Grant Program: General Category


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Purpose 

Previously funded proposals have ranged from small grass roots initiatives to statewide programs. Projects should enhance the environmental literacy of Wisconsin citizens. 

Eligibility

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 (February 14, 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:
    1. Grant funds may not be used for religious activity or instruction.
    2. Any materials purchased under the grant shall be nonsectarian in nature and content and may not be used for religious activity or instruction.
    3. 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.
    4. 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 2015-2016 grant cycle. Contact the WEEB office if uncertain whether this criterion has been met.

Amount Available

Child with left hand on flower, right hand holding clipboardA 5% surcharge on environmental fines, along with private donations fund approximately $115,000 worth of proposals. Maximum award per proposal is $10,000.

The "capital expenditure" and "site enhancement" limit for mini-grant proposals (grant award of  $1,000 or less) is a maximum of 75% of WEEB grant funds requested.

The "capital expenditure" and "site enhancement" limit for small grant proposals (grant award of $1,001 to $5,000) and large grants ($5,001 to $10,000) is 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. 

Download Application Materials (PDF Format

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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 5 copies (6 sets total) of the following:

  • WEEB 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
    • Mini-grants ($1 to $1,000): limited to one side of one sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" paper, minimum of 10 pt font, 1" margins). The narrative should include:
    • Small grants ($1,001 to $5,000): 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
    • Large grants ($5,001 to $10,000): limited to six sides of three sheets 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

For more information about the narrative see Preparing the Narrative or the application directions.

Samples

 Group at Aldo Leopold shackSamples 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.
 

Avoid Disqualification

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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

 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 2015-2016 requirements for funding.

Submit Materials

Submit post-marked hardcopy materials by February 14, 2015 or hand deliver by 4:30 PM on February 13, 2015 to:

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board
110H Trainer Natural Resources Bldg.
UW-Stevens Point
800 Reserve Street
Stevens Point WI 54481

Students observing tracks in the snowFor 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: weebgrants@uwsp.edu

Deadline for elecronic file submission is 11:59 PM Central Time February 14, 2015. 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.