The Small Grant Program has three main purposes:
- To help native prairie remnants, especially those that would otherwise be unlikely to receive help.
- To support research and management work that benefits native prairie remnants.
- To educate the public about the value of native prairie remnants and about effective ways to help them.
Guidelines for Grant Applications
The following factors will increase a project's likelihood of getting one of our small grants:
- The project will benefit a native prairie remnant, rather than a reconstruction or planting.
- The prairie remnant to be helped by the grant is an "orphan" prairie that is not owned by a conservation organization and is not likely to get help from another public or private group. An example would be a grant given to volunteers for management and restoration of a prairie cemetery which is under the management of township trustees.
- The project will provide prairie remnant management information to a number of people, and/or will benefit several remnants. An example would be a grant for controlled burn equipment awarded to a college class on prairie management. The students used the equipment to learn how to do controlled burns by doing controlled burns on local prairie remnants.
- The project involves prairie remnant management research. An example would be a grant for exclosure fencing for a prairie remnant pasture which helped to determine how excluding cattle from small paddocks affected the prairie plants in those paddocks.
- The project, if it involves management of a privately owned remnant, will benefit a remnant that is under permanent protection. An example of permanent protection would be a conservation easement designed to help ensure that the remnant will be managed and protected into the future.
- The project, if it involves restoration seeding of a degraded remnant, will use local-ecotype seed from the remnant itself and/or seed from other nearby remnants and/or seed from another appropriate local-ecotype source.
- The project will include a public education component. An example would be a newspaper story about a local IPN small grant that helped to inform readers about the value of prairie remnants.
- The proposed cost of the project and the amount requested from IPN are reasonable and realistic in terms of the objectives to be achieved.
To apply for a small grant, please submit a written proposal containing the following information to a board member in your region. The information you provide can be fairly brief, as long as it covers the points below.
- Applicant Information: Name, address, phone number, email. If an organization is involved, include contact information for that organization.
- Purpose and Goals: State the purpose and goals of your project.
- Site Description: Describe the location and size of the project site and the legal description if possible. Describe any site conditions that explain the need for your project.
- Process: Explain how and when your project will be accomplished.
- Evaluation: Explain how you will evaluate the success of your project.
- Public education. Explain how your project will help educate the public about prairies.
- Budget. Include the amount of money you are requesting and how it will be used.
Please direct any inquiries to one of the board members in your region.
IPN also has a Prairie Heritage Grant program that assists in the acquisition of prairie remnants and surrounding lands. Please contact a board member in your area for additional information