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Environmental Curricula Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies for Environmental Education

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Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation (MGAEF)

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Grants of up to $1,500 to USA, Canada and International nonprofits, schools, and government agencies for the creation, application, or field testing of environmental curricula. Applicants must submit an LOI. Funding is intended to implement field activities and classroom education, and integrate basic ecological principles and problem solving.

Grant Goals:
- To empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems
- To promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world
- To train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

To be awarded a grant, environmental curricula must:
- Show a holistic approach
- Strive to synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles)
- Include experiential, integrated learning and problem-solving
- Be founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design
- Incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting
- Present controversial issues objectively, stressing the development of individual student opinions

Accordingly, here is summarized the kinds of proposals that are most likely to be funded:

1. Students address an important local or global problem.
Examples: The Telluride Institute proposal explicitly addressed local watershed-level conservation. The Clarence Nature Center proposal directly addressed field projects at a local nature center and put the proposal in the context of the lack of other opportunities for students.

2. Students design and conduct experiments or research projects in order to learn how to do science, while at the same time learning important content.
Examples: Poland School students developed and tested hypotheses about stream characteristics and invertebrates. Warrenton School students will be directly comparing replicated and natural wetlands.

3. Lessons integrate classroom learning and field learning. All of the successful projects include both field-based learning that extends beyond a simple "field trip" and classroom-based learning. For example, how will your proposed activities address the required ecology content in your state standards?

Most common reasons that The Foundation doesn’t fund a proposal:

1. Lack of Funds. Most proposals received should be funded, but resources are limited so they are forced to reject otherwise excellent proposals.

2. Proposals with limited scientific content. Nobody disputes that most students would benefit from the opportunities available at a natural area or garden within a school campus. However, The Foundation strives to support science education, so they strive to fund proposals that use these areas as a natural laboratory in which to conduct scientific research and experiments. For example, how do soil characteristics affect plant growth. What factors affect bird feeder use and so on.

3. Proposals with unclear budgets. Only grants of $1,500 are given and this is often too small to support most proposals. However, if your total budget exceeds the maximum amount, it is critical that you make it clear whether the project can succeed with only this grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174429

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and other organizations.

- The only criterion is that the Foundation is required to provide funds to an organization, not to an individual. If you are self-employed, you need to find a sponsoring organization.

- The Foundation funds organizations across the globe, for example in Tanzania, Kenya, Guatemala, Chile, and Bangladesh.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will occur in two steps:

1. A single page “PRE-PROPOSAL” should be submitted via a google form. The last day for pre-proposals is October 2, 2018.
- The pre-proposal will summarize the application. The pre-proposal must not exceed one page.
- Pre-proposals can be submitted at any time: you will receive notification of whether you can proceed to the full proposal stage within a week or so after you send your pre-proposal.

2. A subset of these proposals will be selected to submit a Full Proposal

- You should only submit a full proposal if you receive a request to do so based on your pre-proposal.
- Full proposals are due October 19, 2018. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive more information.

Grant writing advice:

Contact Information:

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

Pre-proposals must be submitted using a google form here:

Suzanne Murphy

c/o Suzanne Murphy
9110 Thompsonwood Dr.
Clarence Center, NY 14032

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