ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
Funding, Grants & Scholarships
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
Great Grant Opportunities
Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects
E-News Update: New Grants Announced
The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
2015 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
Entertainment Software Association Foundation Applications
Fruit Tree 101
EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
NOAA Environmental Literacy 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™
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
Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas
|EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
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.
|Great Grant Opportunities
EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter
More than $20 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior (DOI), and Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
NOTICE OF INTENT: USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Program
USDA announced that it intends to issue a notice of funding availability in the coming weeks for an agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy program. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen, and geothermal energy.
For more information, visit the previous funding award press release.
FWS Coastal Program – $14 million
FWS announced funding for the Coastal Program, a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should incorporate ecosystem adaptation to help coastal ecosystems and communities prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea-level rise and greenhouse gases.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program – $1.6 million
EPA is making available funding to address urban runoff pollution with a focus on underserved communities. Consideration will be given to projects that engage communities in learning about, planning, and developing stormwater infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens, planters, tree boxes, vegetated swales, green roofs, rain barrels, cisterns, and tree planting.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.
DOI 2016 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program – $900,000
USDA announced funding for the art, science, and technology of managing trees, forests, and natural systems on public lands in and around cities, suburbs, and towns. The funding is expected to promote initiatives in underserved and low-income communities. Proposals must focus on increasing community knowledge of one of the following three areas: how to implement solutions to maintain the integrity of existing urban forests and incorporate new urban forests, how local investments in urban forest ecosystems have potential to maximize returns through quantifiable public health benefits, and how climate change impacts the availability and quality of water to support urban and community forests.
For more information, visit the pre-proposal funding announcement.
DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Grants – $4 million
DOE is making available funding to install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings and deploy clean energy systems on a community scale on Indian lands. Projects are expected to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members. Clean energy systems include, but are not limited to, solar photovoltaic, biomass (including waste to energy), wind power, run€ of€ the€ river hydropower, and incremental hydropower.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.
|Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects
|E-News Update: New Grants Announced
|The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
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.
|2015 Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery
|K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015
Here are some resources to help you find funding and support learning in your school, including PLT’s GreenWorks! grants.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
Thanks to Grant Wrangler for these connections to other organizations that offer grants to teachers, students, and schools who need resources.
James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree
|Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!
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.
|Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
Sponsored by Wild Ones
|New NJNG school fundraiser
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.
|Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
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.
|Find Federal Grant Opportunities
All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov.
|Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
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.
|Entertainment Software Association Foundation Applications
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to support programs and opportunities that use technology and/or computer and video games to make a positive difference in the lives of America's youth.
|Fruit Tree 101
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
TWO EPA PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN ENVIRONMENT RELATED FIELDS.
|NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
|Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadlines (annually): March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31
|Beetle incentive for youth projects
Youth Incentive Award
|TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched
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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
TO: Chief School Administrators / Charter School Lead Persons
|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.
|Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas|