Grant Program: School Forest Education Plan


Purpose 

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 the 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

Eligibility

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 (February 15, 2014).

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
Email: gmarshal@uwsp.edu

Previous grant recipients must have submitted all reports to be awarded funds from the 2014-2015 grant cycle. Contact the WEEB office if uncertain whether this criterion has been met.

Amount Available

The Forestry Account of the Conservation Fund is expected to provide $95,000 for the 2014-2015 grant cycle. This $95,000 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 5 copies (6 sets total) of the following:

  • Teachers at Forest for Every Classroom eventWEEB Cover Page (see Preparing the Cover Page)
  • WEEB Consortium Verification (if required, see Preparing the Consortium 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)
  • Narrative describing project
    • Limited to two sides of one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, minimum of 10 pt font, 1" margins). The narrative should include:
      • Project Title and Applicant
      • Statement of need
      • Project goals, objectives, and activities
      • 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 2014-2015 requirements for funding.

Submit Materials

Submit post-marked hardcopy materials by February 15, 2014 or hand deliver by 4:30 PM on February 14, 2014 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.

In addition to the hardcopy, submit an electronic pdf (one file per proposal) to: weeb@uwsp.edu

Deadline for elecronic file submission is 11:59 PM Central Time February 15, 2014. Failure to submit an elecronic file is not cause for disqualification.

Electronic submissions that fail to have a corresponding hard copy submission will be disqualified.