2013-2014 LEEC SUSTAINABILITY GRANT GUIDELINES
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2013
The LEEC is offering this grant in order to encourage sustainability initiatives in EPA Region 6 K-12 schools. Proposals to be considered are those within a specific school campus that will both actively engage students and result in a more sustainable facility. Project funds are provided via a grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program to LDWF.
Open to accredited K-12 schools in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
Maximum award: $5000
A teacher realizes that a large amount of waste is generated at school. The janitor is willing to maintain a recycling center if needed supplies were available. The teacher has students calculate the amount of garbage generated, evaluate container needs and desirable locations, develop a campaign strategy, locate vendors, complete a cost a comparative of supplies, etc. Once the program is implemented, the students compare pre-and post- waste outputs, calculate landfill savings, and generate reports. Students conclude the lesson series by organizing an Earth Day at school, emphasizing the value of recycling to fellow schoolmates and/or the community. Grant funds can be used for materials and equipment to implement the project.
- School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
- While the grant is awarded in care of the Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s school and the school/school system receives the award payment. The grant must remain with the intended school. Example: If the teacher, as the project leader, transfers to another school, the grant remains with the school.
- Grants are to be implemented during the 2013-2014 academic school year.
- Grants will be awarded to individual schools in single amounts not to exceed $5,000.00. LDWF reserves the right to award 75% upon contract initiation and 25% after the project is complete.
- Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have a school sustainability focus, and be designed to directly involve students in the learning process.
- 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 and/or equipment directly related to the purpose of the project. Travel, furniture, general construction projects, acquisition of real property, lobbying, non-educational research, technical training of environmental management professionals, indirect costs, registration fees, and/or food items will not be funded.
- 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. Examples of student work, expenditure spreadsheet, copies of invoices, and other related documentation must be provided with the final report.
- It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
- 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, travel reimbursement, and lodging assistance may be provided.
- 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.