coastal Wildlife Refuge Society
Supporting Northeastern North Carolina's National Wildlife Refuges
Educational Grant Program through Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society
(Teachers scroll to bottom area of page and click on 'click here' to download CWRS Educational Grant forms)
The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society (CWRS) is the non-profit support group for Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges One of the major goals of CWRS is to foster educational opportunities for K-12 groups, utilizing the resources of the refuges for educational enrichment and encouraging students to explore the riches of these coastal environments.
To achieve this goal, CWRS has two targeted grant programs available to K-12 public and private institutions.
The first is for educational field trips to either Pea Island or Alligator River Refuges that are limited in scope and duration, typically for a single session on the refuge. CWRS will provide support for transportation costs associated with each outing.
The second targeted program addresses those educational ventures that are of longer duration and focus on a specific educational objective(s) that require multiple outings on the refuge. A typical proposal would be one in which students investigate changes in the environment over time, collecting data and making records of their observations. For these ventures, the CWRS will support transportation costs as well as targeted equipment and supplies (not available through the refuge) that are essential to meet the objectives of the proposed work. The costs of supplies and equipment cannot exceed 25% of the total proposal costs. Candidates are encouraged to inquire regarding equipment (e.g., waders, GPS, etc.) that can be provided.
For both categories of funding, CWRS places a priority on the following:
-Engaging as many students as possible across all grade levels and counties in eastern North Carolina
-Covering transportation costs for refuge-sponsored activities and participation in Wildfest, or other nature events
-Encouraging longer-term projects that foster exploration and appropriate levels of discovery and record keeping (i.e., digital, photographic, web-based, GPS)
-Interfacing the outings with the staff of Pea Island and Alligator River Refuges by contacting the refuge Educaitonal Specialist, Cindy Heffley
-Disseminating the products of the excursions and research to a broader community using electronic (e.g., web based), visual (display boards), seminars, and traditional media (e.g., newspapers)
-Accountability of the activities through interaction with the CWRS K-12 grant staff such that all parties are engaged to maximize the value of the endeavor.
Since funds are limited, proposals will be considered on a “first come, first serve” basis.
For further information regarding these two opportunities, please contact:
Teachers and grant candidates please read the instructions below carefully and submit the following grant forms, click here
1. Complete pages 1 and 2 of CWRS Educational Grant application form. The grant amount you request should be your best estimate. You will submit the final exact grant amount after your grant project is complete.
When you've completed pages 1 & 2, scan and email or fax the pages to:
252-473-1132 X 224 (voice)
2. Your grant application will be distributed to CWRS educational grant committee. Normally within 5-7 days you will either receive grant approval or will be asked or further information if needed. Please be sure your email and phone contacts are clear and readable on your grant application.
3. Complete your grant project/field trip.
4. Gather any invoices/receipts you have to substantiate your grant amount request (i.e school bus driver charges, supplies receipts, etc.) and complete page #3 of CWRS Educational Grant application.
Scan and email or fax the following to Steve Brumfield (at above contact info):
A. Completed page 3 of your CWRS Educational Grant application
B. Any invoices and/or receipts to substantiate your grant request total.
C. Give us the CWRS Educational grant total you are now requesting. This is often different from your original estimated amount.
D. To whom should the grant payment check be made?
E. To what address should payment be sent?