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Forest & Natural Resource Grant Programs for Michigan Educators 

Capt. Planet Grant Program
Tel: (404) 827-4130 
Amount: $250 - $2,500 
Proposals reviewed quarterly. Allow 3 months for processing before final decisions made. Submit all applications via email. Projects must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, and involve K-12 youth.

Great Lakes Protection Fund 
Deadline:   any time; awarded quarterly (March, June, Sept., Dec.)
Funds projects that lead to tangible improvements in the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem, promote the interdependence of healthy ecological and economic systems, and are innovative, creative, and venturesome. 

Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Fund 
Amount:  $500-$3,500 
Deadline:  March 31, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2001
Funds grassroots citizen initiatives working to protect and restore Great Lakes shorelines, inland lakes, rivers, wetlands, and other aquatic habitats in the Great Lakes Basin.

Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources 

1)Arbor Day Mini Grants:
Schools and municipalities are eligible for the MDNR, Urban and Community Forestry Program, Arbor Day Mini-grants of up to $200. The grants may be used for planting trees on school grounds, staging Arbor Day celebrations, or purchasing forestry-related materials for school libraries. Applicants may request up to $200, but the amount requested must be “matched” with an equal amount of other funding and/or equivalent staff time (paid or volunteer). Applications must be postmarked by November 30, 2001.

For an Arbor Day Mini grant application, or for more information Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources 

2) Natural Heritage Grants Program: 
Deadline: Dec. 1 of each year for funding in next field season.
Funds projects in environmental interpretation, restoration, research and education.

3) Nest Mini Grants: 
Deadline: Jan 2002
Funds habitat enhancement projects.

4) Urban & Community Forestry Program: 
Deadline: July, 2001 
Amount: up to $20,000 
Funds projects in forest interpretation, restoration, research and education.

Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality 

1) Volunteer Stream Monitoring Grant
Deadline: April 6, 2001 - submitted
Provides up to $5,000 for watershed and stream monitoring projects led by citizens.

2) Volunteer Stream Cleanup Grant: May 2002
Provides grants for stream clean-up efforts.

Stories in the Land Teaching Fellowships
Deadline: June 1, 2001;  Amount: $1,000
The Orion Society funds projects initiated by educators working with K-12 students to enhance land stewardship through field trips, educational resources, and other special projects. 

Upper Peninsula Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund
Amount: up to $1,000 
Due: April 1 and November 1
Grants to non-profits in Upper Peninsula for research, youth, education, training, and wildlife habitat improvement projects related to the sustainability of Upper Peninsula (of Michigan) forests and wildlife. 

For more information, contact: 

 c/o Dr. Michael Allkins
Bay de Noc Community College
2001 No. Lincoln Rd.
Escanaba, MI 49829
Tel: (906) 786-5802, ext. 1133 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Education Grant: 
or Enviroed
Deadline: November ’01 deadline. 
Amount:  up to $5,000 
Funds environmental education and training projects.

Youth Garden Grants: 
Tel: 800-538-7476, ext. 205
Or Email: info@kidsgardening.com
Deadline: November 1, 2001. 

The National Gardening Association awards 400 Youth Garden Grants to schools, neighborhood groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational programs throughout the United States. Each grant consists of an assortment of quality tools, seeds, and garden products generously contributed by leading companies from the lawn and garden industry. To be eligible, groups must plan to garden in 2002 with at least 15 children between the ages of three and 18 years. Selection of winners will be based on demonstration of a child-centered plan that emphasizes children directly learning and working in an outdoor garden. Selection criteria include leadership, need, sustainability, community support, innovation and educational, environmental and/or social programming.