LEAP Grants

LEAP into Conservation! 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 B.C.’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 available to B.C. High Schools for:

  • Science courses.
  • Courses with a focus on environmental learning.
  • Career courses focused on providing students with opportunities in environmental/
    conservation sciences.

Grant amounts: up to $5000

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 and or field-based skills e.g. analyzing data; writing a short report; problem solving; designing an experiment; etc.
  • Provide students with at least 3 outdoor field experiences in nature.
  • Communicate about the project with others.
  • Highlight career(s) in conservation or environmental science.
  • Demonstrate student leadership 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.

Eligible items for grants:

  • Transportation costs for field trips.
  • Field equipment for project work.
  • Field leaders for training sessions or mentoring with projects.
  • TOC 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 practice

Deadline: June 15th