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Nature Works Everywhere Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Nature Conservancy

Deadline Date:

11/03/17 5:00 PM EST


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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, and storm water collection.

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. Green infrastructure uses vegetation, soils and natural systems to protect or restore urban areas, and refers to the patchwork of natural areas that provide habitat, water management, and clean air and water within a city.

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 (i.e. non-profit gardening organizations, botanical gardens, urban agriculture sites, urban-area wetlands, etc.), 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.

If awarded a grant, you will be required to:

- Attend a virtual orientation for the grant on or around December 14, 2017.
- Provide a mid-year status report on your project in May 2018, and an end of year status report in December 2018.
- Participate in curriculum evaluation (i.e. pre and post testing with students, or interviews/case studies with evaluators, or a survey to assess the impact of your project).
- Attend/view at least 4 educational webinars throughout the term of the grant, OR attend an in-person conference, if available in your area.
- Commit to performing at least 3 Nature Works Everywhere lessons throughout the term of the grant.
- Regularly participate in the online forum by posting, at least, on a quarterly basis.
- Schedule an in-person site visit with Nature Conservancy staff during the term of the grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176186

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Term of Contract:

Grants will end December 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 6 – November 3, 2017: Accepting applications; deadline to submit application November 3.
- November 30, 2017: Grantees are announced.
- November – December, 2017: Plan projects with support from TNC; attend orientation webinar on Dec. 14, 2017.
- By January 26, 2018: Grant installment 1 distributed - $1000.
- January – May, 2018: Execute projects; attend up to 2 webinars or in-person conference, if available in your location; submit mid-year status report; use Nature Works curriculum (subject to school/class planning).
- May 2018: Grant installment 2 distributed - $500.
- June – August 2018: Attend 1 webinar or in person conference if available in your location.
- August – December 2018: Attend up to 2 webinars or in person conference if available in your location; use Nature Works curriculum (subject to school/class planning).
- September 2018: Final installment of grant distributed - $500.
- December 2018: Conclusion of Nature Works Everywhere grant; submit end of year status report.

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