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National Wildlife Refuge Support Group Grant Program

Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Award: Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations (applicants must either be tax exempt under section 501(c), or be in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status and submit with their grant application a copy of their 501(c)(3)), cooperative and interpretive associations, Audubon chapters and other citizen support organizations.

Types of Grants:

a. Start-up Grants — Funds will be provided to assist starting refuge support groups with formative and/or initial operational support (membership drives, training (tuition), postage, brochure writing and layout, logo design, or consultant fees for planning a mission and strategic plan);

b. Capacity Building Grants — Funds will be provided to strengthen existing refuge support groups’ capacity to be more effective (outreach efforts, strategic planning, membership development, board or leadership development, designing exhibits for community outreach, and training); and

c. Project Specific Grants — Funds will be provided to non-profit organizations seeking support for a specific project (developing conservation education programs for local schools, outreach programs for private landowners, habitat restoration projects, building an observation tower, providing interpretive signage, or watchable wildlife programs).

Deadline: April 1, 2003

To learn more about the National Wildlife Refuge Support Grant Program, please visit: http://www.nfwf.org/programs/nwrgp.htm

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Nature of Learning Start-up Grants

Sponsor: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Award: Average grants are between $1,000 and $5,000. Schools or non-profit organizations, cooperative and interpretive associations, and Audubon chapters are eligible to apply for funding.

The grants provide financial and technical assistance for:

a. building educational value on refuges so that visits, exposure and enthusiasm on public lands expand and continue;

b. introducing a process to enhance critical thinking skills and better prepare students as future community leaders;

c. creating long-lasting relationships among teachers, local businesses, community leaders and refuge personnel; and

d. developing and nurturing a strong sense of stewardship and civic pride using the refuge and community as outdoor classrooms.

Deadline: June 30, 2003

To learn more about The Nature of Learning program, please visit: http://refuges.fws.gov/generalinterest/education.

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