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Purpose

The purpose of the FCD’s Education Grant Program is to help educators in Flathead County purchase equipment and/or supplies to support conservation education activities that focus on soil, water, forestry and/or fisheries.

Eligibility

The Education Grant Program is open to traditional and non-traditional educators of K-12 students in Flathead County who want to impart conservation values to their students.

Funding Requests and Priorities

Requests can be made for any amount, but funding is limited.  Funding decisions will be made by the FCD Board of Supervisors.  Priority will be given to applications that seek to purchase equipment or supplies for activities related to the conservation of soil, water, forestry and/or fisheries.  Large requests (over $1,000.00) that share costs with partner groups will be given priority over large requests that do not have financial partners.  Schools or organization that have not received an FCD education grant before will be given priority over those that have previously received funding.

Application Submission Requirements

Completed applications will be accepted from March 1- June 10, 2018.  Incomplete or illegible applications will not be considered.

Applicants are required to present their request at an FCD board meeting.  Meetings are held the 2nd  and 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M.  Call the FCD office at least one week prior to a meeting to be placed on an agenda.  Applicants that do not attend a meeting will not be considered.

Applicants will be contacted regarding the Board’s decision by September 1, 2018.

Reimbursement and Reporting

To receive reimbursement, the final report must be received by FCD by June 1, 2018. The final report form and instructions are available below. Please attach: 1) copies of receipts and/or invoices for all approved expenses, and 2) documentation showing how FCD was credited (e.g., news article, announcement, newsletter, or website post).

The reimbursement will be made payable to the school or organization listed on the application.  Goods or services procured prior to the grant approval date or over the approved amount are not reimbursable.

Application form

Final report form

Teacher Testimonials:

Claire Gutschenritter, Helena Flats Elementary School:
We discovered the Education Grant at a time when Helena Flats was eager to pursue  a vision to have an outdoor learning space for our students.  The Flathead Conservation District gave us the means to do this.  We now have a space for students to develop a relationship with the outside world while learning about it.  Whether it is analyzing soil samples or completing a cloud scavenger hunt, students savor the chance to be outside where they feel more alive and can come to appreciate and value the diversity of life.  This space is only the beginning of what we hope will perpetually  evolve as a dynamic learning environment. The Education Grant was as simple as it was generous.  We chose to involve our students in envisioning, writing, and presenting the project.  We are very grateful for their participation in our vision.”

Eric Sawtelle, Whitefish High School:
“Funding received from the Flathead Conservation District Education Grant program has been instrumental in the Whitefish High School FREEFLOW Club and GIS class field ecology projects.  Funds have been used for a diverse array of GIS mapping projects including – an examination of the effects of topography on snow pack and forest productivity in addition to soil and water quality studies. Garmin GPS units, Trimble Juno data loggers, soil probes and macronutrient test kits have been purchased from FCD education grant funds.”  

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