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CONTENTS:
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available
Two Competitive NGO's Released
Applicants Needed for Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program
Open Space stewardship Grants for Environmental Commissions
EE at EPA: Student and Teacher Award Applications Due March 1
Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities
National FUSE grants now available
SJ: January Sustainability Hero & Funding Opportunities
Hackensack Riverkeeper Accepting Applications for 2017 Environmental Scholarship
Freehold Soil Conservation District Scholarships
SJ: Grants, Technical Support and Training Opportunities!
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 National Youth Science Camp
SJ: Funding and FREE Technical Assistance Opportunities!
SJ4S: Need A Sustainability Grant?
Conserve Wildlife Grants Now Available to Nonprofit Groups
EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program
Announcing New Support for Family Nature Clubs
Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities
SUEZ Foundation Press Release - Grants
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship: $3000 per year for four years.....
New Grant & Resource Opportunities to Help Complete Sustainable Jersey Actions
Field Trip funding from Dodge
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
New NJNG school fundraiser
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
Find Federal Grant Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
Fruit Tree 101
EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
4imprint Grants
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Beetle incentive for youth projects
TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched
Student Opportunities Web Site
Environmental Justice Program Grants
Young Explorers Grants
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
Education Grants
NEA Student Achievement Grants
TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION GRANTS
BUILD AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AT YOUR SCHOOL GRANTS
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants
Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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                                  GreenSchools! Update
                                                       March 2017

PLT's GreenSchools! program inspires students to take personal responsibility for improving the environment at their school, at home, and in their community

Spring is nearly here and we wish you and your students a productive season, learning and growing with environmental education resources from Project Learning Tree!

PLT-GreenWorks-logoGreenWorks! Grants Now Available
Do you have an idea for a service-learning project for your students to improve the environment at your school or in your community? Apply for a GreenWorks! grant from Project Learning Tree to help get your project off the ground. To be eligible, applicants must have attended a PLT workshop, either in-person or online.


EEWeek2017

National Environmental Education Week
A program of NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation), EE Week takes place this year from April 23-29. Make plans to engage your students this week in environmentally-themed lessons and activities in the classroom, after school, at a local park, or in another setting. Register for EE Week for ideas, toolkits and other resources.


Green Tips

Green Tips of the Month

  • Avoid cleaners that contain phosphates as a water softener. Phosphates appear in a number of cleaners, for example some dishwashing liquids, and promote rapid algae growth which pollutes the water supply.
  • Encourage your school to use third party certified green cleaning products. Two certifiers with standards for institutional cleaners used in schools are Green Seal and EcoLogo. Products must meet these published standards in order to receive the certified label. Each certification program is different, so it is important to familiarize yourself with the various standards if you are going to suggest that your school uses them.
  • Household plants can help clean your indoor air by absorbing toxins. Check out these 15 plants for improving indoor air quality.
  • Learn how Central High School’s Green Team used plants to remove carbon dioxide from their school.


Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

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Two Competitive NGO's Released             (Posted: 3-16-17)

The Expanded Learning Program Activities (ELPA) competitive NGO is a federally-funded pilot project developed to support enrichment and engaging academic activities that are included as part of an expanded learning program that provides students at least 300 additional program hours before, during, or after the traditional school day; 2) supplements but does not supplant regular school day requirements; and 3) is carried out by entities that meet the federal priority requirements. This pilot project will provide a total of $750,000 for a total of three regional pilot sites.  The NJDOE will award up to $250,000 annually for 3 years to only 3 applicants.  It is intended to support high-quality activities that assist students, in any grade 3 through 12, who are most at-risk of academic failure.  Applicants must be submitted as a joint partnership that consists of at least one local educational agency (LEA), which includes charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions and special services school districts receiving funds under Title I, Part A and another eligible entity.  See NGO for complete details.

The 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) competitive NGO is a federally-funded program developed to supported out-of-school time programs in New Jersey, which include before-school, afterschool or summer enrichment, to provide engaging youth-centered skill building and academic enrichment activities to students, in any grade 3 through 12.  The 21st CCLC program will provide a total of $2.75 million to approximately 5-10 eligible entities for 5 years. Under Title IV, Part B of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 21st CCLC are defined as centers that provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students meet the challenging State academic standards and offer a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities, service learning, nutrition and health education, drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, arts, music, physical fitness and wellness programs, technology education programs, financial literacy programs, environmental literacy programs, mathematics, science, career and technical programs, internship or apprenticeship programs, and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students.  Additionally, applicants must provide activities to the adult family members of these students.  See NGO for complete details.

Separate technical assistance sessions are scheduled and information regarding registering for each session is listed in Section 1 of each NGO.  

Haydee Y. Perez-Livingston, MSW

Coordinator, Extended Learning Opportunities Unit

Office of Student Support Services

New Jersey Department of Education

100 River View Plaza

P.O Box 500

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-5935 (o)

609-341-3394 (w)

609-633-9655 (f)

email: haydee.perez@doe.state.nj.us  

website: http://www.state.nj.us/education/21cclc

Applicants Needed for Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program             (Posted: 3-8-17)

Save Barnegat Bay is accepting applications (due by March 31st) for the 2017 Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program. Please help get the word out to prospective applicants about this great opportunity. Barnegat Bay Student Grant Program
Summer 2017 Opportunity
http://www.barnegatbaystudentgrant.org/

Water Quality Team project Application (3 Students)
http://www.barnegatbaystudentgrant.org/water-quality-studies/water-quality-team-project-application/

Sedge Island Marine Conservation Team Project Application (3 Students)
http://www.barnegatbaystudentgrant.org/simcz-studies/mcz-team-project-application/

Independent Project Application (2 to 3 Students)
http://www.barnegatbaystudentgrant.org/independent-projects/independent-research-project-application/

Important 2017 Grant Dates
Regular Application Period (Projects beginning in May):
February 1st - Applications Accepted
March 31st - Applications Due by 5pm to Save Barnegat Bay
April 14th - Notification of Candidate Awards
April 24th - Project Orientation Meeting
July 5th - Mid-point Project Presentation (All Projects)
" Written submission of mid-term update
" Oral presentation (with PowerPoint) of project to date
" Review of your journal and entries to date
August 11th - Final Presentation (includes PowerPoint and poster)
August 18th - Final Written Research Report and Summary Due (includes journals)

Open Space stewardship Grants for Environmental Commissions             (Posted: 2-21-17)

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EE at EPA: Student and Teacher Award Applications Due March 1             (Posted: 2-17-17)

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Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities             (Posted: 2-17-17)

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

1.    Coastal Resilience Grants FY 2017, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

2.    Tribal Heritage Grants, National Park Service

3.    Agricultural Marketing Service Grants, United States Department of Agriculture

4.    Regional Conservation Partnership Program, United States Department of Agriculture

1. Coastal Resilience Grants FY 2017, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Details at https://www.coast.noaa.gov/resilience-grant/

Applications close March 15, 2017.

Funding amount: $100,000 to $2,000,000

The objective of the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants program, jointly administered by NOAA's National Ocean Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, is to implement projects that build resilient U.S. coastal communities, economies and ecosystems.

The NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program will support two categories of activities: 1) Strengthening Coastal Communities: activities that improve capacity of multiple coastal jurisdictions (states, counties, municipalities, territories and tribes) to prepare and plan for, absorb impacts of, recover from, and/or adapt to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards; or 2) Habitat Restoration: activities that restore habitat to strengthen the resilience of coastal ecosystems and decrease the vulnerability of coastal communities to extreme weather events and climate-related hazards. Eligible applicants are regional organizations, institutions of higher education, non-profit and for-profit organizations, U.S. territories and states, Native American tribes, and local governments as defined at 2 C.F.R. 200.64, which includes counties, municipalities, and cities.

2. Tribal Heritage Grants, National Park Service

Details at http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291199/

Applications close March 27, 2017.

Funding amount: $5,000 to $60,000

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to Federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration. Grants may fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for cultural resources including: survey, inventory, oral histories, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair.

