The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Works Everywhere program is currently accepting applications for garden grants during the 2015–16 school year. Grants will be given in the amount of $1000–$2000 dependent upon the needs of the project. The purpose of this grant is to provide teachers with the resources they need to use school gardens to teach conservation science and engage students in understanding the value of nature, while creating spaces that enhance the natural landscape of their school and city.
Schools must be public or charter.
- Schools can be elementary, middle or high schools
- Garden projects must be new garden additions to a school campus, enhancements to existing gardens, or revitalization of garden spaces on school campus.
- Preference is given to projects with an emphasis on building urban green infrastructure (i.e., pollinator, rain, native habitat, orchards etc. gardens). While preference is given to these sorts of project, food gardens will also be funded.
Grant funds are to be spent on garden materials, including but not limited to soil amendments, plants, seeds, tools, infrastructure such as drip hoses, edging, rain barrels, etc.; classroom materials, outreach materials, seating, sheds, shade structures, etc.; also may be used to cover the cost of field trips to local urban environmental initiatives (i.e. non-profit gardening organizations, botanical gardens, urban agriculture sites, etc.) and may be used to cover operational/overhead costs for garden management.
Grantees will also get: access to educational webinars on creating and maintaining Nature Works Everywhere gardens as well as using gardens to teach conservation science; coaching and support through an online forum to connect all grantees with local resources; access to standards-based curriculum and teaching materials to support in-class learning; and a Tablet (iPad, Kindle Fire, etc.) that can be used to support standards-based curriculum and garden learning.
The deadline for applications is October 28, 2015.
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