The Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society (TCSS) Board of
Directors voted in May, 2002 to create an Educational Outreach
Program with the School Grant Program to be the first part of this
new endeavor. The program will be kicked off in the Fall for the
2002/2003 school year and hopefully will continue each school year.
The objective is to provide
funds to teachers so that they have a means to help expand practical
knowledge about cactus & succulents to their students (K through 12)
By making monetary grants available to
teachers , ($100 to $750 per grant) they can obtain materials and
supplies for classroom teaching and projects. Hopefully these can be
used to assist with native plant studies or projects being
integrated into core subjects such as reading, math, writing,
science, geography, and social studies.
The Educational Outreach Program is funded by donations
to TCSS ear-marked for this program and from 25% of all TCSS Cactus
Rescue profits. Cactus Rescue is a TCSS volunteer activity to save
cacti destined to be hauled to the dump due to clearing land for
new development. These cacti are sold to members and the public
for a small profit.
The TCSS is an all volunteer non-profit (501(c)3) group which includes
individuals that are commercial plant growers, educators, scientists,
engineers, and business people as well as avid cactus & succulent
hobbyists. Many of these individuals are available to assist
with technical advice or in others ways. Teachers many want to
tap into on this vast pool of knowledge and skills.
Elementary, Middle, and High Schools in Arizona are eligible to participate. All that is needed to get started is a Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society Grant Proposal Request Form. It has the conditions and details listed at the top of the form.
A teacher who wishes to participate writes a simple grant request proposal which pertains to cactus and succulents in some manner. A grant outline is provided (Grant Proposal Request Form) and is submitted to TCSS by email or mail to our PO Box listed below and also listed on the form. The request will be reviewed and judged by a TCSS panel.
will include such items as: how many students will be impacted, can
the program be used in subsequent years, how does it integrate with
improving knowledge and/or skills in core subjects, and how creative
is the project or plans. All proposals will be reviewed within 4 to
6 weeks and presented to our TCSS Board for approval or denial. If
approved a check will be mailed to the applicant within 2 to 4
Questions/Suggestions: Email Schools@TucsonCactus.org
Tucson Cactus & Succulent Society
PO Box 64759
Tucson, AZ 85728-4759