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1 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. LTS: Environmental Grants Informational Webinar

2 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. PowerPoint Topics Overview of grant Review of service-learning Project examples Overview of application Grant writing & Budget guidance Additional grant resources

3 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. The LTS: Environmental Grant Program is in its 3 rd year of funding Provided through funding from CSX Middle School, High School & Collegiate FFA chapters are eligible to apply Alumni chapters can serve as the fiscal agent and help a chapter write a grant. However, they cannot be the official applicant. Overview

4 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Due May 30 May apply for up to $2,000 Supports year-long service-learning projects related to environmental issues Can be used to support a current project, as long as it meets the guidelines Overview

5 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Members utilize knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to meet a community need – hands on learning Occur over the course of a year Engages youth in all stages of the project Creates reciprocal partnerships What is Service-Learning?

6 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Wildlife conservation – Develop habitats to increase animal populations Land preservation – Watershed rehabilitation Environmental education and stewardship – Water monitoring and improvement Recycling and composting – Create a school, district, or community-wide recycling and/or composting program Project Examples

7 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Garden or other food production grants – Projects focused on environmental issues related to gardens, such as rain collection and composting, will be accepted General landscaping or beautification grants will not be accepted Non-allowable Projects

8 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Outlines a feasible project to run from August 2014 through June 2015 Provides service to the community, not just for the FFA members Includes educational outreach to the community to aid in sustainability Demonstrates impact Involves FFA members at all stages Successful Application & Project

9 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Applications Process

10 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Applications Process

11 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Page 1 – Grant Info Page 2 - Chapter Information Page 3 - Project Narratives o Recommend completing the narratives in a Word document and then copy and pasting into the corresponding answer field. Page 4 – Timeline & Budget Application Overview

12 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Project Description–an overview of the project Overview of how your chapter plans to meet an environmental need in your community. Should clearly summarize information from each of the application sections Minimum 200 words Suggest writing last because it is an overview of entire project Grant Writing Guidance

13 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Environmental Need Provide a short description of the environmental need in your community that you will address Include statistics to support need - Wikipedia, Natural Resources Defense Council, local or state Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Dept. Of Environmental Management, local papers, etc. Minimum 50 words Community Partners Describe potential community partners and their roles in the project Grant Writing Guidance

14 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Educational Outreach Describe the educational outreach that your chapter will include as part of this project. Educational outreach ensures that chapters are not just “giving a man a fish,” but also “teaching a man to fish.” Include the type of outreach, topics that will be covered, the frequency of outreach and potential audience. Minimum 50 words Example: Our chapter will host four workshops on recycling over the grant period. Three workshops will be hosted for elementary students and one workshop will be held for middle school students. We will teach the students what recycling is and how they can participate. All workshops will be held at the participating schools. Grant Writing Guidance

15 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Measurable Outcomes Required to have o 1 Educational Outreach Outcome o 1 Project Outcome Chapters may also include up to 2 additional outcomes for a total of 4 Need to measure impact on community Outcomes need to MATCH information from Narratives! Grant Writing Guidance

16 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Educational Outreach Outcome Step 1 - Choose the educational outcome that best fits your projects outreach efforts. # of workshops/events/forums conducted and # of workshop attendees # of informational materials distributed to community (i.e. flyers, brochures etc.) # of participants who utilize new skills at home (i.e. composting) Grant Writing Guidance

17 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Ed. Outreach Outcome Additional Information Step 2 - Provide information on the chosen outcome Target audience (choose ALL that apply) Educational outreach topic(s) Anticipated numerical goal(s) Evaluation Tool Example - # of workshops/events/forums/conducted and # of workshop attendees Elementary students Composting workshops, 70 total participants Agendas and sign-in sheets will be created for each workshop Grant Writing Guidance

18 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Project Outcome This outcome must measure the project's impact on the greater community. Ensure that the outcome is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound). In addition, detail how the outcome will be measured. Example: Project Measurable Outcome: Build 6 new osprey nests to be placed throughout the coast by the end of the school year. Project Outcome Evaluation Tool(s): Photograph building process and create map with GPS locations of new maps. Grant Writing Guidance

