Grant Program: School Forest Education Plan

New Timeline: Deadline is October 31, 2015


Two teachers with finished school forest education plan document in 3-ring binderProposals 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.

needs assessment
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.

Amount Available

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:

  • Teachers at Forest for Every Classroom eventWEEB 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
      • Dissemination
      • Project evaluation
      • Staff qualifications
      • Continuation

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

Avoid Disqualification

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 Materials

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.
UW-Stevens Point
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: weeb@uwsp.eduSave & Close

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.