The Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition (SEMIS) is issuing funds during the 2016-2017 school year to support teachers and community educators in shaping meaningful place-based inquiry experiences with students and communities that are focused on Great Lakes Literacy and connecting students in deeper ways to their watersheds. Additionally, SEMIS is focused on helping young people engage in informed civic action that uses wisdom and knowledge gained from PBE experiences for the public good. This proposal will document a critical and ongoing planning conversation between teachers, students, community educators, and SEMIS staff.

Proposals should articulate the nature of the project, main place-based experiences that will launch and develop the place-based inquiry, the process used to develop the inquiry, alignment with SEMIS Coalition goals, and how funds will be spent. Funding for the 2016-2017 school year is coming from a grant received from our partner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through its Bay Watershed Education Training (B-WET) program. Additional funding has been secured by SEMIS through grants focused on developing youth civic voice and local community issues.

Eligible Requests for Support will be funded between $500 - $1500 based on need, degree of embeddedness within larger questions of inquiry, alignment with stated criteria and goals, and fund availability.

Final proposals submitted by November 18, 2016 will be given preference. Funding is allocated on a rolling basis and is limited so early submission is recommended. No proposals will be accepted after Friday December 2, 2016.

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