19 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Additional Outcomes (optional) Chapter's may choose to write up to 2 additional outcomes. These outcomes must also measure the project's impact on the greater community. Ensure that the outcomes are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time bound). In addition, detail how the outcomes will be measured. Example: Clear evasive species plant from 2 acres of land by June Tool: Students will map pre and post coverage of evasive plant. Grant Writing Guidance

20 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Timeline Detailed monthly timeline of activities August 2014 through June 2015 Include information on activities related to: o major learning or service days o marketing o educational outreach o meeting measurable outcomes Include information on major purchases in budget Grant Writing Guidance

21 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. August Receive grant funds and begin project Students will create educational signage for around school and community September Recycling containers will be purchased Students will contact local media with project information Waste Management County agents will make visits to classes and discuss how to properly handle recyclable materials October Distribute recycling containers around schools Co-share an educational booth on paper bins and general recycle information during the county fair Students will post project updates to Blog and Facebook FFA members will collect and weigh materials put in the recycling bins Meet with city to plan first electronic waste recycling event Timeline Example

22 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Download budget worksheet from application website (Excel Doc) Complete the budget worksheet and "save as" to your desktop. Ask one of your members for help if needed Name the document StateInitials_ChapterName_Budget Example: IN_SmithvilleFFA_Budget Upload the budget worksheet to the upload field. Budget Form Instructions

23 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Nonexpendable Equipment Costs - Items having a useful life of more than one year. Examples include small tools, camera, tiller, etc. *Item Name, Description of Use, Quantity, Unit Cost, Total Materials and Supplies - Expendable items having a useful life up to one year. Examples include educational outreach materials, water testing kits, etc. *Item Name, Description of Use, Quantity, Unit Cost, Total Marketing and Communication - Any materials used for advertising or publicizing the project. Examples include brochures, flyers, etc. *Item Name, Description of Use, Quantity, Unit Cost, Total Travel - Costs to travel to sites related to project outcomes. Examples include travel to service sites, presentations, etc. *Destination, Reason for Trip, # of Miles, Cost Per Mile, Total Miscellaneous - Any other anticipated costs that are not included above. Examples include, equipment rental, substitute teacher pay, etc. *Item Name, Description of Use, Quantity, Unit Cost, Total Budget Guidance

24 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Maximum amount that can be requested is $2,000 Fill in information at top of worksheet (State, Chapter Name, Advisor Name) Be specific and quantifiable for line items Ensure that items listed in your budget are discussed in your grant narratives No one item with a unit price over $1,000 is allowed o Non-Allowable Example: 1 Compost $1,100 o Allowable Example: 24 recycle $50 = $1,200 (total is over $1,000, but unit cost is under) Budget Guidance

25 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Round Unit Costs/Quantity to reach whole numbers o In the case of mileage - find a close # of miles that gives you a whole number o If there will be tax to purchase items, include it in the unit cost. However, still be sure to make the unit cost a whole number. Ensure the TOTAL amount equals a whole dollar amount Correct: $1,800 Incorrect: $1, Budget Guidance

26 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Non-allowable expenses: No ONE item over $1,000 Stipends or scholarships to students or the chapter Indirect costs (i.e. cost to administer funds) Acquisition or construction of permanent buildings Travel to/from National Convention or other state/national trainings T-shirts, food, and giveaways Grant Writing Guidance cont.

27 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Allowable expenses: Substitute teacher pay Transportation to and from service sites Copying/ Marketing costs Educational outreach materials Vegetation – Ex: trees, bushes, etc. Other expendable materials – Ex: animals, etc. Small Equipment Purchase - Ex: Camera, GPS, tools, etc Portable storage Budget Guidance

28 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. If awarded, may a sponsor contact you to serve as a community partner as part of your LTS: Environmental Grant ? Provide a short (2-4 sentences) overview of your project that can be shared on our Community Walks interactive map if awarded. o Limit 50 words Example: Sample FFA is creating a school-wide recycling program to reduce the amount of trash entering the local landfill. In addition, the chapter will hold workshops for each grade level on what to recycle and the importance of recycling. Final 2 Questions of Application

29 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Program Timeline Application Guidance Program Impacts Report Scoring Rubric Other Resources on the website

30 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Reminder Applications Due May 30

31 Copyright All rights reserved by National FFA Organization. Contact us with questions! Kayla Lumpford-Mitchell: Stefonie Sebastian:


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