Chapter Grants

The SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter program will offer SEEDS Chapter Grants of up to $1,000 for projects taking place in 2014-2015 with funding from donations by ESA Members.  More than $3,000 in grant funds are available to support Chapter activities and projects which further the mission of SEEDS – to diversify and advance the ecology profession through opportunities that stimulate and nurture the interest and leadership of underrepresented students in ecology.  This funding is intended to support innovative Chapter projects that promote ecology to underrepresented students and communities through local conservation, research or education outreach activities.

Eligibility

  1. The SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter must be in good standing with the college or university and with the SEEDS program. This requires maintaining accurate activity and financial records, submitting reports when required, and meeting membership requirements. If you have not already done so, please submit your 2013-2014 chapter report before the grant deadline, please visit our SEEDS Chapter Report page.
  2. New Chapters must be established for at least 30 days (from the date of the acceptance letter) to be eligible for a Chapter Grant.
  3. Proposals must be signed by two chapter leaders and faculty adviser/s will be considered.

Themes and examples of Chapter Projects include the following:

  • Chapter Collaborations:  joint projects with other Chapters, travel or distance communication costs, creative ecology or conservation projects with a regional focus.
  • Outreach activities: community Bioblitzes, sustainability events, projects with K-12 students and/or teachers, community members, etc.
  • Research activities: supporting opportunities for students to conduct and communicate ecology research.  This should be student-led research by the chapter and should not be the independent study research of a single student or faculty adviser/s.
  • Career development: hosting a seminar series for students on-campus
  • Student development: field trips for students to become exposed to areas of ecological interest.

Projects that involve infrastructure development e.g. a garden or installation of hardware in a public space must have the commitment of the host organization to maintain it.

Scope and Size of Awards

Grants will be awarded from $300 up to $1,000, subject to the recommendation of the review committee. The amount requested must be reflective of the size and scope of the project. Two or more Chapters may submit a joint proposal.  The budget breakdown must reflect the funds going to each school.   Chapter Project activities must be completed by August 31, 2015.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION

PROPOSAL GUIDELINES 

Timeline

November 30, 2014 Submission of Complete Proposals
December 15, 2014 Notification of acceptance or decline, postponed to week of October 28
January 1, 2015 If your proposal is accepted, return signed agreement form, extended to November 5
Project may commence with signed agreement form.
March 1, 2015 Update for the SEEDS Newsletter
June 1, 2015 Update for the SEEDS Newsletter
August 31, 2015 All project activities must be completed
September 30, 2015 Final Report due

As per the timeline above, a project with a start date less than 10 weeks from the submission date will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

Obtaining a SEEDS Chapter Grant is a competitive process and awards will be made on the basis of the strength of the proposal and the cost effectiveness of the proposed activities in furthering the mission of SEEDS and promoting ecological science education and/or research. Higher ranking will be given to projects with broad impact and dissemination and to those that include matching funds (anything from a small campus fundraiser to large institutional support). A selection committee of Ecological Society of America members will review proposals.

Reports

Brief updates are required for the quarterly SEEDS newsletter. A final report must also be submitted by September 30, 2015 or before. A report format will be provided to the awarded Chapters.