Information, Education & Outreach Grants

The IGBC has awarded $36,000 each year since 2007 to the grizzly bear recovery ecosystems to fund Information, Education & Outreach (IEO) projects that promote grizzly bear habitat and recovery.

The deadline to apply for 2020 grants is Nov. 1, 2019.

FAQs about annual IGBC Information, Education & Outreach Grants

Who is eligible to apply?

Organizations and government agencies within the grizzly bear ecosystems may apply. However, it is highly recommended that these entities begin the application process by contacting the state and federal agency information and education staff in their area before proceeding.

How are grant requests reviewed and selected?

Proposals must be submitted directly to the Information, Education & Outreach Chair in the respective ecosystem where you are requesting funds.

  • Danielle Oyler, Yellowstone – danielle.c.oyler@gmail.com – 406-581-6452
  • Dillon Tabish, NCDE – dillon.tabish@mt.gov – 406-751-4564
  • Amy Baumer, Bitterroot – amy.baumer@usda.gov – 208-756-5145
  • Kim Annis, Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak – kannis@mt.gov- 406-293-4161 ext. 207
  • Denise Schultz, North Cascades denise_m_shultz@nps.gov – 360-854-7302
  • Ellen Davis, proposals that benefit all ecosystems, ellen.davis@usda.gov – 406-363-7146

Grant applications will be reviewed first by the IGBC IEO Subcommittee Chair for the ecosystem, and will need to have local support. After the first tier of review, the IEO Subcommittee Chairs will forward their selections to the IGBC Executive Coordinator for a final review by the IGBC selection committee.

What are the grant criteria?

  • Projects need to be information and education specific. For instance, funding a person to present bear-related camper education is acceptable, funding a campground sanitation crew who offers some bear education as a sideline or distributes materials as they clean a campground is not.
  • We encourage project requests that are useable in multiple ecosystems. These could be products/projects designed to be general enough for use in all recovery areas.
  • We encourage projects that include partners or leverage grant dollars with in-kind or matches from partners.
  • Limited funding is available and larger requests that consume all or most of the funding may not be appropriate.
  • We support projects that benefit multiple agencies and organizations. Projects that benefit only one agency or support a single agency’s business-as-usual would not be appropriate (e.g., a Glacier National Park specific brochure about Park bears or about NPS bear interaction regulations).

What is the grant cycle?

IGBC Information and Education Annual Grant Cycle

Oct. 1:
Request for proposals published
November 1:
IGBC Information and Education Grants deadline. Send grant proposals to Grizzly Bear Ecosystem I&E Subcommittee Chair.
November:
Ecosystem I&E Subcommittees evaluate, select and prioritize grant applications. I&E Subcommittees forward their recommendations to the Grant Selection Committee.
November-December:
Grant Selection Committee reviews proposals from all grizzly bear ecosystems. Funding will be decided on those proposals that demonstrate the most need and best use of funds for grizzly bear conservation and recovery.

Early December:
Grant awards announced at IGBC winter meeting. Applicants will be notified.

What are the reporting requirements for these grants?

Funding recipients will send a brief report to the IGBC Executive Coordinator by the end of June of the funding year. The report should describe how the funds are being used, with quantitative data whenever appropriate. Unused funds will be reclaimed by IGBC and distributed to other IEO projects as needed.

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Grants Awarded in Previous Years

2019 IGBC Information & Education Grant Awards

2018 IGBC Information & Education Grant Awards

2017 IGBC Information & Education Grant Awards

2016 IGBC Information & Education Grant Awards