Leadership environmental action projects (LEAP) grants are for B.C. High Schools to support student learning and experiences in conservation and stewardship of British Columbia’s biodiversity.
LEAP into conservation with your high school science students through place-based learning projects that focus on BC’s biodiversity and provide opportunities for:
- Real world field-based experiences in conservation
- Student learning of scientific practices
- Citizen science opportunities
- Providing opportunities for work experience focused on conservation-related careers
- Leadership or conservation career skills development
- Connecting to local conservation projects or issues
Leap Grants are for:
- B.C. high schools
- Sciences courses and or courses with a focus on environmental learning
- Career courses focused on providing students with opportunities in environmental/conservation sciences
Grants up to $5,000 available
Applicants will have one full school year to complete the project.
Leap Grant success stories:
How to Apply:
- Application deadline is June 15th
- Applicants will be notified before June 30th
- Leap Grants must meet the following criteria:
- Support an inquiry of a B.C. biodiversity topic or issue.
- Focus on a conservation or stewardship place-based project.
- Engage or partner with a community group, stewardship group, professional biologist and or other science professional.
- Provide students with real-world science skills and or field-based skill development e.g. analyzing data, problem solving, designing an experiment,conducting a restoration or monitoring program, designing an experiment etc.
- Provide students with a minimum of 3 outdoor field experiences in nature.
- Communicate about the project with others.
- Highlight career(s) in conservation or environmental science.
- Demonstrate student leadership activities in environmental learning e.g. mentoring or working with younger students in the district, communicating about their project, initiate school sustainability projects, engagement in data gathering, community education, hosting community event, creating a video about a local concern or issue etc.
- Eligible items to be covered under this grant:
- Transportation costs for field trips;
- Field equipment for project work;
- Field leaders for training sessions or mentoring with projects;
- Teacher on call costs and or time to support teachers in planning and preparing for projects;
- Training sessions or workshops for teachers and students in science protocols or practices
- Successful grant requirements:
- School or school District must be able to accept the grant and manage;
- Complete a case study report(s) and a summary of expense form;
- Provide student reflections shared through reporting or multi-media;
- Submit photos and or video uploaded to Vimeo or Youtube; and
- Complete an online evaluation
Forms and Resources
Completing your Grant – Reporting is done in the same online system that you initially completed your application. Click here to login. If you have any problems please contact the HCTF Education office at email@example.com
- Complete the online field trip report or case study report.
- Upload your field trip photo(s) or multi media files. Include photo release forms as needed.
- Complete the summary of expenses and upload or file your hard copy receipts. Receipts need to be held on file for one year should we request them for an audit.
- Complete an online evaluation.
- Stream to Sea Project
- LEAP Grants Overview
- Sample LEAP Application
- Summary of Grant Expenditures Form
- Case Study Report Template
- Photo & Media Forms
- Other Resources