Fostering Future
Environmental Stewards Grant

The Rockfall Foundation is offering a new grant program for 2020. The Fostering Future Environmental Stewards Grant (FFES) is a multi-year grant for environmental education programs in preschool through 8th grade in the Lower Connecticut River Valley. The educational programs are to be sustained over a two or three year grant period, with potential for the school to continue the program after grant funding is completed. Grant requests of up to $6,000 will be considered, in total, to cover two or three years.

The school must be located in at least one of the following towns: Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Lyme, Old Saybrook, Portland, or Westbrook.

The goals of the grant are to support continuous environmental literacy for children and youth that offer nature discovery and real-world, hands-on, place-based learning. These learning opportunities should give students enjoyment of the natural world as well as an introduction to the environmental challenges in their communities and the importance of protecting the environment. The content of the educational program is at the discretion of the school but must be in keeping these goals.

Funding can be provided for materials, transportation, or program/presenter fees. Items such as food and regular operating expenses (e.g. insurance, rent, etc.) will not be funded. Regular salaries and benefits are not generally funded, but may be considered if a substantial benefit is perceived. A match is not required, but a match or leverage will be considered favorably in evaluating the proposal.

The Grants Committee may choose to schedule applicant interviews to augment the information provided in the application.

FFES will not be offered again next year. This is a one-time opportunity to apply for this multi-year grant. Schools are permitted to apply for both FFES and the 2020 Annual Environmental Grant, but may only be selected for one grant.


FFES Grant Requirements

  • Applications are evaluated on how well they meet the objective of fostering future environmental stewards and the goals of the grant.
  • The maximum allowed grant amount is $6,000 and must cover a two or three year program.
  • Funding must be applied to the item/activity described in the application. Substitutions are not permitted unless prior approval has been obtained.
  • If the applicant is a recipient of a past grant, grantee must be in compliance with the terms of the prior grant agreement.
  • Grantees must detail expected results and agree to submit a final report, in the format provided by the Foundation, that details the project’s outcomes, and provide the Foundation with electronic photos related to the project and with copies of any resulting publications and/or maps of activities and/or results.
  • Grantees must prepare and supervise a tabletop exhibit about the project at The Rockfall Foundation’s Annual Meeting, Grants, and Awards Celebration in the fall.
  • Grantees must facilitate a site visit for the Foundation to observe the project in action.
  • Grantees must recognize The Rockfall Foundation’s grant publicly. Methods of public acknowledgement include, but are not limited to: newsletters, website, press releases, physical signs, printed program materials, social media, and verbally at events.

Preparing Your Application

 Download and save the FFES GRANT APPLICATION” PDF form to your computer. Avoid working on the file in your internet browser.


 Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 5 – 6:30 pm: Information Session View PowerPoint Presentation from the session.

Thursday, November 7, 2019, 12 pm Noon: Application Deadline – Applications and all required documents must be received electronically by The Rockfall Foundation by noon. Completed applications should be submitted by email to Applications received after the noon deadline will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Grant awards are announced in mid-February with funds available by April 1.

Contact the Foundation

 Please contact Amanda Kenyon, Grants and Communications Coordinator, at 860-347-0340 or via email to with questions about the process, required documents, or to discuss project ideas.

Grant application review and selection is overseen by the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

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