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AUG 9 1989 


1515 E. 6th AVE. 

your students 


HELENA. MONTANA 59620-2301 
444. 6697 

The Department of Natural Resources and 
Conservation (DNRC) is delighted U) announce 
that giants are again available U) Montana 
sch(M)l.s through the p]nergy Education Minigrant 
Program. Educators wishing to undertake 
energv-r-elated activities are eligible to apply 
for grants of up to $500 per project. Grants 
will be awarded by Januai'v 1, 1989 for projects 
to be completed by June 15, 1U89. 


All Montana elementary and secondary 
schools are eligible to apply. Administrator's as 
well as teachers may submit proposals. 
Students may design and conduct projects, if a 
teacher or administrator' takes responsibility as 
project director. Schools may submit more than 
one proposal. Schools that received grants 
pr-eviously are eligible to apply again. 


Most projects focusing on basic energy 
concepts are eligible. Projects developed 
around classroom activities dealing with 
Montana's renewable sources, such as solar, 
wind, hydroelec trie, biomass, and geothermal are 
encouraged. Projects demonstrating the 

principles of energy conservation measures in 
homes and school buildings also will qualify. 
Instructional units focusing on r-esources such 
as coal, natui-al gas, and oil, as well as 
programs for designing computer- software 
packages are acceptable. 

Examples of projects that could qualify for 
funding are the preparation of energy 
curriculum materials such as model kits dealing 
with wind, coal, or hydiopower, design and 
assembly of a food dehydiator or coldframe, and 
a demonstration of movable window insulation. 

DNRC will not award funds for the purchase 
of constr'uction materials or for energy 
conservation projects that are retrofitted on 
school buildings, such as greenhouses. Although 
funds can't be used for capital equipment or 
construction materials, item;i such as measuring 
tools, minor- supplies and consumable materials 
used in performing energy experimeiits in a 
gr-eenhouse would be eligible for- consideration. 
Projects funded previously will not be replicated 
using minigiant funds. 


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During the 1987-88 school term, nine 
minigr-ant projects were conducted by Montana 
teachers. DNRC is currently producing a 
directory that describes the completed pr-ojects 
and the educators who designed them. The 
directory will be available for distribution in 
late 1988. A desci-iption of the projects 
developed during the 1988-89 school term will 
be included in next year's directory. Teachers 
are encouraged to use the directory as a source 
of ideas for developing their own projects. 


Pi-ojects will be evaluated on the following 

Educational Goals . Is the pr'oject related to 
the topic of energy? Is the project appr-opriale 
to the targeted grade level? Does it include 
direct student involvement? Are the planned 
activities likely to have a positive impact on 
student energy awar-eness? 

Innovation . What makes the project special 
or outstanding? Does it contain an unusual 
approach or- technique to help students increase 
their understanding of energy concepts or 

Transferability . Does the project have the 
potential to be adapted by other- teachers or- 

Project Design . Are the goals and 

objectives clearly defined? Ar-e the tasks and 
activities that will be undertaken to achieve the 
goals/objectives specifically set for-th? Is ther-e 
a plan for- evaluating the project's success? 
Can the project be completed within the stated 
timeframe and budget? 

Resources . Ar-e the staff, facilities, 

equipment, and material adequate for achieving 
the project's objectives? 

BeneHts/Costs . Are the costs reasonable and 
appropriate for the project? 

1988-1989 Energy Education 
Minigrant Application Form 

The {ioal of the progiam is to develop creative classroom energy 
projects and distribute information about them so teachers in other 
Montana schools can undertake similar activities. 


Title of project 

Name of project director 

Name of school 

Number of students Grade Subject 

U) be reached level(s) area(s)_ 

Name of principal/superintendent. 
School street addr'ess 


P.O. Box City Zip . 

School district County Telephone 

2. PFIO.JECT ABSTRACT. Provide a project overview, using no more than 1/2 page. 

,'5. PROJECT STATEMENT. Use no more than three additional sheets to outline: 
A. Objectives B. Proceduie C. Evaluation D. Qualifications 

4. BUDGET SUMMARY. Please attach an outline of the project costs. 

To the best of my knowledge the information contained in this application is correct. 

Date Project director's signature 

Date Principal's/Superintendent's signature 

Attach this form to youi' project abstract, project statement, and budget 
narrative, and return your application by October 14, 1988 to: 

Peggy Nelson 

Energy Division 

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

1.520 East Sixth Avenue 

Helena, MT .59620-2301 


An application form is enclosed and may be 
duplicated for- multiple entries. Please submit 
the attached foi'm, a project absti'act, project 
statement, and budget summary. Applications 
must be received no later than October 14, 
1988. In Older for your proposal to be 
considered for funding you must include: ' 

1. A complet4.'d copy of the attached form. 

4. Budget summary. Identify how the grant 
money will be used, estimating the costs of 
supplies, materials, equipment, printing, oi- 
shipping charges (wages for teachers will 
not be covered by the giant). If there are 
other sources of funds being used or any 
in-kind services or materials being donated 
to the project, please identify these and 
give an estimate of their costs. 

A project abstract. The abstract should be 
no more than half a page, double-spaced. 
Please include a brief overview that (a) 
summarizes the project, (b) identifies the 
products to be prepared or lists the major 
activities to be completed, and (c) describes 
the grade level and number of students 

A project statement. This is the body of 
the proposal. It should be no more than 
three double-spaced, typed pages. The 
pi'oject statement must address the 

a. Goals and objectives . Describe the 
behavioral or attitudinal changes you 
expect in your students as a result of 
the project. Identify the major, 
tangible product or result that will be 
achieved through this project, and 
include a discussion of instructional 
approaches to be used and material or 
equipment needed. 

b. Procedure . Describe in chronological 
order the tasks and activities that 
will be conducted to achieve the 
proposed activity oi' project. Please 
include a tentative schedule of 
completion dates. 

c. Evaluation. Discuss how you will 
evaluate the success of the pi'oject. 

d. Qualifications . Include any information 
about your backgr'ound or training that 
demonstrates your- ability to conduct 
the project. 


DNRC has $5,000 available for minigrants 
and expects to fund between 10 and 15 projects 
for the 1988-89 school year. The maximum 
award for each project will not exceed $500. 
The amount of each grant will vary depending 
on the actual costs reflected in the proposal. 

Any school receiving an energy education 
minigr-ant must complete a final report upon 
conclusion of the project, documenting project 
activities, budget, and effectiveness. The final 
reports will be publicized and distributed by 
DNRC to other Montana schools. 

DNRC and the gi'ant recipient will enter 
into a written agreement that outlines the 
general responsibilities of both parties. DNRC 
will awar-d the funds accor-ding to the following 
schedule: (1) 65 percent of the grant amount 
upon signature of both parties of the written 
agi'eement, and (2) 35 pei'centupon r-eceipt and 
approval of an acceptable final report. 




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Applications aie due to DNRC 

Notice of gi-ant awards 

Agreements are signed 
and projects begin 

Projects are completed, final 
reports and budgets arc due 

October 14, 1988 
November 25, 1988 

January 4, 1989 

June 15, 1989 

F^or furthc!' information, contact: 

Peggy Nelson 

Department of Natural Resources and Conservation 

1520 East Sixth Avenue 

Helena, MT 59620-2301