The Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program applications are due October 15th so if you’re a non-profit organization that is planning to develop an outdoor learning center using native plants and you’re looking for funding, consider applying for this grant. Funds can only be used for plants and seeds, but we’ll develop a Nursery Partner to help you with not only advice, but to also provide seeds and plants at a discount. Grant applications due October 15th.
If you are a teacher, a project coordinator or a student grant writer, you may want to check out these helpful hints from our SFE blog.
Here are more important checks before submitting an SFE grant application:
Student participation is essential
A fundamental focus of our program is to encourage hands-on learning through active engagement of students in all phases of the project. Projects conceived by adults, and those that use children only as manual labor (rather than as co-creators of a vision and its realization) will not receive grant awards.
It can be useful to review Dr. Roger Hart’s ‘Ladder of Participation’ to stimulate your thinking about how your project can engage students throughout the project. This page, from Cornell University, is a great starting point if you are first encountering this concept.
Bring the students’ voices to the application
Keep in mind that, in the SFE grant application, we prefer the authentic voices of the students who are visualizing and planning the project. We focus on grass-roots projects and grant awards under $500. While professional grant writers may be helpful for applications to other funding sources, they unlikely to improve an applicant’s chances for funding by the SFE grant program.
The Wild Ones Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program applications are due October 15th so if you’re a non-profit organization that is planning to develop an outdoor learning center using native plants and you’re looking for funding, consider applying for this grant. Funds can only be used for plants and seeds, but we’ll develop a Nursery Partner to help you with not only advice, but to also provide seeds and plants at a discount.
Would you like to
- Attract songbirds and butterflies to your schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses.
- Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science.
- Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management; enhance sustainability and green-school certification.
Teachers and students across the US are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with butterfly gardens, nature trails, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.
By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills – including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.
We offer assistance for all aspects of such projects. Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information specific to your area – anywhere in the US. In the past decade, we’ve supported over a thousand such projects, and we can use this experience to help you.
Applications for awards for next year are due October 15th. Please contact us if you have any questions.
I have an idea or have already started a project – do I qualify for funding?
I like these ideas – how do I start a project?
I have a project started, but am having some problems – where can I get help?
Electronic Applications for SFE Grant Awards
Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15th of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15th of the grant year.
Please read the cover letter and instructions (pdf) and double-check before sending the SFE Grant Application.
Click here to download the SFE-Application (pdf). This is a PDF fill-in form that you can complete off-line and return by email. Save the form to your computer, then fill it out. Do not use a tablet or smart phone.
Note: do not use the preview mode available on some browsers. You must use Adobe Reader to fill-in this form. We apologize for our limited technology.
Once your project has been judged favorably and awarded a SFE grant, you will be expected to complete a progress report by February 15th of the year following the grant award. To download a copy of the report, click here SFE Progress Report.