TLA SEOP Grant Applications are now being accepted for the school year 2023-2024. You will find everything you need to complete the application process on this website. This letter is being sent to all science teachers in the Bellaire, Central Lake, Kalkaska, and Mancelona schools: SEOP 2023-2024 Announcement Letter
Intention of the Grant
These grants will support science and nature experiences in the 2023/24 school year that get students interacting with the real world and live human beings. Examples include: field trips to a nature center, lab, hatchery, museum, or other interesting place; outdoor activities to observe nature, collect data, undertake restoration, or other active engagement with the outdoors; visits with experts and practitioners in ecology, conservation, restoration, science, engineering or other relevant area of study. This grant can fund fees, equipment, or transportation that will make these experiences possible.
Things that will not be funded: recordings, videos, subscriptions, science kits (unless they are explicitly intended for outdoor use), traveling exhibits or other pre-packaged educational offerings.
TLA has significant funds to award for the 2023-2024 school year. There is no limit to the amount a teacher can request, however we try to fund as many schools as we can, even if that means partially funding some requests. Keep that in mind as you prepare your application. Here is a link to a table that lists ideas that TLA supports. However, Don’t limit yourself to this list.
To apply for TLA SEOP Grant for the school year 2023-2024, please complete and submit the online application no later than April 15, 2023. Grant awards will be announced by May 2023.
Getting feedback about your grant is highly important. It not only allows us to communicate to our members the success of the program, it also gives us ideas to continually expand and improve the process. In order to be eligible for a grant, you must agree to provide TLA feedback on your project. This agreement is part of the application process. Feedback should be provided once your project is complete, but no later than June 16, 2024. Additional information on the feedback agreement may be found on the SEOP Grant Feedback Agreement and Requirements page. Please also share your experience using your own school communication systems (newsletters, letters to parents, etc.). This helps us to expand awareness of this grant program
Grant Application Timeline
|April 15, 2023||SEOP Grant Application Deadline|
|By May 2023||Announcement of SEOP Grant Awards, Check will be delivered immediately after this announcement|
|June 16, 2024 or sooner||Teacher/Student feedback reporting on the use of the SEOP Grant for school year 2022-2023|
|** June 16, 2024 or sooner||Response from your administrator for school year 2022-2023. Please ask your principal or superintendent to comment on how they think the grant has impacted the students. This is not mandatory, but TLA would be very happy to hear from the administration including any suggestions for improvement.|