Community Stewardship Projects

Providing Tools & Resources to Deepen Your Impact


In partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), IslandWood is facilitating stewardship projects that address issues affecting watersheds in our communities. If you’re a community-based organization (CBO) looking to deepen your work, or a teacher with an idea for a project to connect classroom learning to real-world environmental issues, we want to hear from you! Once we’ve received your submission, we’ll reach out to you to let you know if it’s been selected. If so, we’ll work with you to clarify any additional details, develop a project timeline, and connect you with a supporting partner, if necessary.


Thank you to the EPA for awarding IslandWood an environmental education grant in support of this project.


  • Fill out online application form (scroll down the page to find links to the forms for teachers and CBOs)
  • If your project proposal is approved, Partnerships Manager Celina Steiger ( will reach out to have a follow up conversation in order to: 
    • Clarify fit of project, budget, timeline, etc. 
    • Answer any additional questions  
  • The CBO submits project paperwork, including: 
    • Scope of Work (a brief description of your goals, background to the project, deliverables, and timeline) 
    • Budget 
    • Contract form (including a brief project description; this form will require the CBO DUNS number and must be signed by the CBO and IslandWood)
  • Start your project, and have fun! 
    • Take photos along the way to document your progress!
  • Submit receipts and an invoice for reimbursement once the project is complete 
  • Submit a final report
    • Ideally no more than 2 pages
    • Can be in a simple bullet-point form
    • Please include photos that IslandWood can use when sharing about your project!
Urban School Programs Coordinator Celina Steiger stands in a circle with Community Waters students while they investigate a puddle on the sidewalk.

For Teachers & School Groups


We are thrilled to be able to support teachers and students in making a positive impact on their communities through environmental stewardship projects. Projects for 3rd – 8th grade students will be prioritized, but funding is not restricted to this age group. Project funds cannot go directly to teachers or schools, but must go to a 501(c)3 partnership organization, who you will then work with to complete the project. (Please note that this partnership organization could be a Parent Teacher Association). If you do not have an organization in mind, we can help connect you with one!

For Community-Based Organizations


Are you a part of an organization that’s already doing stewardship work in your community? Do you have a new idea in mind, or want to deepen the impact of an existing project? We’re here to support! Read on to learn more about how to apply for funding.

Possible Project Ideas


Want to get a sense of the projects we’re looking to fund? Looking for inspiration? These are just a few of many potential project ideas:

  • Wetland restoration
  • Tree planting
  • Building a rain garden or other form of green stormwater infrastructure
  • Greenspace clean up work
  • Creating signage, artwork, writing, a podcast, or another form of media to inspire environmental stewardship



We hope this will help answer some of the questions you may have. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Celina Steiger at

For Teachers

For CBOs

For Both Teachers & CBOs

Connect With Us


Have a question or want more information? Please reach out to Partnerships Manager Celina Steiger at We’re looking forward to connecting with you!

This publication was developed under Assistance Agreement No. NE-01J57301-0 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed in this document are solely those of IslandWood. EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned in this publication.