Nature Calgary provides grants to Calgary schools for nature-related trips. The Nature Calgary Education Grant funds projects in Calgary schools to appreciate, observe, study and respect nature in the Calgary area.
Nature Calgary Education Grant
Nature Calgary’s Education Grant program is in its fourth year of funding to support schools in the City of Calgary that require financial aid for a project that teaches students to appreciate, observe, study and respect nature and the outdoors in Calgary and area.
Applications are accepted throughout the year and schools can apply for the funding once per school year. See below for application requirements.
Nature Calgary thanks the Edmonton Community Foundation for their generous donations to our Education Grant program.
Apply for the Nature Calgary Education Grant
Nature Calgary Education Grant – 2019-2020 will not be available until September 2020. Fund amounts at that time may be reduced.
Objectives of the Education Grant
The Nature Calgary Education Grant was created to encouraging the appreciation, observation, study, conservation and protection of all components of the natural world. Here are the objectives of the grant:
- To support schools who need funding for programs that involve students in a natural surrounding.
- To give students the opportunity to appreciate nature and all it has to offer.
- To develop in students an understanding that everything in nature is connected and that it is important to protect the natural environment and become an environmental steward.
This grant supports schools in the City of Calgary who would like to receive financial aid for field trips outside the school grounds that teach students to appreciate, observe, study and respect nature and the outdoors in Calgary and area.
Any elementary, middle or junior high school in Calgary that needs extra funding to support field trips involved in exploring the natural environment. One grant per school per school year.
Areas eligible for receiving the grant
This grant is to be used for giving Calgary students, who may not otherwise have the opportunity, a chance to experience nature and the outdoors in Calgary and surrounding area (field trips to natural settings, outdoor programs, nature programs out of the school etc.)
Amount and duration of funding
A school can apply for the funding once in a school year. The funding must be used in the time frame stated in the grant application. The maximum amount per application will be $1000.00.
How to apply
Fill in the Application Form – Save the application “Your School Name_Month_Year” and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have the application form filled in completely. If there are questions prior to submitting the application form, contact us with your query. Nature Calgary Education Grant – 2019-2020 will not be available until September 2020. Fund amounts at that time may be reduced.
Grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- The funds must be used for the proposed activity and expenses in the application.
- Grant funds may not be used to support remuneration, honorariums or salaries for the person applying for the grant.
- The funds will be given to the school if the application is approved by the Grant Committee.
- The application should include a complete list of all items or expenses to be incurred.
- The school must send a short report (200 words or less) to the Nature Calgary Grant Committee indicating what the students did or learned on the field trip. If the report is not received within the allotted time, Nature Calgary may ask for the funding to be returned and the school will not be eligible for funding the following year. This report is due one month following the conclusion of the activity.
- The report must also include the actual costs incurred compared to the original approved budget.
- If the funding is not used, then it is to be returned to Nature Calgary.
Project Budget – Use of Funding
In the application, indicate what the funds will be used for – the amounts can be estimates and following the activity, the actual amounts spent are to be sent in with the report.
Do not submit receipts with the report. The school must retain the receipts for a period of 15 months (from the time of the approval of the application), and if they are requested by Nature Calgary, then they are to be submitted.
The following can be included in the budget – equipment that may be needed to support the activity, buses, program fees, etc. If unsure if your needs meet the criteria, email the contact above.
The Nature Calgary Education Grant Committee meets periodically to assess the grants applications submitted. The Nature Calgary Grant Committee will email the school to let them know whether they have received the funding or not, within one month of the application being submitted.
Applications will be accepted throughout the year – once an application is submitted the committee will evaluate the submission and the school will be notified within one month. If the application is submitted in June for the following year, the school will be notified in early September. The application must be for the school the teacher will be teaching at in the fall.
Application Form – Save the application “Your School Name_Month_Year”
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