Preparing the Partner Verification Page
You must submit a partner verification page if one or more of the following apply:
- An outside organization, including a public agency, is providing one-third or more of the total match, that organization's Chief Executive Officer's signature MUST be included on the parnter page. Failure to include the partnering CEO's signature will result in disqualification of the proposal.
The chief executive officer is the highest-ranking employee or officer of the partnering group and typically has the ultimate authority to enter into contracts and commit institutional resources, e.g., the school district superintendent (not principal nor curriculum director), agency administrator (not regional or facility director), or the organization's executive director.
- An individual is providing 1/3 or more of the total match, that individual's signature MUST be included on the partner verification page. Failure to include this signature will result in disqualification of the proposal.
- A public agency and/or corporation is involved in the project, regardless of the amount of match they may provide or compensation they receive, the individual(s) involved must sign the partner verification page. For example, if an employee of the Department of Natural Resources will be serving as a guest speaker, and the DNR will not be providing 1/3 or more of the total match, then the individual serving as the guest speaker needs to sign the partner verification page. If the DNR will be providing 1/3 or more of the total match, then the Secretary of the DNR must sign (see #1 above), and the individual serving as the guest speaker need not do so, for the Secretary has signed on the individual's behalf.
- Submitting in the School Forest Education Plan category or the School Forest Implemenation category and the forest is managed in partnership, the partner verification page must be signed by the partnering managing organization.
- Submitting in the School Forest Implementation category and the proposal includes any type of forest management activities (e.g., removing invasive species, harvesting and/or planting, developing a management plan), the local Department of Natural Resources (DNR) forester must sign the partner verification page even if he/she will not be directly involved in the project.
Partner signatures that are faxed to the applicant and then submitted with the proposal are acceptable. Partner verification pages faxed directly to the WEEB office will not be accepted.
In order to conserve paper, you may cut and paste information (including signatures) from multiple organizations onto the partner page.