UPEC Environmental Education Grants

 

Applications being accepted through March 1, 2021

 

Are you a teacher with a great idea for getting your students interested in the environment? We invite you to make your idea a reality through our Environmental Education Grant program.

For over 15 years, UPEC’s Board has approved grants of up to $500 to support educator-promoted environmental projects within schools or other educational organizations. In 2021, grant applications are due on March 1.

UPEC believes this grant series is especially important because schools are strapped for dollars to do innovative environmental education programs.

For 2021, applicants may propose either an in-person project with a virtual component, or an all-virtual project.

In 2020, UPEC funded these programs:

  • The Dickinson Conservation District for the Shark Tank Sustainability program, in which students compete to develop the best project in areas such as managing invasive species or improving water quality.

  • The Ontonagon Conservation District for its Educational Outreach Brochures project. The brochures provide basic information about the District and its activities. Michigan Tech’s Center for Science & Environmental Education for Earth Day: Celebrating 50 Years of Stewardship, a week-long program with a wide range of stewardship activities for kids.

  • Gwinn Middle School for its Salmon Release Field Trip. Students care for eggs and help raise hatchlings before the fish are released into the wild.

  • Aspen Ridge Middle School for its student-initiated West End Trails project. The young conservationists will use the money to upgrade the school’s trail system and make it more accessible.

  • MSU Extension for its ongoing Life of Lake Superior project, a holistic effort to encourage environmental awareness and more sustainable lifestyle choices.

  • Superior Hills Elementary School for its Superior Hills Outdoor Learning Spaces project, which includes a natural playground.

Applications for the 2021 round of grants are due March 1, 2021.

Environmental Education Grant FAQs

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE? Educators in Upper Peninsula schools, public or private, or other groups and institutions wanting to create or enhance an environmental education program or support an ongoing activity.

  • Grants will be funded to provide financial assistance to quality environmental education programs and/or ongoing projects in need of support. We welcome proposals that provide hands-on experiences for young people in outdoor settings.

  • Special consideration will be given to fund at least one grant that uses the arts (visual arts, dance, or music) to advocate for environmental protection. This grant award is made from a gift to UPEC in memory of the late Bonnie Miljour. 

  • 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.

  • COVID-19: UPEC supports pandemic safety measures, and we require all grant applicants to abide by whatever safety directives are in place at the time the project is carried out.  If you have questions on any matter related to the pandemic and our grant program, get in touch with us.

  • HOW MUCH? Depending upon the quality of the application as evaluated by the UPEC board, grants of 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? Applications are due March 1, 2021.  Selections will be made by the end of March.

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