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Best Summer Ever 2022 Application

To apply, complete the attached application form, including a detailed budget, and send to Dakota Staggs ( cc Lauren Mott ( with a letter of support from either the district superintendent or building principal by no later than April 15 at 5pm CST.  

Best Summer Ever grant categories are:  

  • Environmental / Conservation Programming  
    • Gardening and Outdoor Classrooms 
    • Environmental Service 
    • Youth-identified topics 
  • Youth-Driven Programming  
    • Entrepreneurship 
    • Youth-identified topics 
  • Service-Learning / Civic Engagement programming  
    • Youth-Voice 
    • Environmental Action Civics designed by Earth Force
    • Youth-identified topics

Grant applicants should incorporate the following in their programming proposal: 

  • Align your ELO program with your district’s goals for summer experiences, that complement but not duplicate these experiences 
  • Include a letter of support from superintendent or principal 
  • Engage youth in community-based learning – bringing community expertise in and getting youth out in the community 
  • Should include, where possible, STEM, including Tech and other tool-rich experiences 
  • Should include, where possible, connections to future learning / careers 

Ideas for a successful application: 

  • Tap into our Centers of Excellence for guidance / advice / strategies 
  • Use our BSB Curriculum / Toolkit to facilitate programming and engage your community 
  • Use a blended learning approach 
  • HS Students as facilitators and College students as content experts  
  • Categorize budget amounts (family engagement, field trips, student staff, etc.). Where possible, itemize supplies.  
  • Use our sample proposals as templates (see below) to jump start your program.