WEEB general environmental education grants are available to the following entities:
- Corporations (nonstock, nonprofit corporations) registered under chapter 181 of state statutes by the grant application deadline (October 31, 2015)
- Public agencies (counties, cities, villages, towns,
public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, school
districts, and cooperative educational service agencies)
- State agencies, tribal governments, public colleges, and universities
- Private nonprofit colleges and universities — if the
school is not pervasively sectarian, including the absence of sectarian
entrance and graduation requirements
- Private pre-school, elementary and secondary schools —
provided that a corporation or public agency applies for funds on their
behalf and the following four criteria are met:
- Grant funds may not be used for religious activity or instruction.
- Any materials purchased under the grant shall be
nonsectarian in nature and content and may not be used for religious
activity or instruction.
- Title to and administrative control of any capital
goods purchased shall remain with the corporation or public agency.
However, as long as the environmental education program remains in
effect and meets criterion 2, the capital goods may be located in the
private school facility.
- Grant funds may not be used to pay a private school
instructor's base salary. Grant funds may only be used to supplement a
private school instructor's contractual salary.
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.
A 5% surcharge on environmental fines, along with
private donations fund approximately $90,000 worth of proposals. Maximum
award per proposal is $10,000.
The "capital expenditure" and "site
enhancement" limits are a maximum of 50% of WEEB
grant funds requested.
Please see "Preparing the Budget Summary" (link below) for definitions of "capital" and "site enhancement".
How to Apply
To apply for a general environmental education grant
use the link (pdf file) to download the application directions.
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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
- The narrative must detail how the project will enhance the environmental literacy of the target audience. Please include:
- Project Title and Administering Organization Name
- Project Description and Timeline
- Need, justification of need, and description of target audience
- Project evaluation
- Staff qualifications
- Proposals 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"
- Suggested narrative guideline for $5,000 or less-two sides
- Suggested narrative guideline for $1,000 or less-one side
For more information about the narrative see Preparing the Narrative or the application directions.
are provided as an aide to those writing proposals and are not meant to
restrict your vision of possible projects. For more examples of
projects that have been funded in the past, please also refer to the
grant recipient database
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for elecronic file submission is 11:59 PM
Central Time October 31, 2015.
Prefer single PDF file. Word and Rich Text files are acceptable.
Please indicate the administering organization name and category of your grant application in the subject line (e.g., XYZ Organization General).
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.