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Grant opportunity: Start a garden or wildlife habitat at your local school

By Marco Ornelas

If your program focuses on local beautification efforts or gardening and ecology, the Wild Ones Seeds for Education program has a creative way to fund your projects! Your program could be awarded up to $500 to start a garden or wildlife habitat for native plants and animals in your local school. This project is a great way to teach students of the wonders of gardening and ecology—important material often overlooked during in-class time.

The Seeds for Education grant is designed to be used for projects that tackle three essential criteria:

  1. Youth engagement in planning and doing (age-appropriate)
  2. Creation of an ecosystem community based on native plants
  3. Focus on hands-on educational activities

Grant Name: The Wild Ones Seeds for Education

Description: $500 cash award

Eligibility requirements: U.S. schools, nature centers, and other non-profit places of learning from preschool through high school, including houses of worship

Deadline: October 15, 2017

How to apply: Applicants must submit an application and cover letter to the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Fund. Application packages must include organization contact information, contact information for project coordinator, and a detailed project description including a budget proposal, proposed site description, educational use of area, and project preparation details. Applications may be submitted electronically.

Tip: Seeds for Education places a strong emphasis on hands-on learning and working to promote native habitat environments. Different criteria of habitats can be found on their website

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