2013-2014 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT GUIDELINES



Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)

Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)

 


Application Deadline: March 15, 2013



Grants that are funded must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana.

Maximum award: $2500

 

GUIDELINES:

  • Any Louisiana education, state, or environmental agency, college, university, or nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible to apply. This Professional Development grant is made available to all educators who impact teacher education.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the affiliate organization.
  • Grants will be awarded to individual applicants in single amounts not to exceed $2,500.00.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana.
  • If your organization received a 2012-2013 Sustainability Grant, it is not eligible to receive a 2013-2014 grant from the LEEC.
  • An individual/organization may not submit more than one application.
  • Grants must satisfy EPA’s definition of Environmental Education (EE): EE increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the skills necessary to make informed environmental decisions and to take responsible actions. EE is based on objective and scientifically-sound information, and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or a course of action. EE teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and enhances their own problem solving and decision making skills on environmental topics.
  • All monies must be spent on materials of instruction directly related to the purpose of the project, rental of retreat housing, and/or stipends to participants not to exceed $15 per contact hour. Travel, furniture, general construction projects, acquisition of real property, lobbying, non-educational research, technical training of environmental management professionals, indirect costs, and salaries will not be funded. Development or writing of instructional materials will not be funded.
  • Examples of fundable proposals include:
    • Providing environmental learning experiences that are standards-based, correlated to the Louisiana Content Frameworks, and include printed lesson plans or other resources that help ensure implementation of strategies.
    • Presenting workshops to other non-formal educators or pre/in-service teachers that illustrate how existing environmental education curricula can be presented in standards-based, environmental science as inquiry formats.
  • If funded, applicants will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed and the final report submitted by May 15, 2014. Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Expenditure spreadsheet, copies of invoices, copies of handouts, and other related documentation must be provided with the final report.
  • Significant in-kind services, cost-share OR matching funds (minimum of 50% match of requested funds) must be shown. For example, in delivering a two-day facilitators training workshop, the participants may pay a registration fee to cover meals, the project personnel may use their time spent preparing, presenting and traveling as a match, and if the facilities, meals or materials are donated, those too may be considered a match. A letter(s) of support from the source(s) must accompany this proposal pledging the in-kind or matching funds.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university or foundation.
  • Members of the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) may not apply.
  • The LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2014 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposal is accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 15, 2013. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, county/parish, or state, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION

 


Questions? Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at (337) 948-0255 or vortego@wlf.la.gov.