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Wellborn Ecology Fund (WEF)

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/23/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New Hampshire and Vermont nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and schools to promote environmental and ecological education in the Upper Valley region. Funding will support high-quality, place-based education for school-aged youth, with an emphasis on K-8 education in underserved New Hampshire school districts, such as Claremont, Mascoma, and Newport.

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 to take useful actions aimed at protecting and sustaining the natural systems of the region.

Wellborn Vision;
-People of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can learn about the natural systems of the Upper Valley and the impact of human activity on those systems.
-All residents have ready access to nature—to learn about and enjoy the Upper Valley’s incredible landscape and natural systems.
-There is a growing network of individuals, organizations, and communities working to promote and implement access to nature and ecology education.
-Upper Valley residents gain the ecological knowledge and skills they need to enable them to protect, restore, and steward natural systems.
-Ecological sustainability and environmental stewardship are core values.

Wellborn Region-Wide Goals:
-Reach underserved communities and constituencies in the Upper Valley.
-Promote partnerships and collaborations between and among schools, colleges, environmental learning centers, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, community groups, and other institutions.
-Support existing environmental-education institutions in the region.
-Enhance leadership and expertise among individuals to better serve their organizations, communities and the region.
-Leverage resources to encourage more community and/or financial support for the Environmental and ecology programs.
-Enhance the scientific foundation for education and action.
-Promote replication of successful practices and proven models.

Key Objective — All Upper Valley preK-12 schools have access to high-quality place-based ecology education, with a particular emphasis on K-8 education in underserved New Hampshire school districts, such as Claremont, Mascoma, and Newport.

Strategies to Meet the Key Objective:
1. Starting or enhancing place-based, experientially-oriented, ecology-education programs in schools by supporting teachers, schools, school districts, and the nonprofit organizations that work with them.
2. Supporting teachers to participate in professional-development programs that specialize in place-based ecology education.
3. Enhancing hands-on, nature-based outdoor learning approaches that are tied to Common Core and Next Generation Science standards.
4. 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.
5. Providing opportunities for youth to have nature-immersion experiences in school programs.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181333

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted from organizations recognized as public charities (tax exempt under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code) and from public agencies, such as schools. Organizations that do not have public-charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.

Funding is limited to the Foundation’s Upper Valley Region. See link to map below in Additional Geographic Information.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching funds are not required, but securing other resources—cash, other grants, in-kind services, volunteer effort, etc.—makes the application stronger.

GrantSource will begin accepting applications on June 1, 2018.

The deadline to apply is Monday, July 23, 2018, 5:00 PM Eastern time.

If your application is funded, you will be notified by August 10, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online through GrantSource:

Wendy Cahill
603-225-6641 ext 21249

Tym Rourke, Director of New Hampshire Tomorrow
603-225-6641 ext 295

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301-4005

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire: Upper Valley Region;   Vermont: Upper Valley Region