3. Agricultural Marketing Service Grants, United States Department of Agriculture

Details at https://www.ams.usda.gov/press-release/usda-announces-27-million-grants-available-support-local-food-sector

Applications close March 27, 2017.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service announces the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. The Local Food Promotion Program offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.

The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. The Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program provides matching funds to State Departments of Agriculture, State agricultural experiment stations, and other appropriate State agencies to assist in exploring new market opportunities for U.S. food and agricultural products, and to encourage research and innovation aimed at improving the efficiency and performance of the marketing system.

4. Regional Conservation Partnership Program, United States Department of Agriculture

Details at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/farmbill/rcpp/

Pre-applications due April 21, 2017.

Funding amount: Up to $10,000,000

Through this fourth Regional Conservation Partnership Program Announcement for Program Funding, NRCS will award up to $252 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation's water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability. Through Regional Conservation Partnership Program, NRCS works with partners to provide a combination of financial and technical assistance to help producers implement conservation practices. Applications will be accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Applicants must match or exceed the federal award with private or local funds. The NRCS national office will host multiple webinars about the pre-application and full project application processes.

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National FUSE grants now available             (Posted: 1-26-17)

We're excited to announce that FUSE is now accepting applications from schools across the US to receive funding to implement FUSE for two years.

Each grant will provide support for two years of programming starting in the fall of 2017, including 3D printer, software, scaffolded STEAM activities, consumables and website access: a $26,000 value. Up to 21 schools will be awarded grants for the 2017-18 school year. Applications close February 24th.

Click HERE.

SJ: January Sustainability Hero & Funding Opportunities             (Posted: 1-19-17)

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Hackensack Riverkeeper Accepting Applications for 2017 Environmental Scholarship             (Posted: 1-19-17)

Environmental organization also accepting donations to support the 2017 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship fund

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2017 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its seventeenth year the program, named in honor of the late Ridgefield, NJ science teacher and founding Riverkeeper Trustee, helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment to protecting the environment.

Seniors at sixty-six high schools in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland Counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2017. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers?led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students' academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities and future plans. The winner of the unrestricted award (up to $1,000) will be announced by June 1.

Additional information and full application criteria are available by emailing Carola at Hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org; or calling him at 201-968-0808 x102.

One requirement that must be met in order for a student to be considered is that all applicants must live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed and/or attend a school within that region. A list of watershed municipalities is available on the Hackensack Riverkeeper website. For those residing in bi-watershed communities like Jersey City, Paramus or Ramapo, nominators are cautioned to ensure a student's eligibility before submitting an application. Hardcopies of the scholarship criteria have already been mailed to the Guidance Directors at all sixty-six schools.

Hackensack Riverkeeper's 2016 Vellekamp scholar was Jason DiGiacinto of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ who is currently attending the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. In his application, DiGiacinto wrote that he wants to study Marine Biology with the understanding that his education will lead him to "…be out on the water and working hands-on with marine life to protect and save them."

"As somewhat of an 'old salt' myself, I can certainly appreciate Jason's desire to be on the water as part of his career," said Sheehan. "But beyond that, what impressed all of us was his greater desire to do the right thing for marine wildlife."

Those without a high school senior in the family but who support their local best and brightest students can participate in the program by making a donation to the scholarship fund. Donations to the Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship are tax-deductible and can be made by check or online. Fully 100% of all such donations will go to the fund.

Freehold Soil Conservation District Scholarships             (Posted: 1-12-17)

Three $2,000 Scholarships to be awarded in 2017

Freehold Soil Conservation District will award three $2,000 scholarships to students majoring in a conservation-related field in the summer of 2017. The Neal Munch, Mac Clark and Bill Schauer Scholarships are awarded annually to honor their years of dedicated and distinguished service to Freehold District and to conservation. This will mark the 38th consecutive year that Freehold Soil Conservation District will award college scholarships.

