Grant Program: School Forest Implementation


Boy measuring tree using Biltmore stickPurpose 

Proposals must be for work to implement initiatives identified within the district's WEEB approved school forest education plan.

Previously un-identified (and therefore un-approved) initiatives may be incorporated into a district's plan via a plan addendum. All requests for such addenda must be in writing, RECEIVED at the WEEB office by January 31, 2014, and approved prior to the grant application deadline.

Eligibility

Four students using calipers to carry large logThese funds will only be awarded to public school districts with an officially registered school forest site, an officially approved school forest education plan, and a Department of Natural Resources approved forest stewardship management plan on file with the School Forest Coordianator by the grant application deadline (February 15, 2014).

A listing of school districts with officially registered forests, approved school forest education plans, and approved stewardship management plans on file with the School Forest Coordinator may be viewed at Wisconsin School Forests. For information on the status of school forests not on the list, or to discuss the status of items, 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 education plan category. Maximum award per school forest proposal is $20,000.

The "capital expenditure" limit and "site enhancement" limit for school forest proposals is a maximum of 75% of WEEB grant funds requested.

Please see "Preparing the Budget Summary" link below for definitions of "capital expenditure" and "site enhancement."


How to Apply

Download Application Materials (PDF format)

To apply for a school forest implementation 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:

  • Teenage Girl Planting Tree in ForestWEEB 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 $1,001): 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 $20,000): 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

 Samples 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.

 Aviod Disqualification

Two Boys in Forest Using Navigational CompassesTo 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

Two children on a downed tree

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.