Ohio DNR WILD School Sites: Wildlife Education Grant Program
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Grant amount: US $500
Anticipated deadline: Jun 30, 2019
Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit
Funding uses: Education / Outreach
Location of project: Ohio
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NOTE: Applications for WILDLIFE EDUCATION grants are accepted from July 1 to June 30 each state fiscal year, pending available funding. Funding is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, provided criteria are met.
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.
What is the Wildlife Education Grant Program?
Wildlife education is considered any project or program that focuses on and benefits Ohio's wildlife and their habitats. Wildlife education projects and programs function within the premise that every school or organization, regardless of size and location, can provide wildlife-related opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated education program. Wildlife education programs include Project WILD, an international supplemental curriculum that is administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The grant project coordinator(s) must have attended a Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, Curious KIDSS, or Science and Civics workshop to be eligible for funding. Wildlife education projects and programs provide opportunities for students to apply learned concepts and use what they know.
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 related projects and programs for use with school curricula and organizational programming; and
- promote cooperation between schools, youth organizations, community groups and agencies in implementing projects and programs that foster wildlife conservation and environmental stewardship.
Each grant proposal must equal $500.00. Up to 40 grants will be awarded each grant cycle. Funding for Wildlife Education grants is made possible by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses in the state of Ohio.
Suggested Activities Available for Funding
Projects that improve habitat for wildlife on school sites or a designated area on community property or property with community and school access. Examples: planting trees, flowers, shrubs, or putting up nesting boxes in a school, park, or playground; planting a bird or butterfly garden in a schoolyard; installing a pond for aquatic habitat; establishing bird feeding stations; developing access trails to a wildlife habitat area for use in environmental education studies; enhancing an area for environmental education programs in areas where habitat already exists.
Programs that increase the awareness and knowledge of students and visitors about Ohio wildlife. Examples: developing signage for nature trails; supplies and materials to enhance the study of wildlife on the school grounds or nearby nature areas (i.e. binoculars, spotting scopes, field investigation supplies, cameras and scientific equipment under $200, etc.); professional development for educators that focuses on wildlife and habitat; field trips for wildlife-related programs.
Applicants may contact the ODNR Division of Wildlife’s Education Coordinator at 1-800-WILDLIFE or at [email protected] before applying to confirm eligibility of a project.
Additional Support Available from the ODNR Division of Wildlife
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.
- Workshops on Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, Curious KIDSS and Science and Civics
NOTE: Above items are subject to availability.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- 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 and programs 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, maintenance and/or monitoring of any habitat improvement projects. Wildlife-related programs are required to be factual and science-based and must focus on native Ohio wildlife species.
- Project coordinator(s) must have attended a Project WILD workshop.
- Only one grant per facility/site is permitted each state of Ohio fiscal year, which is July 1-June 30. A school district or organization can receive multiple grants per fiscal year if they have multiple sites. These grants are competitive in nature and are awarded based on merit. The ODNR Division of Wildlife reserves the right to limit the number of grants to a school district or organization in order to reach new communities or audiences elsewhere in the state.
- Projects and programs should be integrated into the classroom curriculum, state education standards and/ or organizational programming. Applicants must demonstrate student/youth involvement in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance/monitoring of all projects.
- Private individuals are not eligible.
- Not supported:
- Administrative costs
- Staffing and/or labor for a project
- Physical/landscape materials for projects, outside of those purchased with grant funds
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