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NH Schoolyard Action Grant Applications due January 30, 2017

Contact:
Mary Goodyear: (603) 271-6649
Hilary Chapman (NH Audubon): 603-224-9909 ext. 337

January 4, 2017

CONCORD, N.H. -- Are you an educator with a project in mind to involve students in enhancing the schoolyard for wildlife habitat, connect students with the outdoors, and integrate nature into student learning in line with the curricula? Grants from the New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants are now available for schools with students from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve to help fund such nature-based projects.

 

Schoolyard Action Grant applications are being accepted through January 30, 2017.  For more information and a grant application, please visit: www.nhaudubon.org/learn/schoolyard-habitat-exploration-grants.

 

The recently created New Hampshire Partnership for Schoolyard Action Grants includes the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office, N.H. Project Learning Tree, the N.H. Fish and Game Department, and New Hampshire Audubon.  The partnership was created to make it easier for school staff to apply for a grant to enhance the school yard.  Now, a common grant application works for all four of the partner organizations and greatly simplifies the application process.

 

Examples of projects that have been funded by the partner organizations in the past include the establishment of pollinator gardens, creation of outdoor learning areas, installing solar-powered bird baths and replanting of school grounds with native plants that enhance wildlife habitat.  Other types of projects eligible for support include trail or pond building, citizen science activities, and water or bird feeding stations.

 

Projects or items not eligible for funding include vegetable gardens, staff time, field trips, school grounds landscaping, or purchase of educational supplies unless directly related to the project.

 

Both student and community involvement in planning and on-site work is strongly encouraged.  Professional consultation is available for project planning.


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