Marilyn Wyzga: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
October 10, 2006
Wildlife Action Grants Available for Teachers
Grant Application Deadline: November 15, 2006
CONCORD, N.H. -- Teachers interested in starting wildlife habitat projects can apply to the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program at New Hampshire Fish and Game for start-up funds. The program provides mini-grants of up to $300 -- or $600 with matching funds -- for projects allowing students and educators to enhance habitat for people and wildlife. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 15, 2006.
For a proposal packet, write to Marilyn Wyzga, Public Affairs Division, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call (603) 271-3211.
The Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program is designed to support student environmental action that can be measured in acres improved or protected for wildlife. Activities can include hands-on schoolyard or community habitat improvement or projects influencing community attitudes about maintaining or protecting wildlife habitat.
The grant program is funded by the Conservation License Plate fund, through the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program at Fish and Game. Each applicant may request up to $300, or up to $600 if a dollar-for-dollar match can be provided by the school or organization for any amount over the initial $300. A match is not required for the first $300.
Grants are available to educators working in cooperation with Project HOME or Project WILD. Project HOME is an award-winning schoolyard habitat program coordinated by Fish and Game. Project WILD provides teachers with wildlife materials through interactive, interdisciplinary workshops about wildlife and the environment.
Who can apply for the Wildlife Action Grants? Teachers and other educators trained in Project WILD and/or Project HOME "Homes for Wildlife in the Schoolyard", or who have a member of one of these programs on their team.
"We're looking for student-driven action projects that will directly benefit wildlife," says Marilyn Wyzga, coordinator of the Project HOME schoolyard habitat program at Fish and Game. "Projects with the best chance of long-term success involve schools assembling a team of staff, students, community members and resource professionals."
Examples of past projects funded by Wildlife Action Grants include:
- Berlin High School installed 10 bat boxes along the Dead River and planted grasses for vegetative cover in runoff areas.
- St. Anthony's School in Manchester used their grant to initiate "Wildlife in the City," a bird and pollinator garden with native and ornamental plants, feeders and feeding stations.
- Beaver Meadow School in Concord established 4 pollinator gardens using seeds and young plants that host butterflies and other insects and birds. They also replaced 6 invasive burning bushes with appropriate native plants.
- Epsom Central School received a second grant to extend their "Pollinator Habitat," using perennials, shrubs, grasses and groundcovers for food sources and nesting to create additional habitat for songbirds and insects.
Grant applications will be evaluated by staff from Project HOME and biologists and educators from the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Grant recipients are required to evaluate the progress of their project at the end of the school year. Recipients may apply for grants in subsequent years if additional funding is necessary, and also may apply for funds for new projects.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources.