2019-2020 LEEC EDUCATOR GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC)

Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)

 

Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST

Grants that are funded are based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and impact Louisiana teachers and students.

Maximum award: $1000 for 1 teacher or $2000 for a team

GUIDELINES:

  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in Louisiana are eligible to apply on behalf of their school.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the applicant’s school/school system and the school/school system receives the award payment. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the school, the school must notify the LEEC grants coordinator and then satisfactorily demonstrate to the LEEC grants committee the ability to continue the project or the grant will cease.   
  • Funding requests are not to exceed $1,000.00. Two or more teachers from the same school may apply jointly for a total amount not to exceed $2,000.00.
  • Funds are provided on a reimbursement basis only, pending submittal and acceptance of required reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, photos, and support documentation.
  • All monies must be spent on materials and/or equipment directly related to the purpose of the project. Travel, furniture, acquisition of real property, lobbying, indirect costs, registration fees, clothing, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the LEEC Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact student learning. Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by a teacher and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in students.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to school guidelines and related regulations.
  • Recipients, by law, will receive Tax form 1099 declaring receipt of these funds, unless the application is made through an agency, university, or foundation.
  • An individual may not submit more than one application.
  • LEEC members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF website, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2020 or 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education State Symposium to showcase their project and network with colleagues and state resource providers. Registration fees and lodging assistance may be provided to those whose presenter proposals are accepted.
  • Announcement of awardees will be made no later than April 1, 2019. Awardees will be notified by mail and/or email.  
  • Project start date is July 1, 2019 and grants are to be implemented during the 2019-2020 academic school year. Purchases made prior to July 1st will not be reimbursed.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed, funds spent and the final report submitted by May 1, 2020.
  • Instructions for submitting mid-year and final reports will be emailed prior to the deadlines. Timely reports, copies of receipts, expenditure spreadsheet, project photos and support documentation are required for reimbursement of expenses. Examples of support documentation include examples of student work, videos, lesson plans, etc.
  • Failure to comply with these guidelines may result in lack of reimbursement and/or disqualify the applicant from any future grants with the LEEC.

IMPORTANT!!! Applications are anonymous and competitive. Identifying information, such as the name(s) of the applicant(s), school, county/parish, or state, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.

EDUCATOR GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 735-8680.