All applicants must be:
" A New Jersey resident of Monmouth or Middlesex County
" Entering junior or senior year of college by the fall of 2017
" Majoring in a field related to conservation including, but not limited to: agriculture, environmental education, environmental science, environmental studies, forestry, geology, landscape design, resource management, soil science, etc.

Applications are available online at www.freeholdsoil.org under Education, by email to hreynolds@freeholdscd.org, or by calling (732)683-8500.
Application deadline is April 28, 2017.

SJ: Grants, Technical Support and Training Opportunities!             (Posted: 12-23-16)

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Applications are being accepted for the 2017 National Youth Science Camp             (Posted: 12-14-16)

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 National Youth Science Camp

The NATIONAL YOUTH SCIENCE CAMP is an honors program for two high achieving high school students from each state in the United States and others from around the world. This residential summer experience is held in a rustic setting in West Virginia's eastern mountains and has honored and challenged over 5,000 participants since it began in 1963. More information about the NYSC can be found at http://www.nysf.com/w/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/NYSC-Handout-2017-RS.pdf.

Questions about the can be directed to Michael Heinz at michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us.

Michael Heinz, Science Coordinator
Office of Academics
Division of Teaching and Learning
New Jersey Department of Education
PO Box 500
100 Riverview Plaza, Trenton, NJ 08625
michael.heinz@doe.state.nj.us

SJ: Funding and FREE Technical Assistance Opportunities!             (Posted: 12-12-16)

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SJ4S: Need A Sustainability Grant?             (Posted: 11-18-16)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
224 Districts     549 Schools     Participating
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants 
Support Sustainability Actions
 
Don't miss the opportunity to apply for this 2017 funding opportunity with Sustainable Jersey for Schools! PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program.  With this contribution, the PSEG foundation has provided over $1.3 million dollars in funding to support local sustainability initiatives in municipalities and schools across the state.  

Visit the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants & Resources page to learn more about funding for registered schools to support action related sustainability initiatives. 

Application Deadline is February 3, 2017. Click here for more information. 

INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR:  December 1, 2016 3:30-4:30pm.  Register 
 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!

Camden County
Pennsauken Public Schools
Longfellow Elementary School (Pennsauken)
Roosevelt Elementary School (Pennsauken)
Winslow Township School District

Cape May County
Ocean City High School

Essex County
Millburn Middle School

Hunterdon County
Delaware Valley Regional School District
Delaware Valley Regional High School
 Middlesex County
John F. Kennedy Elementary School (Jamesburg)

 Monmouth County
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School District

 Somerset County
Warren Township School District
Angelo Tomaso Elementary School (Warren)
Woodland Elementary School (Warren)
USDA Farm to School Grant Program 
Request for Applications Now Available 
 
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Visit USDA the information page here. 
Application Deadline: December 8, 2016
NJDEP Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program

With funding from the Conserve Wildlife License Plate renewal fund, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife's Endangered and Nongame Species Program (ENSP) offers small matching grants for projects that advance nongame wildlife conservation and education. Approved projects are funded on a single-year basis and must be located in New Jersey. Grants are awarded every other year.

The total amount available through the Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program in 2017 is $39,000 The maximum request per proposal is $3,500 ($1,000 is the minimum). This is a 1:1 matching grant; therefore grant funds cannot exceed 50% of the total project cost. At least 25% of the grantee's share of project funding must be monetary, and the remainder may be from in-kind support.

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) organizations are eligible to apply.  Partner with your School Foundation or a local environmental nonprofit to bring project funds to your school.  

Application deadline December 15, 2015. 
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
DECEMBER 8, 2016 9:30-3:30PM or
JANUARY 20, 2017 9:30-3:30, Trenton, NJ
In the one-day sessions, participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Board members will receive three board member academy credits for participation in this working session.Register for this free training here.

