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 biodiversity-themed 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.
Items eligible for funding include transportation and compensation for substitute teachers for those teachers who are participating in the field trip. Admission fees and guest speaker costs 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, 2018. No reimbursement will be made for field trips occurring prior to grant award notification.
Grants are only available to teachers of grades prekindergarten through 12 in Illinois schools and home-schooling teachers in Illinois.
One grant distribution period is held per year. Applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2018.
Applications are reviewed by a committee and notification will be made no sooner than four weeks after the application deadline.
Omitting any required information will result in disqualification. If your application is received by the optional preliminary application deadline of January 15, 2018, it will be reviewed for common errors that cause disqualification. You will be notified by email of any of these errors and given until January 31, 2018, to submit the missing/incorrect information.
If the applicant does not submit the missing information by January 31, 2018, the application will be disqualified. Any applicant who submits an application package after January 15, 2018, will not have the opportunity to correct errors and will be disqualified.
-January 15, 2018 – Preliminary application packet (optional) must be received by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Education by January 15, 2018, for review.
-January 31, 2018 – Application package must be postmarked no later than this date.
-March 15, 2018 – Notification to all applicants will be made no later than this date.
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