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Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant

Grants to Illinois PreK-12 Teachers and Educators
for Environmental Stewardship Projects

GrantWatch ID#: 175878
Agency Type:


Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) – Division of Education


11/30/16 Postmarked

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Grants of up to $1,000 to Illinois teachers, nature educators, and youth group leaders to engage preK-12 students in hands-on environmental stewardship activities. Applicants have the option to submit an application draft for review by October 31. Projects should involve student involvement with the planning, development and maintenance and increase the educational and wildlife habitat values of the site.

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 another public place (for example, a park or nature center/forest preserve district land).

Habitat projects may include, but not be limited to, the following activities: enhance or establish and maintain a schoolyard prairie plot, butterfly garden, rain garden, wetland, native tree arboretum, nesting platform or watering station; design and build a bird feeder or feeding station; or construct and install bat roosting boxes. Vegetable gardens are not eligible for this grant.

Funding requests should focus on items necessary for enhancement or development of wildlife habitat, such as native plants, seeds, mulch and lumber/hardware for constructing nesting/roosting boxes and platforms.

Up to $1,000.

The project must be completed before November 30, 2017.

Teachers, nature center personnel and youth group leaders (grades prekindergarten through 12) in Illinois may apply.

Illinois Conservation Foundation sites and Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites do not qualify for funding. Admission fees cannot be charged to obtain access to the site.

Plans that include vegetation should use native species. To see lists of Illinois native plants, visit:

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to, the following items: consultant fees, bird seed, bird baths, fuel, equipment, tools, equipment rental, signs, labor, books, Web site development, land acquisition, chemicals (fertilizer, herbicides, pesticides, insecticides), certification fees, decorative items.

Listen to the Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant podcast for helpful hints:

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If you would like for your application to be reviewed for common errors that regularly cause disqualification, you must mail your application package no later than October 31, 2016.

You will be notified by email of any of these common errors and given until November 30, 2016, to submit revisions. If you do not submit the revisions by the final deadline, your application will be disqualified. No one is required to submit their application for the preliminary review. This procedure is entirely voluntary.

Final applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2016. All applications must include a completed and signed W-9 form for the school or organization.

Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.

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

IDNR Division of Education

Submit application packet to the following address:

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Education
Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant Program
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271

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