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 and further invest in Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (EDAI) at outdoor school, the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program is offering this 2022 Professional Development and High School Leadership grant.
The 2022 Professional Development and High School Leadership grant will fund EDAI-centered professional development, curriculum development and improvement, and high school leadership program development and improvement. We invite organizations involved in Oregon outdoor school (schools, districts, Education Service Districts (ESDs), sites, and providers) to submit applications to fund projects that reflect the Mission, Vision, and Values of the OSU Outdoor School program. Applications should include at least one of the following Professional Development Focus Areas:
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, curriculum improvement/development, and/or program planning. The Self-Evaluation Tools include:
The application system will open on Wednesday August 31, 2022, and close at 5:00pm December 31, 2022, or when available funds are depleted. Application review will begin (depending upon the applications received) no earlier than October 17, 2022. We encourage applicants to complete your online application and upload all required materials in advance of the due date; giving time to troubleshoot technological issues.
A link to the online application system can be found in the photo at the top of this page. The application system and our review teams will require that the application include:
Applications must include the following REQUIRED application components. If an application does not address all requirements, the project will not be funded.
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 “PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP 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 send the OSU Outdoor School program 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 Professional Development Grant funds.
Please note: The OSU 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 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to submitting your application to receive authorization to include equipment.
Note: Please see our Site Improvement Grant if you are in need of physical improvements to an outdoor school site to improve students’ outdoor school experience.
All tasks within the proposed project, including final reporting, must be completed by May 31, 2025.
 Matching or in-kind funds are defined as additional resources expended by the Grantee organization to further the grant objectives including material, equipment, personnel, and other grant funding.
If the scope of work is targeted towards increasing participation or improving the experience of students of a particular race, national origin or sex, students who do not fall into the applicable category may not be excluded from a benefit or activity because of their race, national origin, or sex. In other words, though scopes of work may be targeted towards increasing participation or improving the experience of students of particular races, national origins or sexes, all races, national origins and sexes of students must have equal opportunity to receive any benefit or participate in any activity that is part of the scope of work.