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Marilyn Wyzga: (603) 271-3211
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
December 6, 2010

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Mini-grants are available to fund local projects that involve youth in enhancing habitat for wildlife.

WILDLIFE ACTION GRANTS AVAILABLE
Grant Application Deadline: February 15, 2011

CONCORD, N.H. -- Teachers and community members interested in involving youth to make a difference for wildlife through habitat projects on schoolyards, public areas or community lands can apply to the Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program for start-up funds. This New Hampshire Fish and Game Department program provides mini-grants of $300-$600. Habitat projects create spaces for outdoor learning, and can range from a butterfly garden to shrubs for birds to a pond for amphibians – your imagination is the limit.

To download a grant proposal packet, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Education/ed_project_HOME.htm or contact Marilyn Wyzga, Public Affairs Division, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. 03301; email marilyn.wyzga@wildlife.nh.gov; or call (603) 271-3211. The grant application deadline is February 15, 2011.

The Homes for Wildlife Action Grant Program is designed to support students, educators and community members in projects that create or enhance habitat for wildlife, and to provide inquiry-based, hands-on learning opportunities. The grant program is funded by the Conservation License Plate fund (moose plates), 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 teachers, educators, school staff and community members, especially those trained in Project WILD or Project HOME or who have a member of one of these programs on their project team.  Project HOME is an award-winning schoolyard habitat program coordinated by Fish and Game. Project WILD is a K-12, interdisciplinary program about wildlife and the environment.

"We're looking for youth-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 assembling a team of staff, students, community members and resource professionals."

Examples of past projects funded by Wildlife Action Grants include:

  • The Squam Lakes Association planted native New Hampshire plants for wildlife and put up nest boxes at their Resource Center.
  • Boy Scout Troop 207 of Berlin established native plants on their site to benefit birds and butterflies.
  • Waterville Valley Elementary School created a bird habitat on their school grounds, including plants, a bird bath and nest boxes.
  • Peter Woodbury School in Bedford installed a rain garden using native plants as part of their “Growing Inside…Out” renovation of the schoolyard.
  • Friends of Bicentennial Park worked with Winnacunnet High School students to benefit migrating monarch butterflies by planting milkweed and nectar plants for pollinators, as well as berry-producing shrubs.

Grant applications will be evaluated by Project HOME staff and biologists and educators from the N.H. Fish and Game Department. Grant recipients are required to evaluate the progress of their project within 6 months of the award. Recipients may apply for grants in subsequent years if additional funding is necessary, and also may apply for funds for new projects.

For more resources for teachers from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, visit www.wildnh.com/Education/for_teachers.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats. Visit online at www.wildnh.com.

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