Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Environmental Studies

Mark Schwiebert  established the Mark W. Schwiebert Fund for Environmental Studies in 2016 to fund programs that educate the public on environmental challenges posed by climate change and natural resource depletion. It also funds environmental research projects aimed at counteracting these challenges through sustainable and/or synergistic products or applications.

Nonprofit organizations, universities, colleges and governmental organizations are eligible to apply for this grant. Preference will be given to organizations serving Henry, Mercer or Rock Island Counties in Illinois and Clinton, Muscatine or Scott Counties in Iowa.

Evaluation Criteria 

  • Projects should have a clear purpose and benefit in either educating the public or conducting research aimed at reducing or minimizing the effects of climate change and/or environmental depletion.
  • Projects should be financially feasible, giving consideration to all sources of support funding the project.
  • Projects should be technically feasible within the parameters of resources available for the project.
  • Prior experience of the applicant organization in educating the public or conducting research will be considered.
  • Projects should create an excellent return on investment in realizing goals relevant to the purpose of the fund relative to dollars awarded.

 Examples of possible projects or programs:

  • Funding speaker’s fee of recognized experts in conservation or sustainable practices.
  • Funding research project for the Upper Mississippi watershed.
  • Funding research in utilizing sustainable energy sources.

In 2017, grants of up to $2,500  will be available. Both one-year and two-year grants are available.

Timeline and Application Instructions
In 2017, applications will be accepted from February 1 to April 30. Grants will be awarded in June 2017. 

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