Schoolyard Habitat Grant Program

Arizona Game and Fish Department


Grant amount: US $500 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 31, 2018 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Arizona

Location of residency: Arizona

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Overview:

The Heritage Fund is used to protect endangered species, acquire habitat for the benefit of sensitive species, provide access to outdoor recreational opportunities, and educate children and adults about wildlife. The Arizona Game and Fish Commission administers the fund for the conservation of sensitive wildlife and sensitive wildlife habitat.


Schoolyard Habitat (Schoolyard)

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission administers the fund for the conservation of sensitive wildlife and sensitive wildlife habitat. Schoolyard Habitat (Schoolyard) refers to grants for projects that encourage wildlife education on school sites through the development or enhancement of urban wildlife habitats.

Grants are limited to schools/facilities within the public school system to include charter schools. Projects should encourage wildlife education, development or enhancement of urban wildlife habitats, and involve students from planning to implementation.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include the:
    • any non - profit  group which  meets  the  Internal Revenue Service definition of a 501(c) organization .
    • federal government
    • any federal department or agency
    • Indian tribes
    • all departments, agencies, boards, commissions and political subdivisions of the state of Arizona
    • counties
    • school districts
    • charter schools
    • cities
    • towns
    • all municipal corporations
  • Potential grant recipients must have a project that is either located in Arizona or involves research in which the wildlife or its habitat is located in Arizona.

  • Grants are limited to schools/facilities within the public school system to include charter schools.

  • Funds will be available under the Schoolyard Habitat Program for projects that encourage wildlife education on school sites through the development or enhancement of urban wildlife habitats.

  • Funds requested under Schoolyard can be used to purchase scientific equipment; tools, computers, optics, etc. however, these purchases should be reasonable in scope compared to the overall requested budget. Funds are intended to be used for wildlife habitat improvements that accommodates wildlife education.

  • Functional physical features intended for use by students that enhance wildlife education opportunities on school sites in an outdoor classroom setting (e.g., working tables, water features, benches, etc.) are acceptable.

  • Schoolyard proposals that do not meet at least one of the Eligibility Criteria listed below will be rejected:

    • Criterion 1: Development of New Wildlife Habitats on School Sites

      • Develop a new wildlife habitat on school sites or in areas immediately adjacent to the school. The habitat must encourage use by native urban wildlife, and increase public awareness/appreciation of wildlife and their habitats.

      • Promote wildlife and habitat education through project design by:

        • Utilizing native plants that attract and support wildlife

        • Designing the space to encourage outdoor learning and exploration by students

        • Developing standards-based instructional materials that utilize the schoolyard habitat

        • Involving students in all phases of the project including research, planning, development of curriculum, physical implementation and ongoing

    • Criterion 2: Enhancement or Restoration of Heritage Funded Schoolyard Habitat

      • Enhance or restore an existing Heritage funded schoolyard habitat. Examples of acceptable improvements include, but are not limited to:

        • Wildlife viewing blinds

        • Bird or bat feeders

        • Bird or bat boxes (e.g., nesting, roosting)

        • Naturalistic (vegetated) enclosures for desert tortoises

        • Naturalistic water sources for wildlife

        • Interpretive signs describing visiting wildlife species, native plants present, habitats, ecological processes, etc.

        • Low water use irrigation system

        • Replacement or restoration of existing non-native plants within the habitat with native plants

Ineligibility:

  • Funds cannot be used for vegetable gardens, greenhouses; hydroponics, raised beds, or other features intended primarily to raise food for human consumption.

  • Funds should not be used for physical features or items considered decorative or ornamental (e.g., arbors, picnic tables, fountains, patios, etc.).