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CONTENTS:
2016 Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) Grants
PLT Green Works grants
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER ASSISTANCE
BERGEN COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL PARK: Wildlife Conservation Grant Program
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship: $3000 per year for four years.....
New Grant & Resource Opportunities to Help Complete Sustainable Jersey Actions
Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Notice of Grant Opportunity
Field Trip funding from Dodge
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects
The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery
K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!
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
Grant Opportunities
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants
Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release
2016 Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) Grants             (Posted: 6-1-16)

The SRTS grant program is funded through the Federal Highway Administration's Federal Aid Program and is being administered by the NJDOT, in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO). Proposed projects must be located within two miles of a school that serves students in grades K-8. Funding for the 2016 SRTS Program will be available for the construction of infrastructure projects only, such as the installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, multi-use paths, traffic calming measures, and other means to ensure the ease and safety of children walking or biking to school. For more information click HERE.

Application Deadline: Monday, June 27

For a list of other funding opportunities, visit our Grants Portal

PLT Green Works grants             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Click HERE.

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER ASSISTANCE             (Posted: 4-15-16)

Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services – Due  April 21, 2016 EPA through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being.  Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices.  It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems.  Additional Information.

EPA Environmental Education Teacher and Training Program—due May 9, 2016-- EPA is now accepting proposals for a multi-year cooperative agreement to operate the National Environmental Education and Training (EE) Program. The purpose of the EE Training Program is to provide EE training (such as classes, workshops, and conferences) and to provide long-term support to the EE field (such as the development and dissemination of EE best practices, implementation of certification programs and access to information about quality resources.) Read more about the application here:  http://go.usa.gov/cGf3T.

NEW: 2017 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program—June 17, 2016 -- The U.S. Forest service has announced the 2017 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP).  The Request for Proposals addresses the following priority issues: Developing a National Urban Forestry Funding Assessment and Methodology and Understand Urban Forest Ecosystem/Ecological Services.  More information can be found at the National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council website.

 

FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program – Proposals due June 29, 2016 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced funding to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states through competitive matching grants to state agencies. Ranking criteria for proposals include describing how the proposed project addresses climate change concerns, how it will be affected by climate change impacts, and references to any relevant plans and models. For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

BERGEN COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL PARK: Wildlife Conservation Grant Program             (Posted: 3-8-16)

The Bergen County Zoo has several small grants they award each year for conservation projects. In the past we have awarded grants to North, Central and South American groups conducting field work on populations of amphibians, nutrition of specific mammals, road mortality, habitat construction and reclamation, as well as a wide variety of other projects. If you have or know of someone who may have a project in need of funding please feel free to forward the attachment to them. If anyone has any questions they may email the Zoo Director (mvella@co.bergen.nj.us) or myself (cfusco@co.bergen.nj.us). Thank you for any assistance you may give in our search for relevant projects to fund.

The Bergen County Zoo Wildlife Conservation Grant Program has been established to support programs which enhance our knowledge of threatened wildlife and habitats throughout the Americas. The program awards grants ranging from $1000 to $5000 annually and priorities are given to field research.

Proposal deadline is May 30, 2016 and recipients will be notified by July 31, 2016. All successful applicants must submit and interim and final report outlining the progress of the project.

Funding Criteria
Proposals shall be for field conservation initiatives including, but not limited to, the following:
- field research which enhances our knowledge of the natural history of a species
- proposals that promote the preservation and/or reclamation of natural habitats and ecosystems
- materials and supplies for in situ projects
- proposals which enhance our knowledge of species management in their native habitat
- promotion of ecotourism, reforestation, and community-based conservation

All projects should have a specific time frame, as opposed to long-term, on-going programs. It is preferred that projects have a positive impact on local people and their economies and/or increase our knowledge and ability to manage wildlife and their habitats.

Application
Applications shall consist of the following components: Title Page (1 page max.); Proposal Narrative (3 page max.); Curriculum Vitae (2 page max.); Letters of Recommendation (2 letters)
Applications must be typewritten in a 10 pt or 12 pt font. No other format will be considered.

Title Page
Must include project title, applicant's name, institutional affiliation, applicant's title, address, phone #, fax #, e-mail, and amount of the request.

Narrative
Introduction - include purpose of the project; goals and objectives; explanation of funding needs
Methods - describe how project will be conducted; data collection methods; project timetable; plan for dissemination of results
Evaluation - impact of project on conservation; plan for implementing the results into a conservation action or policy
Curriculum Vitae
Provide a CV for the project applicant.
Letters of Recommendation (2 required)
Letters may be from governmental agencies, community leaders, AZA organizations (SSP; TAG; etc.), zoos, university staff, and/or recognized scientists/researchers. Letters should be from persons familiar with the applicant and the specific proposal being submitted.

