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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 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
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants
Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release
Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities             (Posted: 10-5-16)

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$5 million Knight Cities Challenge to open for ideas Oct. 10

Details here.

Applications due November, 3, 2016

This fall we?re opening the next Knight Cities Challenge to offer $5 million in grant funding for your best ideas to make the 26 Knight communities more successful. The challenge will open Monday, Oct. 10, and close Thursday, Nov. 3, at We will announce the winners in spring 2017. We're looking for new ideas that can make impact in three areas that are crucial to building more successful cities ? attracting and retaining talent, increasing economic opportunity and promoting civic engagement. You don?t need to be from a Knight city to apply, but your project must take place in a Knight community, one of 26 places where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers.

Culture of Health Prize, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Details here.

Applications due November 03, 2016

Prize amount: $25,000

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments that will enable everyone, especially those facing the greatest challenges, with the opportunity to live well. A Culture of Health recognizes that health and wellbeing are greatly influenced by where we live, work, the safety of our surroundings, and the relationships we have in our families and communities. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of local leaders and community members who are coming together to create conditions for health and prosperity by transforming neighborhoods, schools, and businesses so that good health flourishes everywhere.

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


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:

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:

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.

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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

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

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.

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

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

Just in time for the rollout of the new look and feel to the 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.

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!

Nicole Daniel
Communications Lead Program Management Office
Department of Health and Human Services

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

All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on 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, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.
View the home page at

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 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)


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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Education Grants

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.


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.


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.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation website - information on Environmental Education Grants.

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

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

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