2019-2020 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT GUIDELINES

2019-2020 LEEC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 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 must be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana.

Maximum award: $2,500.00

GUIDELINES:

  • Any local education, state, or environmental agency, college, university, or nonprofit organization as described in Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is eligible to apply. This Professional Development grant is made available to all educators who impact teacher education.
  • While the grant is awarded in care of the applicant/Project Leader, the actual contract must be made with the affiliate organization. In the event that the Project Leader leaves the organization, the organization 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 $2,500.00.
  • 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 of instruction directly related to the purpose of the project, facility rental, registrations, and/or stipends to participants not to exceed $15 per contact hour. Travel, furniture, indirect costs, food, and salaries will not be funded. Development or writing of instructional materials 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 pre-service and/or in-service educators in Louisiana. Funded projects are those that involve a series of learning experiences facilitated by an educator and that demonstrate an increase of understanding in participants.
  • Examples of fundable proposals include:
  • Providing environmental learning experiences that are standards-based, correlated to the Louisiana Student Standards, and include lesson plans or other resources that help ensure implementation of strategies.
  • Presenting workshops to other non-formal educators or pre/in-service teachers that illustrate how existing environmental education curricula can be presented in standards-based, environmental science as inquiry formats.
  • Significant in-kind services, cost-share OR matching funds (minimum of 50% match of requested funds) must be shown. For example, in delivering a two-day facilitators training workshop, the participants may pay a registration fee to cover meals, the project personnel may use their time spent preparing, presenting and traveling as a match, and if the facilities, meals or materials are donated, these too may be considered a match. A letter(s) of support from the source(s) must accompany this proposal pledging the in-kind or matching funds.
  • It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to adhere to organization guidelines and 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/organization may not submit more than one Professional Development Grant application.
  • LEEC Members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • LEEC/LDWF reserves the right to use 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 June 1, 2019. Purchases made prior to June 1st will not be reimbursed.
  • Grant recipients will be required to submit a mid-year report and a final report. All projects must be completed 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. Support documentation includes agenda, sign-in sheet, and any handouts provided.
  • 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.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT APPLICATION

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