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 September 30, 2015, and approved prior to the grant
These 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
(October 31, 2015).
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
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.
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 education plan
category. Maximum award per school forest implementation proposal is $10,000.
The "capital expenditure" limit and "site
enhancement" limit for school forest implemenation 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
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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 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, School District Name, School Forest 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" margins).
- 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
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 paper copies (original and 1 copy-2 sets total) post-marked by October 31, 2105 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: email@example.com
Deadline for elecronic 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 Implemenationl).
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.