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Schoolyard Habitat Grants

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Are you an educator with a project in mind to involve students in enhancing the schoolyard for wildlife habitat, connect students with the outdoors, and integrate nature into student learning in line with the curricula? Grants from the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants are available for schools with students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to help fund nature-based projects.

 

The New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, N.H. Project Learning Tree, the N.H. Fish and Game Department, and New Hampshire Audubon.  The partnership was created to make it easier for school staff to apply for a grant to enhance the school yard.  Now, a common grant application works for all four of the partner organizations and greatly simplifies the application process.

 

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Examples of projects that have been funded by the partner organizations in the past include the establishment of pollinator gardens, creation of outdoor learning areas, installing solar-powered bird baths and replanting of school grounds with native plants that enhance wildlife habitat.  Other types of projects eligible for support include trail or pond building, citizen science activities, and water or bird feeding stations.

 

Projects or items not eligible for funding include vegetable gardens, staff time, field trips, school grounds landscaping, or purchase of educational supplies unless directly related to the project.

 

Both student and community involvement in planning and on-site work is strongly encouraged. Professional consultation is available for project planning.

 

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Grant Application Details

 

Grant Period: The 2021 Grant Round is now open. Applications pdf are due by January  29, 2021.

 

Eligibility: New Hampshire schools that teach Preschool-12th grade may apply.

 

Grant Award Amounts: Grant awards range from $500 - $2,000.

 

Required Components:

 

  • Project Proposals must follow the proposal application (see below) and filled out in entirety.
  • Project Proposals must have a team of 3 or more people working on its planning and implementation. Teams may be comprised of all school staff or include community members.
  • Project Proposals should outline a plan for how the project will be integrated with school curricula; strong proposals will integrate multiple subject areas and involve students in its planning and implementation.
  • Project Proposals should have administrative support and a plan for project sustainability.
  • Project Proposals can include donations and volunteer time and should be documented in the proposed budget.
  • Project Proposals that involve a garden for wildlife must include a plant list.

 

Examples of Eligible Projects:

 

  • Developing a plan and/or lessons to integrate the schoolyard studies into curricula.
  • Teachers and students working with a landscape architect to design a schoolyard plan.
  • Planting native trees, shrubs, vines or perennials to provide wildlife food or cover.
  • Establishing pollinator gardens, especially for Monarchs.
  • Supplies (beyond typical school supplies) needed to participate in a citizen science project such as Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Project Feederwatch, Birdsleuth, or Yard Map, or New England Signs of the Seasons phenology project.
  • Building ponds or other water sources such as birdbaths or fountains.
  • Installing bird feeders and feeding stations connected to curricular studies.
  • Construction of nature trails connected to curricular studies.
  • Building small structures that support outdoor learning.

 

Examples of Projects and Materials that DO NOT Qualify:

 

  • Purchasing education supplies like clipboards and dry erase boards
  • Funding staff, speakers, or other consultants to lead the project
  • School grounds landscaping
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Field trips
  • Hardware, such as fences, nails, and stakes
  • Clothing and boots

 

If you are awarded a Schoolyard Action Grant, you must:

 

  • Finish your project by June 1, one year after you are awarded the funding, or request an extension.
  • Attend a Schoolyard Action Grant Workshop in the spring after being awarded the grant. (This workshop is waived for 2020 recipients.)
  • Welcome a visitor from our Schoolyard Action Grant Team during any phase of your project.
  • Share your project with others at a workshop, conference, or school meeting.
  • Submit a Final Report that includes:
    • Your project accomplishments
    • Pictures (without kid faces, please) to show your accomplishments and that can also be used for future promotion of this grant program
    • Number of people (students and adults) who participated in the completion of the project and the potential number of people that your project will reach each year.
    • Number of hours that students will now spend outside because of your project.

 

Our Team:


The Schoolyard Action Grant Team is made up of professionals from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, NH Fish and Game Department, NH Project Learning Tree, NH Audubon, and other Schoolyard and Education Professionals.

 

Need help or have a question?

 

 

Application:

 

The 2021 Grant Round is now open.  Applications pdf are due by January  29, 2021.

 

Applications must be completed upon submission and sent in a single email or envelope. Please no handwritten applications. Electronic applications and all accompanying files must be clearly titled with your school or organization in the heading.  (Example: SouthMiddleSchoolActiongrant.doc, SouthMiddleSchoolActionGrantpictures.pdf)

 

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