DECEMBER 1 & 14, 2016, 4:00P- 5:00PM, Free Webinar Series
Eco-Schools USA
*Please note that student led energy audits do not meet the criteria for the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Energy Audit action, but can serve as practical educational tools. Eco-Schools is an international program, hosted in the US by the National Wildlife Federation. 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

SCHOOL INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING 2016-2016
NJ Association for Designated Persons, NJDEP, NJ School Buildings & Grounds Association
Throughout the state, every month beginning in November
See the complete schedule for dates & locations  here. 
NJ DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, Podcast series (ongoing)
"Discover DEP" 

We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainable Jersey for Schools
Sustainability Institute at the College of New Jersey
Forcina Hall, 3rd Floor
2000 Pennington Rd.
Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

Conserve Wildlife Grants Now Available to Nonprofit Groups             (Posted: 11-16-16)

Click HERE.

And the Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program webpage is HERE.

EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program             (Posted: 10-28-16)


CONTACT:
Christie St. Clair (News Media Only)
(202) 564-2880
stclair.christie@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2016

 

EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program

WASHINGTON - More than 4,400 environmental educators will gain training and leadership opportunities in 2017 through a new cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).

EPA is funding up to $10.8 million over five years through the agency’s teacher training program, formally known as the National Environmental Education Training Program (NEETP).

“Environmental educators help learners of all ages understand and value the ecosystems around them,” said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “The teacher training program gives educators access to the best classroom and out-of-classroom materials and professional development opportunities, focused on using the environment as a platform for learning science, technology, engineering and math skills to improve decision-making.”

NAAEE will launch a five-year program called “ee360,” starting in 2017. The association is bringing together a broad collection of partners: Antioch University, the Center for Diversity and the Environment, Earth Force, the NAAEE Affiliate Network, Project Learning Tree, Stanford University, the University of Oregon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. National Park Service, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Forest Service.

NAAEE and these partners will train professionals to deliver high-quality environmental education in formal and non-formal education settings. In the first year, ee360 aims to train more than 4,400 educators. The partners will also strengthen the field by building infrastructure through leadership clinics, developing state certification programs, using technology, expanding access to resources, and researching the value of environmental education. 

Since 1992, EPA’s teacher training program has funded training, helped universities and states develop accredited certification programs, and promoted the national Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence. 

For more information on the teacher training program, visit: https://www.epa.gov/education/national-environmental-education-training-program

For more information on NAAEE, visit: www.naaee.org


Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20460 United States

Announcing New Support for Family Nature Clubs             (Posted: 10-28-16)

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Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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SUEZ Foundation Press Release - Grants             (Posted: 6-29-16)

SUEZ NORTH AMERICA FOUNDATION TO AWARD $50,000 IN ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS

Officials have announced today that the SUEZ North America Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SUEZ North America, will award 50 grants of $1000 each to organizations and projects dedicated to the environmental sustainability of communities across the country.

“The SUEZ North America Foundation continues its mission to award grants for projects that demonstrate good environmental stewardship and have a positive impact on our society,” said Ed Wallace, executive director. “With 50 total grants available, the intent is to spread the awards to as many organizations as possible.”

Eligible organizations must be designated a 501(c)(3) charity, and preference will be given to groups within SUEZ’s service territories. All applications will be reviewed by a SUEZ North America Foundation panel, and applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in writing. Grant applications are available online at: www.mysuezwater.com.

Since 2009, the SUEZ North America Foundation has distributed grants in excess of $4 million, supporting almost 200 projects, including Hackensack Riverkeeper, Hackensack, NJ, which works to protect the environmental quality of the Hackensack River and its watershed; Operation SPLASH, a non-profit based in Freeport, NY, whose volunteers spend thousands of hours each year cleaning local waterways, educating the public about the plight of the bays from Washington, DC, to Albany, NY; and The World is our Classroom, Springfield, MA, which provides instruction in physical, earth, environmental and life sciences, technology and engineering design.

Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship: $3000 per year for four years.....             (Posted: 3-8-16)

The Nature Center of Cape May is pleased to announce that the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund is being offered for a sixth year in a row. This work-study program provides recipients with a $3,000 award for each year through-out four years of college. Administered by Nature Center Director, Gretchen Whitman, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of our shared natural resources.

