Nature Works Everywhere

Grants to USA K-12 Schools for Educational
Environmental Projects that Create Green Infrastructure

GrantWatch ID#: 176186
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Nature Conservancy

10/31/16 5:00 PM ET

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Grants of $2,000 to USA elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools for projects that address local environmental challenges through the creation or completion of green infrastructure. Projects must include student education. Eligible projects may include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. At least five (5) grants will be awarded specifically for rain garden projects in the Puget Sound region of Washington State.

Preference will be given to projects with an emphasis on building urban green infrastructure; however, food gardens will also be funded if they address a challenge around access to healthy food. Garden projects should model nature on a relatable scale.

Projects do not have to be located on school grounds, but should involve students in design and/or implementation. A project may already be in progress, or funds can be used to start a new project. If projects are garden-focused, funding can be used to launch new gardens, for enhancements to existing gardens, or for revitalization of garden spaces on school campuses or garden spaces serving students.

Funding may be spent on materials, including but not limited to, soil amendments, plants, seeds, tools, infrastructure such as drip hoses, edging, rain barrels, etc.; classroom materials, outreach materials, seating, sheds, shade structures, etc.; may also be used to cover the cost of field trips to local urban environmental initiatives, and may be used to cover operational/overhead costs for management of the project.

Examples of the types of projects that will be awarded funding include:

- Rain gardens and other nature-based solutions for urban stormwater management, including but not limited to bioswales, vegetative buffers, and constructed/restored wetlands.
- Native habitat and/or pollinator gardens
- Urban forestry projects including but not limited to orchard plantings, native tree plantings, tree care and stewardship
- Projects that help address local challenges around climate change
- Food gardens that help address challenges around access to healthy food
- Other student-driven projects that address a challenge around air quality, urban heat island effect, climate change, stormwater, access to healthy food, etc.



Grants will end December 2017.

Schools and must meet the following requirements:

- School must be public or charter.
- School must be located within an urban area. Preference will be given to Title 1 schools.
- Schools can be elementary, middle or high schools.
- A nonprofit 501C3 organization can apply on the behalf of a school and serve as the fiscal agent if awarded funds. Students must be involved in the project to be considered for funding.

If awarded a grant, you will be required to:

- Attend a virtual orientation for the grant on or around December 14, 2016.
- Attend/view at least 4 educational webinars throughout the term of the grant, OR attend an in-person conference, if available in your area.
- Participate in curriculum evaluation
- Regularly participate in the online forum by posting once per month.
- Schedule an in-person site visit with Nature Conservancy staff during the term of the grant.
- Commit to performing at least 3 Nature Works Everywhere lessons throughout the term of the grant.

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