Final Report Forms and Instructions

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 Final Report Instructions

You can find these instructions listed on the Final Report Form.
1. Assessment
Submit up to two typed pages containing the following information:
• description of the project;
• how the habitat area was incorporated into the school curriculum;
• activities undertaken by students through all phases of the project;
• community notification about the project (media, open house, etc.);
• how funds were expended.
2. A Sample of Student Activities/Lessons Conducted at the Site
3. A Copy of any Articles or Other Publicity Given to the Site
4. Required Photographs
A. You are required to send images of the habitat location as it appears before, during and after the project. Some images should include students working on the project as proof that they participated. We will not use any images containing students, but the IDNR does reserve the right to use the other images of your project in our promotion of the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grant program across our various platforms.
B. Please send the images in digital format. You can email them to or store them on a CD or USB drive and send them with your Final Report. If you email the photos, please indicate your name and the name of the school in your message(s). We cannot use photos that are printed on paper, so please do not send printed images.
5. Acknowledgments
Please remember to include the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Jadel Youth Fund, the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation and the Illinois Conservation Foundation as sponsors of this grant program in any publicity regarding the grant project.
6. Reimbursement
Your school district/organization will be reimbursed for approved purchases through this grant award. Only the items approved by the judges will be reimbursed. See your grant award letter for the items approved for purchase. Complete and submit a Payment Request Form. You must send a copy of your school’s/organization’s payment to the vendor (canceled check or other document showing payment in full) as well as a copy of the original invoice in order to be reimbursed. You may submit payment requests at any time. You can submit them individually or all at once. We encourage you to submit payment requests as soon as you have the paperwork from your purchases. If you submit them in advance of the Final Report, they do not need to be submitted again with the Final Report. If you have any questions at all about payments, please call 217-524-4126 or email
7. Submission
Send the completed Final Report Form and accompanying Items to the following address by November 30, 2021.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Division of Education
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
8. “Thank You” Notes
The Jadel Youth Fund and the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation have made the Illinois Schoolyard Habitat Action Grants possible by their generous donations and continuing support of this program. Please take a moment and write a “thank you” note to each of these organizations. Enclose the notes in your final report, and they will be forwarded to the appropriate organization. They will be very pleased to hear that their efforts are appreciated.