Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

Grant Resources

ING Unsung Heroes Awards
The ING Unsung Heroes program helps K-12 educators and their schools fund innovative classroom projects. At least one award will be granted in each of the fifty states, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. The deadline for applications is in late April.

Write On! Wetlands Challenge
This competition, celebrating American Wetlands Month in May, challenges students to create a book written and illustrated by kids for kids. Hosted by Environmental Concern Inc, the contest asks students in grades 6-8 to write a children’s book with a wetland theme. The winning entry will be illustrated by students in grades k-5 and published by Environmental Concern Inc. The theme in 2009 is The Case of the Wetland Mysteries! All entries must be in the form of a mystery story. The deadline for entry is in early March.

Earth Partnership for Schools
The Earth Partnership Program, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, focuses on ecological restoration as a way of establishing a positive relationship between people and the land. The program assists teachers in establishing restoration projects on school sites and providing the tools for building a curriculum that incorporates restoration into almost any subject area. The program includes a two-week institute in the summer and ongoing support from UW-Madison Arboretum staff to help schools with restoration planning and curriculum development. Check out the resources under Tools for Teachers.

International Paper Foundation
The Foundation primarily supports environmental education, literacy and critical community needs. Most environmental education funds are offered to programs that address air and water quality, involve outdoor activities and forestry education, and are focused on young children.

Environmental Protection Agency
The EPA’s Environmental Education Division, Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education, offers funds to projects that build public awareness and the ability to make informed decisions affecting environmental quality. Applications are due in mid-December.

National Environmental Education Foundation
The Student Conservation Association awards financial prizes to high schools where students have designed service projects that improve, restore, beautify or conserve their high school environment. The application deadline is in early October.