Wellborn Ecology Fund Grant

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 23, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in New Hampshire: Grafton County, Merrimack County, Sullivan County, Counties in Vermont: Caledonia County, Orange County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in New Hampshire: Grafton County, Merrimack County, Sullivan County, Counties in Vermont: Caledonia County, Orange County Expand all

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Overview:

The Wellborn Ecology Fund is dedicated to increasing environmental and ecological science knowledge in the Upper Valley. Since 2013, the Foundation has been focusing Wellborn resources to increase access to high-quality place-based ecology education in schools, with particular emphasis on K-8 education in underserved New Hampshire school districts, such as Claremont, Mascoma and Newport.

Marguerite Wellborn was a naturalist and a writer who believed that knowledge was the key to environmental preservation.

In her will, she left nearly $10 million to create the Wellborn Ecology Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, “to be used for public awareness of environmental and ecological issues in the Upper Valley.”

What we’re funding

Since its inception in 2001, the fund has awarded grants totaling more than $5.5 million to more than 125 organizations and programs.

  • Place-based ecology education has been implemented in schools across the region. Students are tracking wildlife, studying vernal pools and stream ecology, measuring climate – and much more.
  • Teachers get significant professional development and resources through the Wellborn Institute.
  • Farm-to-school projects have kids learning about local farms, local food production and good nutrition.
  • The Outside Story,” a weekly essay series, appears in Northern Woodlands magazine and in newspapers, spreading environmental education to a general audience.

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

Eligibility:

  • Funding limited to the Foundation’s Upper Valley Region. See a map of eligible towns.
  • Applicants must be recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or be a school, municipality or other subdivision of government. Organizations that do not have public charity status may apply for grants if another public charity acts as a fiscal sponsor.