Legacy Grants

2024 Grant Application

Legacy’s Mission: 
To be Alabama’s primary source for science-based, environmental information and education, while cultivating a legacy of environmental stewardship for generations to come.

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.

Grant Funding: Environmental Education grants are available in amounts up to $2,500.  Grant proposals requesting more than $2,500 will not be considered.

Proposal Guidelines:
Complete all sections of the form below and be sure to include all pertinent information.  Review the evaluation criteria to ensure that your project meets specifications.  Submit only the completed form for reviewDo not include attachments (other than the IRS letter). Review the checklist to be sure all information has been included.

Proposals will generally not be considered if they request funding for general operating expenses or building campaigns, student tuition, travel, or funding for personnel (salaries/stipends).

Submission Deadlines:

All grant applications MUST BE RECEIVED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON OR BEFORE FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2024!!

LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED!!!

Grant Timeline:

All grant contracts will begin April 19, 2024 and end Dec 31, 2024.

Award Announcements:

Award notifications will be emailed to Project Directors on April 1, 2024.

Distribution of Funds:

Funds will be distributed quarterly once receipts are submitted. 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.

Project Director:

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 workshops.

Reporting Announcements:

Grant recipients will be required to complete a Final Report, which will be due by February 28, 2025. This report 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:

(If this application format is not adhered to, the grant will not be considered.)

Grants will be evaluated based on the following criteria

  1. Feasibility & Sustainability – the fulfillment of an environmental education need, how the need will be addressed, and qualifications and experience of personnel; and how the project will be sustained in the future.
  2. Audience – size and diversity, reach under-served population, partnerships developed, and possibility of replication, if the program is not statewide;
  3. Scope of Work – goals clearly stated, description of work plan, use of existing materials and information, and consistency with Legacy’s mission;
  4. Schedule of Project – delineate tasks and timelines;
  5. Budget – cost-effectiveness, detailed and itemized, and match to include in-kind support;
  6. Measurement &Evaluation – how effectiveness of the project will be measured;
  7. Legacy Recognition – the degree of public recognition for Legacy’s granting of funds for the project. 
  8. Proposals will generally not be considered if they request funding for general operating expenses or building campaigns,  tuition, funding personnel (i.e.salaries/stipends/honoraria), or cash prizes.

2024 Legacy Environmental Education Grant Application

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ALL grants must be received NO LATER than close of business on Monday, MARCH 14, 2024!

Return Completed Grant Application to: Legacy, Inc., Partners in Environmental Education Attn: FY2024 Competitive Grant Program P.O. Box 3813 Montgomery, AL 36109 OR UPS/Fed Ex: 1333 Carmichael Way Montgomery AL 36106 (334) 270-5921 OR By email to: toni@legacyenved.org

(environmental education need addressed, how the need will be addressed, and personnel qualification and experience. Explain how this project will be sustained for the future.)
(size and diversity, reaches under-served population, partnerships developed, and potential for replication in other areas if not statewide)
(goals clearly stated, description of work plan, use of existing materials and information, and consistency with Legacy’s mission)
(delineate tasks by using a timeline)
(cost effectiveness, detailed and itemized, and match, including in-kind)
(Please list other sources and financial commitments)
(how effectiveness of program will be measured)
(Describe all the ways that Legacy will be recognized) Note: There MUST be clearly visible Legacy signage, featuring BOTH Legacy logos, on site at ALL Legacy-sponsored grant projects. A member of the Legacy staff and/or Board of Directors will conduct site visits to ensure compliance.