2012 School Sustainability Grant


APPLICATION GUIDELINES


YOU MUST BE REGISTERED IN THE LEEC GRANT SYSTEM TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL! You will receive a User Name and Password within one business day to access the system and submit your proposal. REGISTER EARLY BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR PROPOSAL SO THAT YOU WILL BE IN THE SYSTEM AND HAVE A SMOOTH SUBMISSION.


LEEC REGISTRATION SYSTEM


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries



Application Deadline: October 1, 2012

 

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 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.             Maximum award: $5000

Example Project:
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.


GUIDELINES:
  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers affiliated with 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 2012-2013 academic school year.
  • Grants will be awarded to individual schools in single amounts not to exceed $5,000.00. We reserve 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 a learning process.
  • Entities may only receive one Sustainability Grant award from the LEEC in this 2-year grant cycle and only one grant from the LEEC in this current school year.
  • 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, construction projects, 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 June 30, 2013. Instructions for submitting the final report will be included in the packet to awardees. Examples of student work, expenditure spreadsheet, copies of invoices, and other related documentation must be provided.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
  • Applicants, 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 2013 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 November 1, 2012. 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.

 


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 Project Description will disqualify the application.

 

IMPORTANT! Applications must be submitted before midnight Monday, October 1, 2012. Remember, you MUST be Registered in the LEEC Grant System to submit a proposal.

To Register in the LEEC Grant System:

  1. Go to the LEEC Registration System and fill out the Registration Form. Be sure to write the Project Title on this form EXACTLY as you will on your Proposal Form.
  2. Upload the following attachments:
    • Letter of commitment from the school administrator, written on school letterhead and signed by the school’s principal/administrator. (You may also include other letters of commitment from external partners.)
    • School's Tax ID Form
  3. Click SUBMIT. You will receive a password within one business day of your submission. Keep this password – you will use it when submitting your Proposal Form!

To Submit your Grant Proposal:

  1. Go to the LEEC Grant Proposal and fill out the Proposal Form and Itemized Budget.
    • Remember to include the password assigned to you when you pre-registered.
    • Be sure to write the Project Title on this form EXACTLY as you did on your Registration Form.
  2. Click SUBMIT. If you do not receive an automatic response that your application has been accepted, please contact Venise Ortego immediately at (337) 948-0255 or vortego@wlf.la.gov.

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