Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) – Division of Education
Grants of up to $500 per teacher to Illinois PreK-12 teachers, including home-schooling teachers, to take students on natural resources-related field trips. Priority will be given to single-day field trips in outdoor settings. Field trips must be for the purpose of learning about an aspect of the state’s biodiversity.
“Biodiversity” refers to the variety of life in an area. The field trip should support Illinois natural resources topics currently being taught in the applicant’s curriculum. The field trip site must be in Illinois.
The field trip must relate directly to Illinois' natural resources. Applicants must demonstrate how they are basing this field trip on one or more of these Illinois' natural resources categories:
Items eligible for funding include transportation and compensation for substitute teachers for those teachers who are participating in the field trip. Admission fees and program fees directly related to the field trip will be considered only if ample funds are available.
GrantWatch ID#: 176792
There is a $500 limit per teacher. Multiple teachers within the same school can collaborate on a field trip. The collaborating teachers must attend the same field trip on the same day.
NOTE: In order to qualify for the $500 maximum per teacher in a collaborative field trip, each teacher must be accompanying his or her own students. Bus transportation costs for collaborative field trips may not exceed $1,000.00 regardless of the number of participating teachers.
Funds must be applied to a field trip before December 31, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications to:
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Education
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
For questions, please contact the IDNR Division of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-524-4126.
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