BirdSleuth School Garden Grant
School gardens provide the context for lessons across subjects and offer a wonderful opportunity to engage students in hands-on, project-based learning. Students who engage in school gardening are likely to experience academic, physical, emotional, social, and even behavioral benefits. We are seeking 10 dedicated teachers within the United States who strive to bring STEM and healthy living from the garden to the classroom. These teachers will receive a $500-$2,000 grant, gardening supplies, and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit thanks to our sponsor Alaska Fertilizer. Funds may be used to support the building or revitalization of school gardens. In addition to food gardens, preference will be given to bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects.
Application Process & Eligibility
The application is open to all K-12 schools, public and private, within the United States. Homeschool families and informal education settings such as nature centers and museums are not eligible. The online application process opens August 29, 2016 and will close October 3, 2016 at 11:59pm ET. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Grant Application Questions
For those of you looking to prepare for the application, below are the questions. Review our Spring 2016 Garden Grant Winners for inspiration!
Please tell us what you’d like to do to support the building or revitalization of your school garden. Describe in detail what you’d like to accomplish.
Where is/will the garden be located? When do you anticipate beginning your project and over what time frame do you think you will implement it?
Who will participate in the construction of your garden? Who will have access to the garden upon completion?
How do you plan to integrate gardening for birds or habitat creation/improvements? Please give us some details about your plans.
What learning/educational outcomes do you hope for?
How much funding are you requesting and how will you use the funding (plants, supplies, curriculum, seed, professional development, etc.)? Your chances of receiving an award will be higher if you are specific with your budget. Grants range $500-$2,000. You may not receive the amount you request. Grants will be based on need and impact.
Grant Details & Timeline
Each school selected will receive a BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit, gardening supplies from Alaska Fertilizer, and $500-$2,000 depending on the school’s needs and overall funding requests.
- Application window: August 29-October 3, 2016.
- All winners notified by October 21, 2016.
- BirdSleuth Habitat Connections kit will be sent to winners immediately.
- Selected winners must attend a 1.5 hour online training either November 2 at 7pm ET or November 3 at 8pm ET. After the training, 75% of the allocated funds will be provided.
- Between November and June, the winning schools must implement their proposed garden plan and the kit lessons.
- A final report is required no later than July 1, 2017 from each school. This final report will consist of a brief survey and sharing the school’s progress on the BirdSleuth Action Map. Upon submission of the final report, each school will receive the remaining 25% of the funds to support continuation of the project.
Alaska Fertilizer produces fish emulsion fertilizers, made from by-products of the fishing industry. High in organic matter, these fertilizers make use of otherwise wasted nutrients. These fertilizers are useful on all types of plants, easy to use, difficult to over-apply, harmless, and organic – making them ideal for school use!