Chapter Grants

The SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter program will offer SEEDS Chapter Grants of up to $500 for projects taking place in 2016-2017 with funding from donations by ESA Members.  Limited 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. Projects that include research and education on the following will have priority funding:

  1. Pollinators and Biodiversity conservation.   This theme was the focus of the 2015 Leadership Meeting and we have a Pollinator Resource Toolkit including outreach activity ideas developed by our very own SEEDS leaders.
  2. Healthy and Sustainable Forests. This is the focus of the 2016 and the upcoming 2017 Leadership Meeting. We also have a Forests and Forestry Toolkit available.


  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 chapter report before the grant deadline, please visit our SEEDS Chapter Report page.
  2. New Chapters must be established for at least 30 days prior to the grant proposal deadline (from the date of the acceptance letter) to be eligible for a Chapter Grant.
  3. Proposals must be signed by a student leader and a faculty adviser must serve as project director.

Examples of Chapter Projects

Projects that include research and education on Pollinators and Biodiversity conservation will have priority funding. Examples of project activities:

  • Chapter Collaborations:  joint projects with other Chapters, travel or distance communication costs, creative ecology or conservation projects with a regional focus. We strongly encourage chapters to work with others within reasonable proximity or virtually.
  • 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 the research project of the 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.

NOTE: 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. A letter from the relevant authorities must be submitted with the proposal.

Scope and Size of Awards

Grants will be awarded up to $500, 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 May 1, 2017.




November 1, 2016 Submission of Complete Proposals
December 1, 2016 Notification of acceptance or decline
December 15, 2016 If your proposal is accepted, return signed agreement form
Project may commence with signed agreement form.
May 1, 2017 All project activities must be completed. Storify journal of grant activities posted and URL submitted to SEEDS.


Awardees are expected to

  1. complete final narrative and expense reports by July 1, 2017.
  2. produce a Storify journal of chapter grant activities, e.g.
  3. provide brief updates of the progress of the project for the quarterly SEEDS newsletter

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.