2019-2020 LEEC/LDOE GREEN SCHOOLS GRANT GUIDELINES

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)
Under the Direction of Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF)
Application Deadline: Friday, February 22, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST
The LEEC, in collaboration with the LDOE, is offering this grant to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.
 
Open to accredited Pre-K-12 schools in Louisiana
Maximum award: $5000

GUIDELINES:

  • School administrators or fulltime classroom teachers in accredited public or non-public schools (Pre-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 $5,000.00.
  • 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, and/or food items will not be funded.
  • Changes in project scope or budget must be pre-approved through the Green Schools Coordinator.
  • Grants must be based on sound scientific principles, have a school sustainability 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.
  • Proposals must satisfy EPA’s definition of Environmental Education (EE): EE increases public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provides the skills necessary to make informed environmental decisions and to take responsible actions. EE is based on objective and scientifically-sound information, and does not advocate a particular viewpoint or a course of action. EE teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and enhances their own problem solving and decision making skills on environmental topics.
  • 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.
  • A school may not submit more than one LEEC Green Schools application.
  • LEEC Members and/or member organizations as defined in R.S. 30:2503 may not apply.
  • The LEEC/LDWF/LDOE reserves the right to use the funded projects and photos provided for public information services that may include the LEEC/LDWF/LDOE websites, printed materials, and other means.
  • Awarded applicants will be encouraged to attend the 2020 or 2021 Louisiana Environmental Education 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 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. 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, or parish, should appear only where indicated. Mention of identifying information in the body of the PROPOSAL will disqualify the application.
 
GREEN SCHOOLS GRANT APPLICATION

Questions? Contact Brian Gautreau, Green Schools Coordinator, at (225) 765-2864 or bgautreau@wlf.la.gov.