The fund was established by long time New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers, Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who died in 1984 after a long and courageous battle with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. The Nuessles sought to honor their son's memory by providing a benefit for other young people from Cape May County.

According to Mrs. Nuessle, "We know that Randy would have loved the Nature Center and taking part in its activities. As a youngster, his happiest days were spent exploring the sandy beaches of the Jersey shore and swimming in the ocean. Later, when he could no longer walk, he was still able to move confidently and easily through the water."

This scholarship is unique in that it not only provides funding to be used towards the recipient's college education, but it also offers valuable work experience through the internship with the Nature Center of Cape May. As a work study scholarship, selected students are obligated to serve as interns during the school year or summer for a total of 150 hours. In addition, the Nature Center staff serves as the intern supervisors and assist students and their schools in obtaining college credit under the school's cooperative education programs. In every respect, the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund is a win-win-win opportunity for the student, the community and New Jersey Audubon, and affords a clear model of a couple whose answer to a personal heartache was to demonstrate a model of "giving back."

Eligibility for the fund is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee, composed of members representing the Nature Center of Cape May and the Cape May community, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.

Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email: Gretchen.whitman@njaudubon.org.

New Grant & Resource Opportunities to Help Complete Sustainable Jersey Actions             (Posted: 2-26-16)

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Field Trip funding from Dodge             (Posted: 1-13-16)

Field trips have the power to awaken, hush, awe, enrich and change lives of our children by taking students out of familiar surroundings into new places, connecting classroom learning with real-life experiences and enabling them to envision themselves as future college students, researchers, artists, and leaders.

But it has become difficult for schools to fund learning opportunities outside schools.

It's true even in New Jersey, home to a rich ecosystem of arts and cultural institutions, a diverse natural landscape and a wide range of higher education resources. Districts across the state are sending students on fewer field trips, with an increasing number of schools passing the bill to parent groups. Studies show that the lack of resources is exacerbated in districts where schools are serving a higher proportion of low-income and at-risk children and their families.

That's why the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the Community Foundation of New Jersey are establishing a field trip endowment fund to launch Field Trip New Jersey.

Field Trip New Jersey will provide $100,000 in funds annually to help school children in underserved communities across New Jersey access the arts and culture, historical landmarks, nature preserves and science institutions, and college campuses. The fund will make field trips possible for more students across an even wider range of disciplines and interest areas.

Click HERE.

EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals             (Posted: 9-29-15)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters Small Grants program is currently requesting proposals!

Under this announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website at http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping.

The complexity and widespread impact of urban runoff pollution requires various levels of government and local stakeholders (e.g., community residents, local businesses, etc.) to work together in developing effective and long-term solutions with multiple benefits. EPA supports and empowers communities, especially underserved communities, that are working on solutions to address multiple community needs, and fostering successful collaborative partnerships. Projects should address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution; provide additional community benefits; actively engage underserved communities; and foster partnership.

The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million. EPA expects each award to range from $40,000 to $60,000. EPA Regional Offices will award the cooperative agreements resulting from this announcement. It is anticipated that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon Agency funding levels, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.

Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal at www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants

The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder             (Posted: 8-7-15)

The grant finder database contains information on more than a hundred grant opportunities that may be of interest to watershed and other environmental groups throughout New Jersey.

Click HERE.

Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery             (Posted: 7-23-15)

Click HERE.

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Sponsored by Wild Ones
Deadline: October 15, annually
States: National
Description: Through the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program, small grants are awarded annually to schools, nature centers, and other nonprofits in the United States for projects that focus on appreciation for nature through the use of and teaching about native plants. Students must be involved in all phases of development, including project planning. Examples of projects include enhancing schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and more.
Click HERE.

New NJNG school fundraiser             (Posted: 2-7-14)

New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) just re-launched their Conserve to Preserve (CTP) Community Rewards program, a unique FREE fundraising opportunity that allows schools in their service territory to raise up to $5,000. Schools that register to participate can earn $5 for each NJNG customer who successfully completes the FREE online home energy assessment tool, CTP Dashboard. Plus schools can earn even more if participants have a home energy audit performed by NJNG's The SAVEGREEN Project® team.

