Legacy provides environmental education grants annually through the Legacy Grants Program. Funds for this program are allocated specifically to assist with helping to create environmentally responsible citizens through education. Any non-profit/tax exempt Alabama organization or school planning a community based environmental program is encouraged to apply. Grants are available in any amount up to $10,000.
2017 Grant Application – Now Available
Application Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2016
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Grant Program Overview:
Legacy funds environmental education grants annually through the Environmental Education Grant Program. Funds for this program are allocated specifically to assist with helping to create environmentally responsible citizens through education. Both public and private non-profit organizations in Alabama may apply. All applying organizations need proof of tax-exempt status showing specific Internal Revenue Service qualification.
Environmental Education grants are available in amounts up to $10,000. Grant proposals requesting more than $10,000 will not be considered.
Proposals will generally not be considered if they request funding for general operating expenses or building campaigns, computer equipment, student tuition, travel, or funding for personnel (salaries/stipends).
Distribution of Funds:
Funds will be distributed quarterly, as invoices are received by Legacy. It is mandatory that all organizations applying for the grant funds prove their tax-exempt status. A copy of the determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service, showing specific IRS qualification and identification number, must be attached. EXCEPTION: Public schools have this status through their system and do not need the qualification letter. Groups without the status must choose a non-profit organization through which funds may be disbursed. This affiliating non-profit organization must then be willing to assume expenditure responsibility for the group without the IRS qualification.
Proposals must include a Project Director to implement and guide the project. The Director becomes the fiscal agent for the proposal and is responsible for the expenditure of any funds awarded. The Project Director may be asked to present the grant project at Legacy’s Environmental Partnership Conference.
Grant recipients will be required to complete Midterm and Final Reports. These reports will serve as an evaluation mechanism for the project. Failure to comply with reporting requirements will result in termination of the grant and disqualification from future grants.
Criteria for Evaluation:
Grants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Feasibility – fulfillment of an environmental education need, how the need will be addressed, and qualifications and experience of personnel; Audience – size and diversity, reach under-served population, partnerships developed, and possibility of replication, if the program is not statewide; Scope of Work – goals clearly stated, description of work plan, use of existing materials and information, and consistency with Legacy’s mission; Schedule of Project – delineate tasks and timelines; Budget – cost effectiveness, detailed and itemized, and match to include in-kind support; Measurement & Evaluation – how effectiveness of project will be measured; Legacy Recognition – the degree of public recognition for Legacy’s granting of funds for the project. Proposals will generally not be considered if they request funding for general operating expenses or building campaigns, computer equipment, providing student tuition, funding personnel (i.e. salaries/stipends), or travel.