UPEC Environmental Education Grants

Applications Due in by first week of January of each year, January 17, 2018.

Please complete this Word doc: UPEC 2016 Ed Fund Grant App, a Fillable form

UPEC Grants Summary

Mini-Grant FAQs

WHO? K-12 educators in Upper Peninsula schools, public or private, or other groups and institutions wanting to create or enhance an environmental program or ongoing activity.

WHY? Grants will be funded to provide financial assistance in providing quality environmental education programs and/or ongoing projects in need of support. 
   Special consideration will be to fund at least one grant, among those funded, that advocates for the environment through the arts, which will be broadly interpreted to include art, dance or music; this arts grant award is in memory of a donor, the late Bonnie Miljour. 

  We also welcome proposals that would provide hands-on experiences for young people in outdoor settings.

WHAT? Grant may not be used for salaries, but all other expenses (for example, transportation, meals, supplies, honoraria) are acceptable. Grant recipients will be required to present a final report that includes an accounting of funds expended and outcomes achieved upon completion of the program. Reports may be published in the UPEC newsletter and may be edited.

HOW MUCH? Depending upon the quality of the application as evaluated by the UPEC board, monetary awards up to $500 each will be made for projects completed over the next 12-month period. We welcome new proposals and seek to help new projects receive funding.

WHEN Do I need to Apply? By first week of January each year; applications due  January 17, 2018

HOW Do I Apply?

Please e-mail completed applications to us at: upec@upenvironment.org   

NOTE: Applications must be submitted in either a

Microsoft Word file or a pdf format.
Applications must be in one file, not in a number of attachments.



History of UPEC Environmental Education Grants:

Since 2003, Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) Board has approved funding for annual special non-endowed designated mini-grants. The funds represent a deepened commitment to environmental education and to land acquisition activities in the Upper Peninsula. The Environmental Education Fund is designed to provide small grants each year to educator-promoted environmental projects within K-12 schools (public or private) in the Upper Peninsula. The initial total funding level was $1000 per year, this amount has been augmented by fund-raising and through member contributions directly into this fund. Karen Bakula, UPEC Board member at the time, and science educator from Marquette, played a key role in helping set up this fund. “With cutbacks in state and local funding for schools,” she said, “this UPEC fund can play a modest role in supporting the projects of U.P. science teachers. Even small amounts can make the difference between ‘go’ and ‘no go’ when you are on a shoestring budget.”

A special UPEC grant – the Bonnie Miljour Grant – goes to support education through the Arts. The 2016 Bonnie Miljour Grant was awarded to the Marquette Earth Angels, a performing arts program that presented “Solar Power To The People” 

During 2015 UPEC funded 11 projects that included hands-on education about Lake Superior; studies of watersheds, native plants, and aquatic species; scholarships for regional students to attend the biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium in Thunder Bay; a program about the biology of bats and threats they face; the conversion of a school playground into an outdoor nature classroom; and citizen science about the human footprint on the landscape.

During 2016 UPEC funded more than $4,000 was awarded to 10 enviro ed projects that supported: Copper Country School Recycling Initiative, students study of the spring raptor migration,  students learning about our rich Ojibwa culture, school trail rehab, school organic garden and nature trail, and learning about local wildlife. 

During 2017 UPEC funded a total of $2,500 in educational grants, for four projects; including traveling wildlife education exhibit boxes, Winter into Spring — inquiry and art in our local environment, and a successful summer outdoor natural/cultural history
youth program.


For more information, contact us at: upec@upenvironment.org  


UPEC thanks our members for providing these pictures from across the UP!
U.P. Winter