Help us spread the word about this new program. Encourage your friends and family to let principals and PTA presidents at schools in NJNG's service territory know about this great fundraising initiative. They can learn more at the NJNG CTP Community Rewards webpage. http://www.njng.com/save-energy-money/ctp/communityrewards.asp

Grants.gov Applicant Training Video             (Posted: 8-8-13)

Just in time for the rollout of the new look and feel to the Grants.gov website, the Program Management Office has developed a “Find and Apply” training video.  In the video, potential applicants will receive a walk-thru of what to expect once the new site is released. Have a look; send us comments; and, feel free to share the link with your colleagues and agency’s applicant community.

http://youtu.be/8HLFoOoVGQY

And, again, we appreciate those who participated in our user acceptance testing and all of you for your cooperation and patience as we enter into the next phase of Grants.gov!


Nicole Daniel
Communications Lead
Grants.gov Program Management Office
Department of Health and Human Services
Nicole.Daniel@hhs.gov
202.205.5890

Find Federal Grant Opportunities             (Posted: 6-28-11)

All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov.
Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about Grants.gov and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.
View the home page at www07.grants.gov/index.jsp

Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors             (Posted: 2-2-11)

The application period for the Russell A. Cookingham Scholarship has opened. Wildlife/Fisheries majors, or Conservation Education/Communications majors whohave at least 15 credits in the biological sciences, may apply for this $1000 scholarship.Students can be enrolled at any university but must be New Jersey residents.The NJ Chapter of The Wildlife Society manages the endowment fund and awards the scholarship.
Details about the scholarship, including the application form, can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/cookhmschol.htm on the division's website.

Fruit Tree 101             (Posted: 6-18-10)

The Fruit Tree 101 program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels across the country to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition. Orchard donations involve, on average, 20-25 trees minimum, as well as materials, orchard installation design work and onsite environmental curriculum. Learn more 

EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available             (Posted: 10-19-09)

TWO EPA PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN ENVIRONMENT RELATED FIELDS.
FOR DETAILS, GO TO THE WEB SITE AT END OF DESCRIPTION

STAR Graduate Fellowship Program
Encourage promising students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers in environmentally related fields
Support basic and applied research in environmentally-related research areas conducted by the nations’ best and brightest students

GRO Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Encourage promising students to pursue careers in environmentally related fields and to continue their education beyond the baccalaureate level
Stimulate and support interest in environmentally related research and development at institutions of higher education that receive limited federal funding, including in particular institutions with substantial minority enrollment

http://www.epa.gov/ncer/fellow/

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants             (Posted: 10-19-09)

Click HERE.

4imprint Grants             (Posted: 6-10-09)

Deadline: Rolling
4imprint is accepting applications for its one-by-one charitable giving program. The online and catalog promotional products retailer will award $500 in-kind grants to charitable organizations in the United States or Canada. Applications are due two months before the requested donation is needed. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, employed by or be a member of the board of directors of a 501(c)(3) organization, school, registered Canadian charity, society, or religious organization.

http://onebyone.4imprint.com/default.aspx

Captain Planet Foundation Grants             (Posted: 3-12-09)

Deadlines (annually): March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31
The Captain Planet Foundation is accepting applications for funding projects that help students better grasp environmental issues. Projects must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on activities, involve students ages 6 to 18, promote interaction and cooperation within a group, help young people develop planning and problem-solving skills, include adult supervision, and commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation.
http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/

Beetle incentive for youth projects             (Posted: 12-2-08)

Youth Incentive Award

The Coleopterists Society, an international organization of professionals and hobbyists interested in the study of beetles, has established a program to recognize young people studying beetles. The Society has pledged up to $300 each year for the Youth Incentive Award program.

In addition to monetary grants of up to $150, award recipients will receive up to $200 (Junior Award) and $400 (Senior Award) of equipment credit from the BioQuip Products, Inc. catalog, and a one year subscription to the Society journal, The Coleopterists Bulletin.

