Environmental Studies grants

Posted by Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation on August 1, 2016

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Seeks Applications for Environmental Studies

The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation was founded in 1996 to continue the work of Melinda Gray Ardia, a biologist, environmental activist, and middle school science teacher in Newark, New York, who died in an automobile accident that year. The foundation’s mission is to integrate field activities and basic ecological principles and problem solving into classroom teaching.

The foundation’s grant program is designed to empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems; promote thoughtful and appropriate analysis and understanding of the natural world; and train students as informed decision makers through the emphasis and application of basic ecological principles.

Grants of up to $1,500 will be awarded in support of environmental curricula that embrace a holistic approach; synthesize multiple levels of learning (facts, concepts, principles); include experiential integrated learning and problem solving; and are founded on basic scientific principles, including hypothesis testing and experimental design. Curricula must also incorporate basic ecological principles and field environmental activities within a primary or secondary school setting and present controversial issues objectively, stressing the development of individual student opinions.

Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and others. There are no geological restrictions.

Pre-proposals must be received no later than August 12, 2016. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by August 26, 2016.

See the MGAEF website for complete program guidelines, information about past grant recipients, and application instructions.



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