CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New grant funding is available to New Hampshire teachers and community members interested in involving youth in wildlife habitat projects on schoolyards, public areas or community lands.
Habitat projects create spaces for outdoor learning and can range from a butterfly garden to shrubs for birds or a pond for amphibians. Those interested can apply to New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Homes for Wildlife Actin Grant Program for start-up funds.
The program is funded by the conservation license plate fund through the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program. Applicants may request up to $300 if no match is provided. If a dollar-for-dollar match is provided, applicants can apply for up to $600. No match is required for the first $300.
“We’re looking for youth-driven action projects that will directly benefit wildlife,” said Marilyn Wyzga, coordinator of the Project Home schoolyard habitat program. “Projects with the best chance of long-term success involve assembling a team of staff, students, community members and resource professionals.”
Examples of past projects include work by the Lebanon Middle School to remove invasive plants and plant woodland natives along a new trail. Canterbury Elementary School was awarded $600 to plant shrubs, perennials and annuals to establish a pollinator garden, install wildlife feeding stations and provide water for wildlife.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Feb. 1.