This program is for young Coleopterists in grades 7-12.

The objectives of the Youth Incentive Award are to:
provide encouragement and assistance to young beetle enthusiasts (grades 7-12).
promote the study of beetles, the most diverse group of insects, as a rewarding lifelong avocation or career.
provide opportunities for young people to develop important life skills such as leadership, cooperation, communication, planning and conducting a scientific study, grant writing and managing funds.
provide some financial support to enrich activities or projects.

http://www.coleopsoc.org/default.asp?Action=Show_SocietyInfo&ID=Youth

Susan Cox
Durham Field Office
Conservation Education Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
271 Mast Rd
Durham NH 03824
603 868-7706

TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched             (Posted: 6-16-08)

TogetherGreen is a new National Audubon Society program with support from Toyota, to build conservation leadership, engage people in conservation action, and achieve lasting conservation results. The TogetherGreen Innovation Grants will fund projects that engage diverse communities and contribute to measurable conservation outcomes. The Conservation Leadership Program invests in leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating positive environmental change in their communities and organizations.
http://eelink.net/cgi-bin/ee-link/newclick/7652101

Student Opportunities Web Site

This new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Student Opportunities Web site provides information about NOAA educational opportunities, scholarships, internships, and fellowships. The site also provides student opportunities by geographic location, underrepresented communities, and opportunities specific to students with disabilities.
http://eelink.net/cgi-bin/ee-link/newclick/2843192

Young Explorers Grants

Deadline: Open
The National Geographic Society's Young Explorers Grants for 18-25 year-olds to pursue research, exploration, and conservation-related projects consistent with National Geographic's existing grant programs. Grants vary in amount ($2,000 to $5,000) depending on the significance of the project.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/yeg/

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

The goal of the Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™ is to elevate young people (including disadvantaged and at-risk youth) into leadership roles by engaging them in environmental stewardship projects.A $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to the author of the top Apprentice Ecologist essay.
http://www.wildernessproject.org/volunteer_apprentice_ecologist

Education Grants

www.grantsalert.com

NEA Student Achievement Grants

If your garden or habitat program is designed to support critical thinking and problem solving that deepens students' knowledge of standards-based subject matter, and improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection, the NEA foundation wants to hear from you! Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. The grant amount is $5,000. For full details and to apply, visit the NEA Foundation Web site.

TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION GRANTS

Applications for grants under $5,000 are accepted year-round. Check the Web site for grades K-6 and 7-12 application rules.

Deadline for grants over $5,000: February 1st or August 1st

The Toshiba America Foundation encourages teacher-led, K-12 classroom-based programs, projects, and activities that have the potential to improve classroom experiences in science, mathematics, and technology.

http://www.toshiba.com/taf/

BUILD AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AT YOUR SCHOOL GRANTS

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper, and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine outdoor classroom grant program to help schools improve their science curriculum by engaging students in hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom. Grants up to $2,000 will be awarded to at least 100 schools and grants for up to $20,000 may be awarded to schools or school districts with major outdoor classroom projects. Proposals are reviewed three times a year.
http://eelink.net/cgi-bin/ee-link/newclick/269054

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation website - information on Environmental Education Grants.
http://www.mgaef.org/index.html

Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release

The Outdoor Classroom Grant Program is a partnership of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and the International Paper Foundation, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER classroom magazine.As part of Lowe’s continued commitment to public education, Lowe’s will provide more than $200,000 in outdoor classroom grants to benefit public schools nationwide.

Teachers may apply for grants up to $2,000 by visiting www.Lowes.com/outdoorclassroom.

For school districts with major outdoor classroom projects, grants may be awarded for up to $20,000.All K-12 public schools in the United States (except Puerto Rico) are eligible to apply for a grant.

The Outdoor Classroom Grant Program partners would appreciate your help in announcing the availability of these grant funds through your media outlets and other contacts.

Rebecca Winn
Coordinator, Partnerships
International Paper
6775 Lenox Center Court
Memphis, TN 38115
901-419-2001

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