Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) in partnership with the

Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)

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


Application Deadline: March 15, 2016

The LEEC, in collaboration with the LDOE, is offering this grant to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.

Open to accredited Pre-K-12 schools in Louisiana

Maximum award: $5000




  • School administrators or full-time classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (Pre-K-12) in Louisiana 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 will receive the award payment. The grant must remain with the intended school or be returned to LDWF. Example: If the Project Leader (teacher) transfers to another school, the grant remains with the applying school or the funds are returned.
  • Grants are to be implemented during the 2016-2017 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.
  • Proposals must be based on sound scientific principles, have a school sustainability focus, and be designed to directly involve students in the learning process.
  • An individual/organization may not submit more than one application.
  • Proposals 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, indirect costs, registration fees, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Grant recipients 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, 2017. Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Examples of student work, an 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/LDOE reserve the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF/LDOE websites, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2017 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, 2016. 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, or parish, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.




Questions? Contact Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator, at (225) 765-0124 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.


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