Schoolyard Habitat Mini-grants
Schoolyard Habitat Improvement Grants
- 2012 Application Form
- Example of Funded Project Proposal - Richmond Elementary School
- Richmond Elementary School Mini-grant Report
- Union Elementary School Mini-grant Report
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of projects are most likely to get funded?
A: Four Winds is most interested in making it easier and more rewarding for teachers and Four Winds volunteers to take children outdoors to learn about the natural world. Some great projects are those that enhance the schoolyard habitat by adding native plants and trees to attract birds, butterflies, or pollinators; building nature trails; or providing access to water (ponds or streams). Student involvement and community participation strengthen the proposal.
Q: Are there things for which we should not ask for funding?
A: Computer equipment (hardware and software), salaries, and travel are not eligible for funding.
Q: Our school would like to put in a vegetable garden. Could we use one of these grants for that?
A: Usually not. A vegetable garden is primarily for vegetables, and insects and other plant-eaters are discouraged. Nature study is better done in a patch of un-mown grasses and native flowering plants (\"weeds\" to some), where insects and other critters can all do what they do best. There are other funding sources available for making schoolyard gardens.
Q: What do you mean by an “itemized budget”?
A: Just explain what you will do with the money. We understand that often these are estimates, and that’s OK, but we want to know that your project can be completed with the money we provide, or that you have a plan for raising the rest of the money to get the project done.
Q: Our fourth grade studies weather. Can we use a Four Winds grant to get a weather station?
A: We have funded weather stations in the past, but only when they were linked more broadly to the curricula of multiple grades. For example, that may be done by relating weather to stream studies or to plant and animal observations.
Q: Why does my principal have to add a statement?
A: We need to know that the school is in support of your project. A strong message of support from the principal assures us that the teachers and staff are behind your efforts.
Q: We want to build an “outdoor classroom.” Is that OK?
A: Children usually don’t need an elaborate classroom space outside. Keep it simple. A circle of logs or simple benches works fine.
Q: Who can I talk to if I have more questions about my project or application?
A: You can call Rob Anderegg (802 457-8148), or ask your Four Winds trainer, who may be more familiar with your school grounds.