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UPEC Environmental Education Grants

Applications Due January 5, 2015

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UPEC 2015 Ed Fund Grant App


Mini-Grant FAQs

WHO? K-12 educators in Upper Peninsula schools, public or private, or other groups and institutions wanting to create or enhance an environmental program or ongoing activity.

WHY? Grants will be funded to provide financial assistance in providing quality environmental education programs and/or ongoing projects in need of support. Special consideration will be to fund at least one grant, among those funded, that advocates for the environment through the arts, which will be broadly interpreted to include art, dance or music; this arts grant award is in memory of a donor, the late Bonnie Sermak. We also welcome proposals that would provide hands-on experiences for young people in outdoor settings.

WHAT? Grant may not be used for salaries, but all other expenses (for example, transportation, meals, supplies, honoraria) are acceptable. Grant recipients will be required to present a final report that includes an accounting of funds expended and outcomes achieved upon completion of the program. Reports may be published in the UPEC newsletter and may be edited.

HOW MUCH? Depending upon the quality of the application as evaluated by the UPEC board, monetary awards up to $500 each will be made for projects completed over the next 12-month period. We welcome new proposals and seek to help new projects receive funding.

WHEN Do I need to Apply? By January 5, 2015

HOW Do I Apply?

Please e-mail completed applications to us at:  upec@upenvironment.org   

or send a hard copy to:

UPEC, P.O. Box 673, Houghton, MI 49931
If postmarked on January 3, 4, or 5, please email us so we know to expect your application.


Since 2003, Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) Board has approved funding for annual special non-endowed designated mini grants. The funds represent a deepened commitment to environmental education and to land acquisition activities in the Upper Peninsula. The Environmental Education Fund is designed to provide small grants each year to educator-promoted environmental projects within K-12 schools (public or private) in the Upper Peninsula. The initial funding level was $1000, this amount has been augmented by fund-raising and through member contributions directly into this fund. Karen Bakula, UPEC Board member at the time, and science educator from Marquette, played a key role in helping set up this fund. “With cutbacks in state and local funding for schools,” she said, “this UPEC fund can play a modest role in supporting the projects of U.P. science teachers. Even small amounts can make the difference between ‘go’ and ‘no go’ when you are on a shoestring budget.”

Nice news article about the UPEC mini grants here.

For more information contact David Clanaugh at: upec@upenvironment.org   

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