The Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service Outdoor School program is committed to supporting equitable and inclusive outdoor school programs for Oregon’s students as described in ORS 327.390. To support the outdoor school community’s efforts to ensure Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (EDAI), and to invest in innovative, EDAI-centered outdoor school participation improvement projects, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program is offering this 2022 Bridge to Outdoor School grant opportunity.
We invite individual organizations or partnerships of organizations involved in Oregon outdoor school (schools, districts, Education Service Districts (ESDs), providers, and sites) to submit applications to fund projects that:
Funded projects will identify obstacles to equitable participation in outdoor school and provide a plan for addressing those obstacles.
To receive funding, all projects must include the use of at least one of the OSU Outdoor School program’s Self-Evaluation Tools (available on the website) as part of the project's team discussion, training and/or program planning. The Self-Evaluation Tools include:
Questions may be submitted via email to Priscilla.Johnson@oregonstate.edu until September 16, 2022. The subject line should include the applicant (organization) name and “BRIDGE TO OUTDOOR SCHOOL GRANT”. All submitted questions (anonymized as necessary) and their answers will be posted on the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School website by October 1, 2022.
Once a grant has been approved, a contract will be sent for signature through DocuSign. The Grantee is responsible for assuring that their email system will accept OSU’s emails via DocuSign and that the organization’s grant manager will respond to the request for signature.
Grantees will submit an Initial Approval Request after the contract has been executed. The payment requested at this time is intended to permit project work from the time of grant execution until the first annual report period starts (April 1). Remaining disbursements will be requested annually after the grantee’s annual progress report (due on April 1 of each year) is approved.
Approved Grantees are required to submit annual progress reports on or before April 1 of each year, and a Final Report within one month of project completion. All reports will be to the Outdoor School program office using the same online system used to apply for the grant.
By April 1 of each year, Grantees must provide a Progress Report which will request:
Within one month of the scheduled end of their project, grantees must submit (using the online grant management system) their final report. The final report will ask:
In addition, Grantees must also upload electronic copies (in their original/editable format) of all materials (e.g., curriculum, training booklets, video recordings) created using grant funds. See Ownership of Work Products below for information about ownership and usage of work products created with Bridge to Outdoor School Grant funds.
Please note: The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program office (or their designated representative) reserves the right to request to attend or observe professional training sessions.
To the extent not inconsistent with the ownership rights of any other party, or any applicable licensing agreement, all work products or any form of property originated or prepared by Applicant which result from this grant are the property of Applicant; provided, however that such work product or property shall be available to the public-at-large under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International License. In addition, Applicant agrees that it will not use the work product or property for a commercial purpose.
Applicant further grants OSU a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual and irrevocable license to use and modify such work products and property, including but not limited to materials, information, and recordings developed, prepared, or used under this grant for any purpose OSU deems necessary, and will obtain all necessary releases to allow it to satisfy this obligation to OSU. Applicants using Contracted Services must include this provision in any contracts under this grant.
Consumable items purchased by Grantee and used during the completion of the project (including textbooks and training materials). Materials and Supplies may include portable electronics costing less than $2,500. Grantees cannot purchase materials to stock up for projects beyond the approved scope of work. Costs for meetings, trainings, workshops, and planning, including the implementation of any of the OSU Self-Evaluation Tools, are included within Materials and Supplies. Costs for materials provided by facilitators, consultants, or contracted trainers should be included within their contract in the Contracted Services category.
Overhead or administrative costs that cannot be readily identified to a specific project or function but are incurred by an organization (e.g., facilities, rent, administrative time, electricity, and telephone). Applicants can apply for up to 10% of the proposed budget in indirect costs. Grantees are not required to submit receipts for indirect costs within their grant reports.
All funded projects must include the use of at least one of the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program’s Self-Evaluation Tools (available on the Outdoor School website).
Funding cannot be used for previously completed work, fundraising events, religious activities, deficit funding, lobbying, the purchase of equipment, vehicles, mobile office units, real estate, or property. Equipment is defined as nonexpendable items with a useful life beyond the project and with a per unit cost of more than $2,500. If your project requires the purchase of equipment related to accessibility, please contact Priscilla Johnson (email@example.com) prior to submitting your application to receive authorization to include equipment.
All tasks within the proposed project, including final reporting, must be completed by May 31, 2025.