August 23, 2011

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama Invasive Plant Council (ALIPC) Education and Outreach Grant Program

Request for Proposals – FY 2012 | Proposal Due Date – October 31, 2011

The Alabama Invasive Plant Council is soliciting grant proposals for non-native invasive
plant education and outreach projects in the State of Alabama. The intent of this grant is
to provide funding to organizations or individuals who wish to educate the public about
non-native invasive plants and their effects on the environment, economy, and quality of
life in Alabama. Proposals will be accepted from individuals, public or private nonprofit
organizations, and academic institutions.

The application form may be found on the Alabama Invasive Plant Council website
( This grant may not be used to fund capital expense items
(sprayers, chainsaws, machinery, herbicide, etc.), or large-scale herbicide application
activities. Requests for funding should not exceed $1000.00 and all funds awarded are
to be used within one year of receipt. If full funding is not available, partial funding may
be awarded.

Recipient(s) must present a summary of results to the Alabama Invasive Plant Council
Board. This summary must include a copy of the program agenda and/or educational
materials created, and an evaluation of the program’s effectiveness including
description of the target audience and number of attendees. In addition, the recipient(s)
may be asked to present a summary or a status presentation of the grant project at the
annual Alabama Invasive Plant Council conference held each spring. All printing and
use rights of grant project summaries will revert to the Alabama Invasive Plant Council.
The Alabama Invasive Plant Council will review all grant proposals. Award letters will be
sent via electronic mail within 90 days of acceptance.

Evaluation Criteria
Award preference will be given to proposals that meet some or all of the following

  • Involve a plant or plants listed on the ALIPC List of Invasive Plant Species (found
  • Educational programs that reach a broader segment of the community will have
  • Include partnerships (please specify type and degree of involvement for partner
  • Demonstrate matching funds or in-kind contributions - in-kind contributions may
    include donated materials, supplies, facilities, or services;
  • Increase and promote local community awareness of non-native plants through
    local schools, charities, volunteer events, web site development, or the
    development and distribution of educational materials;
  • Heighten community awareness about non-native invasive plant identification,
    impacts, control, or prevention;
  • First time applicants will receive prioritized evaluation, although repeat applicants
    will be considered.



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