Marilyn Wyzga: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
January 9, 2008
WILDLIFE ACTION GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR TEACHERS
Grant Application Deadline: February 15, 2008
CONCORD, N.H. - A new round has opened for teachers interested in starting wildlife habitat projects to apply to the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department 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 February 15, 2008.
For a proposal packet, write to Marilyn Wyzga, Public Affairs Division, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 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?
- Project HOME facilitators;
- Teachers and educators trained in Project WILD; or
- Any teacher with a member of one of these programs on the project 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:
- The Well School (Peterborough) developed a pollinator garden and hedgerow community with native wildflowers and berry-producing shrubs to provide habitat for beneficial insects, butterflies and birds.
- The Symonds School (Keene) initiated a project called "Increasing Biodiversity at the Symonds School Playground." Native shrubs and trees, feeders and birdbaths provide food sources, water and shelter for wildlife, and an observation and study area for the students.
- The Elm Street Middle School (Nashua) planted a courtyard with species attractive to butterflies and birds, include butterfly larval food, nectar-producing and fruit-bearing perennials and shrubs, and added feeders and a birdbath to their habitat area.
- Greenfield Elementary School used their grant to expand earlier gardening efforts and provide habitat for birds by planting crabapples and a blueberry bush hedgerow.
- Prospect Mountain High School (Alton) created a "Wildlife at School" project within the ecology curriculum, to provide a feeding station including plantings to nourish and shelter birds.
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.
To find out more about resources for teachers available through the N.H. Fish and Game Department, click here.