Are you an educator with a project in mind that will connect students with the outdoors, enhance the schoolyard for wildlife habitat, and integrate nature into student learning in alignment with curricula? If yes, then apply for the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants program!
Donor Name: New Hampshire Fish And Game
State: New Hampshire
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/28/2022
Size of the Grant: $2,500
Grants are available for schools and educational organizations with students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to help fund schoolyard nature-based projects.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s New England Field Office, New Hampshire Fish and Game, New Hampshire Project Learning Tree, and New Hampshire Audubon collectively comprise the NH Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants. These groups collaborated to support schools that want to take action and achieve the benefits of nature-based studies for student development and learning. The goals are to nurture future environmental stewards by connecting students with their local environment and to enliven learning through nature.
Grant Award Amounts
Grant awards can be up to $2,500.
Examples of Eligible Projects
- Developing a plan and/or lessons to integrate outdoor 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.
- Creating a rain garden with native plants for study of soils, and plant ecology 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, 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 for use connected to curricular studies.
- Building small structures that support outdoor learning or provide outdoor classroom space.
New Hampshire schools and other education-based organizations that serve young children through-12th grade may apply.
- Project Proposals must follow the proposal application (see below) and be filled out entirely.
- 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 must have support from the school administration and a plan for sustainability.
A Project Proposal should:
- Describe 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
- Identify the purpose and need for this schoolyard project.
- Provide an explanation of how students will use the outdoor space.
- Have realistic goals to complete a schoolyard project in a two-year period. We anticipate that the first year will be dedicated towards planning and the second year will be the implementation phase.
- Provide pictures of your current outdoor space.
For more information, visit Schoolyard Habitat Grants program.