Private Funder: Save-the-Redwoods League; Opportunity: 2016 Education Grants Program (http://tinyurl.com/zwrnodc); Funding Focus: Environment; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Schools and nonprofits; Funding: Up to $5,000 each; Deadline: TBD (the next round of grants is to open in May with an anticipated summer deadline).
Summary: The League funds redwood forest protection and education. Education topics include redwood forest characteristics, redwood ecology, associated watersheds, redwood forest-dependent species, and redwood forest stewardship. Participants may choose to focus their projects on the coast redwood, giant sequoia, or dawn redwood.
The Education Grants Program funds projects that:
- Provide engaging, firsthand experiences of redwood forests for children and/or adults using traditional (field trips, park interpretive programs, service projects) and nontraditional approaches (after-school programs, family programs, parenting workshops).
- Encourage classroom teachers to teach about redwoods as a topic and use the redwood forest as a laboratory to master state content standards through curriculum development or continuing education opportunities.
- Foster the sharing of redwood resources (curricula, activities, trail kits) and the replication of redwood education programs with proven track records.
The League is particularly interested in funding citizen science projects, including those projects implemented by K-12 students.