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Wellborn Ecology Fund (WEF)

Grants to New Hampshire and Vermont Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Ecology Education Programming

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

06/21/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New Hampshire and Vermont nonprofit organizations, agencies, and schools to promote ecology and sustainability education in eligible areas. Funding is intended to enhance educational programming at PreK-12 schools, with special emphasis on K-8 education in underserved New Hampshire school districts. Funding limited to the Foundation’s Upper Valley Region.

The mission of the Wellborn Ecology Fund is to support experientially-oriented, place-based, ecology education programs that focus on the people and communities of the Upper Valley. These programs should provide Upper Valley residents with the knowledge, experience, skills, and understanding necessary to make informed decisions and take useful actions aimed at protecting and sustaining the natural systems of the region.

Key Objective: All Upper Valley pre-K 12 schools have access to high-quality place-based ecology education, with particular emphasis on K-8 education in underserved New Hampshire school districts, including but not limited to: Claremont, Mascoma, and Newport. 

Strategies to Meet the Key Objective:

  • Starting or enhancing hands-on, place-based ecology-education programs in schools by supporting teachers, schools and the nonprofit organizations that work with them.
  • Supporting teachers to participate in professional-development opportunities that will enhance their skills in place-based ecology education
  • Enhancing hands-on, nature-based, outdoor learning approaches that are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.
  • Improving, enhancing or creating access to natural areas within walking distance of schools, and helping to integrate learning opportunities in those natural areas with school curriculum.
  • Providing opportunities for youth to have nature-immersion experiences in school programs.

Grant Focus: The Foundation accepts proposals for short-term projects that address the Key Objective by implementing one or more of the “Strategies to Meet the Key Objective”, listed above. These may include program planning and design, start-up funding for new/expanded initiatives, equipment or supplies for new or existing programs, implementing successful practices, and so on. 

For information on The Upper Valley Teaching Place Collaborative, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181333

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will not make multi-year grants, but can discuss potential future funding for multi-year work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility: Must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a school, municipality, or other subdivision of government. Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.

Pre-Application Information:

- GrantSource will begin accepting applications on May 10, 2021.
- Application Deadline: Monday, June 21, 2021, 5:00 pm Eastern time.
- If your application is funded, you will be notified by July 21, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Register and Apply Online (starting on May 10):

Traci Fowler, Senior Program Officer, Upper Valley Region
603-225-6641 ext 21243

For questions or more information, please contact Wendy Cahill at or call 603-225-6641 ext. 21249.

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301

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USA: New Hampshire;   Vermont

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