Thanks to the US Environmental Protection Agency for funding Teaching Science outdoors 2016-2017. As part of the funding we are able to provide mini-grants to participating school districts.
Congratulations to these grant awardees:
Comstock Public Schools
Gull Lake Community Schools
Lakeview Community Schools
Whitehall Community Schools
Applying for a grant:
- Please talk with your administrator, review and submit a letter of intent to participate. Details and a sample letter: 2016-17-letter-of-intent_administrator.pdf.
- Put together your grant proposal and submit. Click here for details on the Schoolyard Improvement Grants.
Receiving your grant:
On May 5, 2017 you should have received and email from Kara Haas with a contract attached. Please sign and return the contract with an Invoice from your district (typically on school letterhead) with this suggested text:
Michigan State University
Kellogg Biological Station
c/o Kara Haas
3700 East Gull Lake Dr.
Hickory Corners, MI 49060
First payment on Schoolyard Improvement Mini-grant for $fill in per your district’s contract
Grants awarded May 1, 2017
May-September – grants funds are spent
Final report submitted by Oct. 31, 2017 (earlier if possible!)
- How will the grant be awarded? The grant will be awarded in two parts, most of the grant will be given up front and a final $300 payment will be sent to the school upon receipt of your final report and invoice.
- What if our project costs less than our original budget? Please plan to spend all of your grant and if something costs less, consider buying a few more of that item or purchasing an additional book, equipment or resource that will be helpful to the implementation and use of your project.
- What if we are not able to spend the money? In the event the deliverable is not met according to Recipient’s proposal or final report is not accepted, funds paid to Recipient shall be returned to MSU no later than November 30, 2017. But please talk with Kara if you have any concerns or if your project needs to go a different direction (ex. If your school is undergoing renovations and new ideas need to be considered!)
- What does the final report look like?
Take pictures or videos! We’d like you to do a written report and a presentation.
A written report, with photos, should explain how the funds were used. Two page maximum (not including pictures). The written report will be due via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Oct. 31, 2017 (earlier if possible). Please include an invoice from your financial office for the $300 final payment for your school’s Schoolyard Improvement Grant.
To be included in the final written report:
- What did you do and how did you spend the grant?
- Who was involved? How were they involved? (ex. Partner organizations, parents, students, local businesses, etc.)
- How has the project been received? What do students, teachers, parents think?
- What are the impacts of this project on students? Other impacts?
The presentation will happen at a 2017-18 KBS K-12 Partnership Workshop (Summer, Fall or Spring). The audience will be fellow teachers and MSU faculty and students in the KBS K-12 Partnership program.
These grants are made possible through an Environmental Education grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.