Proposals must be for work to develop, enhance or modify an educational
plan to provide details regarding how the use of the school forest and
the district's K-12 environmental education plan are/will be integrated
into the overall district curriculum.
Education plan grants may not contain any costs associated with implementing
a school forest education plan.
Need Assessment and Sample Education Plan Proposal
To increase the ease of submitting an education plan
proposal a SAMPLE proposal is available. The district will need to
modify the sample by providing district specific information.
In preparation for submitting a proposal, the district is encouraged to conduct a school forest education plan needs assessment.
These funds will only be awarded to public school
districts with officially registered school forests. To be eligible for
these funds, a district MUST have an officially registered school forest
site by the grant application deadline (October 31, 2015).
A listing of officially registered forests may be viewed at Wisconsin School Forests. For information on the status of school forests not on the list, or to register a school forest, contact:
Gretchen Marshall, School Forest Coordinator
Phone (715) 346-2633
Previous grant recipients must have submitted all reports to be awarded funds from the 2016 grant cycle. Contact the WEEB office if uncertain whether this criterion has been met.
Applicants may have a project (or projects) underway and still apply for another grant.
The Forestry Account of the Conservation Fund is expected to provide
$90,000 for the 2016 grant cycle. This $90,000 will also be used to
make awards in the school forest implementation category. Maximum award per education
plan proposal is $5,000.
How to Apply
To apply for a school forest education plan grant use
the link above (pdf file) to download the application directions. The
direction booklet does contain blank "print and type" application forms.
However, for "electronic fill-in" forms use the links below. Submit the
original and 1 copy (2 sets total) of the following:
- WEEB Cover Page (see Preparing the Cover Page)
- WEEB Partner Verification (if required, see Preparing the Partner Verification Page)
- WEEB Budget Summary (see Preparing the Budget Summary)
- Map or diagram page (optional, limited to 1 side of 1 sheet)
- Citation page (optional, limited to 1 side of 1 sheet)
- Project description
- Proposal will be disqualified if narrative exceeds 6 pages (six sides of three 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of paper, minimum of 10 pt font, 1" margins). Please include the following (usually able to do in two to three pages):
- Project Title, School District Name, School Forest Name
- Need and justification of need
- Project description and timeline
- Project evaluation
- Staff qualifications
What You Are Committing to Doing By Submitting a SF Ed Plan Grant Proposal
Districts awarded funds for educational plan
proposals will be required to use WEEB's approved school forest
education plan outline as the foundation for creating the final school
forest education plan.
Outline for final School Forest Ed Plan
Outline for final School Forest Ed Plan
To avoid disqualification and receive full consideration, make sure the minimum criteria for funding summarized in the Quality Assurance Checklist are met. Absence of any starred and bolded item will cause the proposal to be disqualified.
Grant writers may also wish to have someone who is unfamiliar with the proposal use the
technical review form and
merit review form
to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the proposal. Note these
review forms are from a prior year, and do not correspond directly with
this year's requirements. Project directors are responsible for meeting
the 2016 requirements for funding.
Submit paper copies (original and 1 copy-2 sets total) post-marked by October 31, 2015 or hand deliver by 4:30 PM on October 30, 2015 to:
Wisconsin Environmental Education Board
110H Trainer Natural Resources Bldg.
800 Reserve Street
Stevens Point WI 54481
For those wishing to submit via hand delivery, a link to a campus map of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is provided.
(Note: The WEEB office is located within
the Trainer Natural Resources Bldg., room 110H. The Natural Resources is
building #12 on the map. Room 110H is located on the first floor, at the
southeast corner of the building.
Submit an electronic file (ideally one file per proposal) to: email@example.com
Deadline for electronic file submission is 11:59 PM
Central Time October 31, 2015.
Prefer single PDF file. Word or Rich Text file is acceptable.
Please indicate the administering organization name and category of your grant application in the subject line (e.g., XYZ School District School Forest Education Plan)
The WEEB is not responsible for electronic communication malfunctions including server difficulties. If you would like confirmation of receipt of electronic submission please use the delivery or read request functions associated with your email software.
Electronic submissions that fail to have a corresponding hard copy submission will be disqualified.
Hard copy submissions that fail to have a corresponding electronic submission will be disqualified.
If submission of electronic file is not possible, contact WEEB by noon on October 31, 2015 for alternate arrangements.