2013-2014 LEEC SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE PROJECT (SIP)
2013-2014 LEEC SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE PROJECT (SIP) GUIDELINES
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
Round 1* Deadline: September 6, 2013
*Additional rounds will be offered as funding permits
The LEEC is offering this grant in order to encourage sustainability initiatives in the EPA Region 6 area. Volunteer opportunities, educator workshops, and other projects that have a fundamental environmental education component and clear sustainability message will be considered. Projects are to involve environmental steward ship initiatives that focus on voluntary commitment, behavior, and action that result in environmental protection or improvement.
Open to local education agencies (accredited public & private schools), colleges, universities, state education or environmental agencies, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Project funds are provided via a grant from the EPA Office of Environmental Education Sub-Grants Program to LDWF.
- Local education agencies (accredited public & private schools), colleges, universities, state education or environmental agencies, or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in EPA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) are eligible to apply.
- Grants must actively involve stewardship efforts and/or professional development opportunities that embody the sustainability message and offer a strong environmental education component.
- The LEEC will strive to include audiences who work with or represent diverse student populations, predominantly underrepresented, and underserved communities throughout EPA Region 6.
- Grants will be awarded 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.
- If your organization received a 2012-2013 School Sustainability Grant or a 2013-2014 Educator, Professional Development, University, or School Sustainability Grant, it is not eligible to receive a 2013-2014 Sustainability Initiative Project grant from the LEEC.
- While the grant is awarded in care of the Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s organization/agency and the organization/ agency receives the award payment. The grant must remain with the intended organization.
- 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 educator stipends, transportation, supplies, and other materials directly related to the purpose of the project. Furniture, general construction projects, acquisition of real property, lobbying, non-educational research, technical training of environmental management professionals, indirect costs, and registration fees will not be funded. Travel and food costs must adhere to the State of Louisiana Travel Guidelines in order to be considered for funding: http://doa.louisiana.gov/osp/travel/travelpolicy/2013-2014travelguide.pdf
- If funded, applicants will be required to submit a final report within one month of the completion of the project. All projects must be completed and the final report submitted no later than June 30, 2014. Instructions for submitting the final report will be emailed prior to the deadline.
- Expenditure spreadsheet, copies of invoices, photographic journal, and other related documentation are required and must be provided with the final report.
- It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to all local, state, and federal policies, rules, 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 are strongly encouraged to attend and/or present at the 2014 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium (February 21-22, 2014 in Shreveport, LA) in order to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees, travel reimbursement, and lodging assistance may be provided.
- Awardees will be notified by mail and/or e-mail no later than October 3, 2013.
- Failure to comply with these guidelines may disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.