WILD Coordinator
2898 Highway 46 S.
Sheridan, AR 72150

Contact Information:

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

Pat Knighten, Project WILD Coordinator
870-917-2085
Pat.Knighten@agfc.ar.gov

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