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Wellborn Ecology Fund (WEF)

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/24/17 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to New Hampshire and Vermont nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools to promote environmental stewardship and education in the Upper Valley Region. The primary grantmaking focus is on providing place-based environmental education in PreK-12 schools.

Particular emphasis is placed on programs serving K-8 students in underserved New Hampshire school districts, such as Claremont, Mascoma and Newport.

Strategies to Meet the Key Objective of PreK-12 Environmental Education:

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.

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 to make informed decisions and 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 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 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 financial support for environmental/ecology programs.
-Enhance the scientific foundation for education and action.
-Promote the replication of successful practices and proven models.

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 will discuss potential future funding for multi-year work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant 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.

Funding is limited to the Foundation’s Upper Valley Region:

-Vermont: Groton, Ryegate, Topsham, Newbury, Washington, Corinth, Bradford, Chelsea, Vershire, West Fairlee, Fairlee, Randolph, Tumbridge, Strafford, Thetford, Bethel, Royalton, Sharon, Norwich, Barnard, Pomfret, Hartford, Brigewater, Woodstock, Hartland, Reading, West Windsor, Windsor, Cavendish, Baltimore, Weathersfield, Chester, and Springfield

-New Hampshire: Haverhill, Piermont, Orford, Lyme, Dorchester, Hanover, Canaan, Orange, Lebanon, Enfield, Grafton, Plainfield, Grantham, Springfield, Wilmot, Cornish, Croydon, Sunapee, New London, Claremont, Newport, Goshen, Newbury, Unity, Charlestown, Langdon, Acworth, and Lempster

Pre-Application Information:

The application is due Monday, July 24, 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Final grant decisions are expected by August 11, 2017.

Matching funds are not required, but securing other resources, such as cash, other grants, in-kind services, and volunteer efforts, makes the application stronger.

Contact Information:

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

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For assistance with GrantSource, contact:

Wendy Cahill
602-225-6641 ext. 21249

If you have questions or need additional information, contact:

Kevin Peterson, Senior Program Officer

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Geographic Focus:

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