Dates
May 30, 2016 - all completed applications must be received
July 31, 2016 - notification of award will be made to all successful applicants
February 28, 2017 - interim progress report due
July 31, 2017 - final report due, including budgetary expenditures resulting from grant allocation

Completed application, as well as questions regarding the grants and/or application process should be directed to:
Mari Vella, Director
Bergen County Zoological Park
216 Forest Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652
201-262-3771 x113
Fax: 201-986-1788
E-mail:mvella@co.bergen.nj.us

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)

Click HERE.

Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Notice of Grant Opportunity             (Posted: 2-26-16)

The Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP)-Competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) has been approved and posted to the NJDOE Website at: http://www.nj.gov/education/grants/gropps.shtml.

The Office of Secondary Education is offering MSP funds to recruit, train, and mentor regional cohorts of Science or Mathematics Ambassadors (ambassadors). Once trained, ambassadors will provide training and technical support for teachers in their school and region.

Eligible Partnerships include: One Institution of Higher Education (science faculty, Science Education faculty or the Mathematics faculty or Mathematics Education faculty from that Institution of Higher Education (IHE)) in partnership with a consortium of schools that include at least one Priority, Focus, or other Title I school.

The funding will be awarded to regional partnerships. Each partnership will identify approximately 30 teacher leaders to serve as Science or Mathematics Ambassadors (ambassadors). The ambassadors will receive intensive professional development on the standards and on the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products Rubric for Science and Mathematics (EQuIP). Training will begin with an intensive Summer Institute. The Summer Institute training must be consistent with the purposes of Title I Part B, as described on page 2, New Jersey Mathematics and Science Partnership Goals and Objectives, as identified on pages 11 and 12 of this Notice of Grant Opportunity. The professional development plan must provide for follow-up training during the academic year that is conducted in the schools for a period of not less than four consecutive or nonconsecutive days. Partnerships may choose to recruit new cohorts of ambassadors annually or to provide ongoing support for the two-year performance period.

Ambassadors will also serve as liaisons between the Office of Secondary Education and classroom teachers. This network will be a two-way process. Standards-specific information, tools, and resources will be shared with ambassadors through an ambassador’s listserv and questions and concerns at the school level can then be communicated directly to the Office of Secondary Education through the ambassadors.

Funds available for the MSP competitive grant program will be awarded by the Department of Education to support proposals submitted by eligible partnerships that provide programs to improve science teaching and learning. The Department of Education has established a two-year project using federal funds, as follows:

·        Year One, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and

·        Year Two, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018;

Eligibility for Year Two awards is contingent upon successful completion of funded program goals and objectives while adhering to all requirements.

The success of MSP programs depends on the quality of the partnerships. Strong partnerships are those which everyone shares responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating the project. The work should benefit all of the partners.

The NJDOE will award approximately $3,400,000 in MSP Grants annually for two years. A total of up to nine awards may be made annually. Each award will be funded up to a maximum request of approximately $380,000. Successful projects will be eligible for up to one year of continuation funding.

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

Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects             (Posted: 9-17-15)

Click HERE.

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.

K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015             (Posted: 5-15-15)

GreenSchools! Update

Here are some resources to help you find funding and support learning in your school, including PLT’s GreenWorks! grants. 

Greenworks Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant
PLT is now accepting applications for the next round of GreenWorks! grants.Help your students reduce energy and water use, recycle, and improve their school site, among other projects.







Garbage is Font of Information for 5th-Graders
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association received funding from the Rockfall Foundation to lead PLT GreenSchools! activities at four public schools in Middletown, CT as part of their afterschool programming. In this Middletown Press article, students at Wesley Elementary are exploring what happens to cafeteria waste by creating their own mini landfills.





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Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!             (Posted: 4-29-15)

The Nature Center of Cape May is pleased to announce that the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund is being offered for a fifth 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."

Since this is 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.

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

Grant Opportunities

TO: Chief School Administrators / Charter School Lead Persons
FROM: Diane Schonyers, Director / Office of Strategic Initiatives & Accountability

The Office of Grants Appeals becomes aware of various grant opportunities from an assortment of sources and is sharing these opportunities in the hope of increasing awareness and ultimately, the funding to improve education.The following is a list of recently released grant opportunities that can be accessed through our grant website at http://www.nj.gov/njded/grants/other.shtml and are relevantto LEAs and/or other constituencies that may impact LEAs:

*Early Reading First (CFDA # 84.359A/B)
*Summer Seminars & Institutes (CFDA # 45.163)
*The MetLife Foundation Bridge Builders Grant
*Learning in the Arts for Children & Youth
*Access to Artistic Excellence
*Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants

I hope you find this information helpful towards reaching New Jersey's goal of increasing funding and student achievement.

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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