Ohio DNR WILD School Sites Small Grant Program

Ohio Department of Natural Resources


Grant amount: US $500

Anticipated deadline: May 31, 2018

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Ohio

Location of residency: Ohio

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Overview:

The Division of Wildlife offers WILD School Sites grants to local schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other school-oriented facilities to start an outdoor classroom. Forty grants of $500 each are available every year. The grants are designed to provide funding for materials, equipment and activities that are otherwise unaffordable to the school or organization. These grants are not intended to be used as an ongoing source of funding for outdoor classroom projects. They are designed to be start-up grants for new sites or expansions of current sites.

The goals of this grant program are to:

  • Encourage the youth of Ohio to progress from awareness and knowledge to the development of skills and attitudes required to facilitate responsible action for the benefit of people, wildlife, and the environment
  • Provide financial support for educators and youth to develop wildlife habitats for use with school curricula and organizational programming
  • Promote cooperation between schools, youth organizations, community groups and agencies in implementing action projects that foster wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship.

The ODNR—Division of Wildlife offers WILD School Sites grants to local schools, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other school-oriented facilities to start a WILD School Site or outdoor classroom. These grants are designed to provide funding for materials, equipment and activities that are otherwise unaffordable to the school or organization; they are not meant to provide on-going funding to existing WILD School Sites. This is a start-up grant intended to help an organization begin the development of a WILD School Sites. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Public, Private or Parochial Pre-school, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools, School Districts, County Educational Service Centers or any agency (SWCD, Park District, etc) or non-profit community organization with established (and continual) youth programming.

  • The following criteria must be met:

    • Projects must be integrated into classroom curriculum and organizational programming. If an applicant is a non-formal entity, correlations to educational programming must be shown.

    • Students/youth must be involved in the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance and/or monitoring of the project.

    • Project coordinator(s) must have attended a Project WILD workshop.

    • Projects must include a habitat improvement component

  • The grant project coordinator(s) must have attended a Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, or Science and Civics workshop to be eligible for funding

  • Other support that the Division can offer:

    • Technical support, including on-site consultation and certification as a WILD School Site.

    • Educational and planning materials.

    • Workshops on how to plan a WILD school site.

Ineligibility:

  • Private individuals are not eligible.