Chapter Grants 2018

The SEEDS Campus Ecology Chapter program will offer SEEDS Chapter Grants of up to $500 for projects taking place in 2018 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.


The SEEDS Chapter Grant program is intended to support innovative Chapter projects that promote ecology to underrepresented students and communities through local conservation, research or education outreach activities.


  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 new chapter acceptance letter) to be eligible for a Chapter Grant.
  3. Projects must be led by undergraduate Chapter members.
  4. Proposals must be signed by the Chapter President and a faculty adviser must serve as project director.

What We Do Not Fund

  1. Projects that support research activities of individuals (faculty or students)
  2. Projects that do not engage underrepresented audiences in ecology or extend the mission of SEEDS
  3. Travel expenses to meetings and conferences
  4. Salaries, indirect or overhead costs

Examples of Chapter Projects

  • 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 active participation of Chapter 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 an ecology career fair for students on campus
  • Student development: local field trips for students to become exposed to areas of ecological interest.


You might wish to adapt some of these ideas in your projects

  • 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.
  • 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.

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 should reflect 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.


January 19, 2018 Submission of Complete Proposals
February 12, 2018 Notification of acceptance or decline
If your proposal is accepted, return signed agreement form. Project may commence with signed agreement form.
May 1, 2018 Date of completion for proposals to be implemented in Spring
July 1, 2018 Spring 2018 projects: Submit final narrative and expense reports
December 1, 2018 Date of completion for proposals to be implemented in Fall
February 1, 2019 Fall 2018 projects: Submit final narrative and expense reports

Awardees are expected to:Expectations

  1. provide brief updates of the progress of the project for the SEEDS newsletter
  2. produce a Storify journal of chapter grant activities to be shared on the SEEDS FaceBook page e.g.
  3. complete final narrative and expense reports by within 60 days of completion

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.

PROPOSAL GUIDELINE [PDF]  – Please download the proposal guidelines for information on what to include in your proposal.  All sections must be included to be considered.