Save the Redwoods League Education Grants Program

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Grant amount: US $1,500 - US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 19, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: California

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Redwood Education Grants Program

Since 2000, Save the Redwoods League has awarded more than 300 grants to provide high-quality redwood forest education both in and out of the classroom. The League grants funds to schools, park associations and other qualified nonprofits that provide redwoods education.

Our grant program aims to foster a deeper understanding of redwoods among diverse audiences through visits to the forest and related educational experiences.

Visits to a redwood park, particularly as children, have traditionally nurtured support for redwood forest conservation. We believe that if people experience the majesty and ecological complexity of the redwoods, they will be inspired to support redwood forest protection. These direct experiences may also lead to further outdoor recreation, inspire positive risk-taking and confidence-building among young people, and contribute to healthier communities overall.

Program Goals

The League’s Education Grants Program funds projects that:

  • Provide engaging, firsthand experiences of redwood forests for youth (pre-K — college); for example, through field trips, park interpretive programs, service projects, and after-school or family programs among the redwoods.
  • Connect low-income youth who may not otherwise have the opportunity to visit the redwoods through culturally relevant projects including, but not limited to:
    • Projects that connect rural redwood region communities with the forest resource in their backyards.
    • Projects that connect urban communities with local, regional or distant redwoods.
  • Encourage classroom teachers to teach about redwoods as a topic and use the redwood forest as a laboratory to master state content standards through curriculum development or continuing education opportunities.

Redwood education topics may include, but are not limited to: redwood forest characteristics, redwood ecology, associated watersheds, redwood forest-dependent species and redwood forest stewardship. Applicants may choose to focus their projects on either the coast redwoods or giant sequoias.

Call for Applications

All League Education Grant projects must have a field component and serve pre-K through college youth, with priority given to those reaching low-income youth. A primary goal for the League is to provide engaging, firsthand experiences for youth and their families in the redwoods so they are exposed to the wonder of these remarkable forests.

All grants will be for a one-year cycle, and we will no longer be offering three-year grants.

EDUCATIONAL GRANT CATEGORIES

The League’s Education Grants Program will fund projects that fit into one of the following two categories:

  • Redwood Visit: Educational programs which provide a 1-day field trip experience in a redwood forest. Funds provided should go primarily towards transportation (see application form for more details).
    • $1,500 award
  • Forest Immersion: Educational programs which provide 3-5 day field experiences in a redwood forest. (This includes a school spending multiple days in the forest or a nonprofit or an organization which brings multiple school groups to the forest for a single visit or overnight visit.)
    • $5,000 award

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

Eligibility:

  • We only accept applications from nonprofit organizations (including public agencies and schools) as described in 26 USC Section 170(b) (1) (A) [other than clauses (vii) and (viii)].
  • All League Education Grant projects must have a field component.

Ineligibility:

  • Individuals are not eligible to apply.