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NH Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grant

Grants to New Hampshire PreK-12
Schools to Develop Outdoor Learning Sites

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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New Hampshire Audubon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - New England Field Office, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, and NH Fish and Game

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Grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to New Hampshire PreK-12 schools seeking to extend and integrate the curriculum to a nearby natural area or another outdoor area on school grounds. This program intends to help schools that wish to access the benefits of nature-based learning for student development.

The goal of this program is to nurture future stewards by connecting kids with their local environment, enliven learning through nature, and enhance habitat for wildlife.

Grant application questions address important project components. A project must have a team of three or more people working on its planning and implementation. These teams may be comprised of all school staff or include community members. Proposals should outline a plan for how the project will be integrated with school curricula; strong proposals will integrate multiple subject areas and involve students in its planning and implementation. Projects should have administrative support and a plan for project sustainability. Involvement and donations (time-in-kind or materials) by the community should be documented in the budget. If you are planning a garden for wildlife, a plant list must be included.

Examples of projects that qualify:
-Developing a plan and/or lessons to integrate the schoolyard studies into curricula.
-Teachers and students working with a landscape architect to design a schoolyard plan.
-Planting native trees, shrubs, vines or perennials to provide wildlife food or cover.
-Establishing pollinator gardens.
-Supplies (beyond typical school supplies) needed to participate in a citizen science project such as Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project Feederwatch, Birdsleuth, or Yard Map, or New England Signs of the Seasons phenology project.
-Building ponds or other water sources such as birdbaths or fountains.
-Installing bird feeders and feeding stations.
-Construction of nature trails.
-Building small structures that support outdoor learning.

The following program partners are available at no additional cost to help plan and implement schoolyard projects:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
-Conceptual planning & installation assistance
-Soil improvement recommendations
-Trail layout and installation
-Plant recommendations
-Class visit with a biologist

New Hampshire Audubon
-Standards-based schoolyard lesson planning
-Programs and live animal visits that support
the schoolyard studies.

NH Project Learning Tree
-Schoolyard investigations professional development
-PLT K-8 & Early Childhood activity manuals

NH Fish and Game
-Professional development on Project WILD and Growing Up WILD activity manuals
-Resources on NH wildlife

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182606

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests may be between $250 - $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Grantees must complete the project within 1 year of the award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Schools that teach Preschool-12th grade may apply for a Schoolyard Action Grant.

Examples of projects that DO NOT qualify:
-Purchasing education supplies.
-Funding staff, speakers or other assistants on the project
-School grounds landscaping
-Vegetable gardens
-Field trips

Pre-Application Information:

Strong grant applications will list other project contributions: materials, time-in-kind, dollars.

The grand period is open December 1, 2017 through January 15, 2018.

Successful grantees will share their project with others at a workshop or conference, to be announced by NH Audubon staff.

Contact Information:

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

Hilary Chapman, NH Audubon
603-224-9909 ext. 337

Hilary Chapman
New Hampshire Audubon
84 Silk Farm Road
Concord, NH 03301

Direct Questions to Grant Partners:

Ted Kendziora, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Judy Silverberg, NH Project Learning Tree

Mary Goodyear, NH Fish & Game

Hilary Chapman, NH Audubon

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New Hampshire