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EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program
Afterschool Funding Available - 21st CCLC Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship
SMG Grants to Support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces
New NJNG school fundraiser
4,000 grant opportunity for New Jersey schools... www.SchoolHealthNJ.org is LIVE!!
Environmental Grant Program
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
NJ Sustainable Schools Project
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
|EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program
|Afterschool Funding Available - 21st CCLC Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Competitive Grant-Cohort 10-Year 1/5 Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) has been approved and posted to the NJDOE Website at: http://www.nj.gov/education/grants/gropps.shtml under “Available Grant Opportunities”.
This application is due on April 3, 2014
The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to supplement the education of students in grades 4-12, who attend schools eligible for Title I school wide programs or schools where a minimum of 30% of students are from low-income families.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) are defined as centers that offer academic remediation and enrichment activities in tandem with a broad array of other enrichment activities in the areas of arts and culture, youth development, and physical activity to students and their adult family members when school is not in session (afterschool, before school or during the summer).
Eligibility to apply for this 21st CCLC program is open to all New Jersey public or private agencies (i.e., charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions and special-services school districts), non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations (including religious private schools), institutions of higher learning and for-profit agencies.
The competitive application will only be accepted through the Department’s Electronic Web-Enabled Grant (EWEG) system. No paper applications will be accepted.
A technical assistance webinar is scheduled for March 13, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Applicants must register online at: http://education.state.nj.us/events/. Information regarding the webinar will be sent to those individuals registered.
If you have any questions, please send an email to NJ21stCCLC@doe.state.nj.us
|2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship
Hackensack Riverkeeper seeks the best, brightest and greenest applicants
Hackensack, NJ - Hackensack Riverkeeper is accepting applications for the 2014 RON VELLEKAMP ENVIRONMENTAL SCHOLARSHIP. Now in its fourteenth year, the program was created to support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically while demonstrating a strong commitment to the natural world and environmental protection.
There is one special requirement that all applicants must meet in order to be considered for the award: all who apply must either live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed; or attend a school located within that region. All told, seniors at sixty-six high schools in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland Counties are eligible to apply.
Teachers and guidance counselors are invited to submit applications on behalf of deserving students; and each school may nominate one student. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captain Bill Sheehan and Program Director Hugh Carola will review each application. The panel will consider the applicant's academic achievements, environmental extra-curricular activities and future plans. The $1000 Scholarship is unrestricted and can be used for any required purchases during the student's first year at college.
"We received only two applications last year but both were stellar - which made for an extremely tough decision-making process," explained Carola. "After a lot of back-and-forth between panelists, Ms. Maya Kates of Cresskill was chosen as our 2013 winner. She is now engaged in a specialized environmental curriculum at Connecticut College in New London, CT."
Full scholarship application criteria are available online at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org or by calling 201-968-0808. A list of all watershed municipalities is available on the Links page of the Website. For those residing in bi-watershed communities like Jersey City, Paramus or Ramapo some additional sleuthing (or a phone call to scholarship administrator Carola) is necessary to determine a student's eligibility.
Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2014. The winner will be chosen no later than June 1.
The late Ronald Vellekamp was a science teacher in Ridgefield, New Jersey. During his life he also served as a Palisades Interstate Park ranger and Boy Scout leader; and was a founding trustee of Hackensack Riverkeeper. The scholarship that bears his name is fitting tribute to an educator whose life was lived in the service of others.
"One of the many things I learned from Ron during the all-too-short time he was with us was that you should never let a teachable moment pass by," said Capt. Sheehan. "That's something that I, Captain Hugh and the rest of our staff both understand and live by every single day."
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Founded in 1997 by Captain Bill Sheehan, HACKENSACK RIVERKEEPER is the leading environmental advocacy organization working on the Hackensack River. As such, it is uniquely positioned to address problems & find solutions within the entire Hackensack River Watershed. The organization is a Founding Member of the Waterkeeper Alliance.
|SMG Grants to Support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces
ScottsMiracle-Gro Opens GRO1000 Grassroots Grant Application Process in Support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces-Program Enters Fourth Year of Funding Local Greenscape Projects
MARYSVILLE, Ohio (January 13, 2014) – The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (NYSE: SMG) today announces the continuation of its GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program to support community green space development. Grants are awarded to deserving not-for-profit civic organizations across the country and are part of a larger commitment the company has made to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. To date, 406 community projects have been impacted by GRO1000.
“Gardens offer something very unique to our communities," said Jim King, Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. "From providing better nutrition to encouraging environmental education, community green spaces help bring neighborhoods together.”
Grassroots Grant application for 2014 is available online at: http://www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000/Grassroots
Deadline for application submission is February 17, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Grants, which range from $500 to $1,500, are awarded based on community need, scope of project and long-term sustainability of the green space.
In conjunction with the grant application period, ScottsMiracle-Gro has launched Gro & Chat, an online community dedicated exclusively to the community garden movement. Gro & Chat (Gro-Chat.com) was developed as a free online resource to support those who have a passion for community gardening, including previous and potential GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award recipients. To learn more about Gro & Chat and to join the community, visit www.Gro-Chat.com
On January 24, ScottsMiracle-Gro and its partner the U.S. Conference of Mayors will announce the winners of its annual GRO1000 Showcase Grants, which are awarded to cities for the installation of innovative public gardens and green spaces within their communities. Additional partners for the GRO1000 program include Plant a Row for the Hungry, Garden Writers Association, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
For more information on GRO1000, visit www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/GRO1000.
|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.
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
|4,000 grant opportunity for New Jersey schools... www.SchoolHealthNJ.org is LIVE!!
...Improving School Health to Enhance Student Learning
A school needs to submit an "intent to apply" by registering for one of the mandatory technical assistance webinars at www.SchoolHealthNJ.org
A School Administrator and a School Health Team member are required to attend one of the webinars:
February 12th, 3:00-5:00 PM
February 13th, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
A limited number of New Jersey schools are eligible to apply for this grant:
1) New Jersey public schools, grades 6 and higher, with a School Based Youth Service Program (SBYSP)
2) Schools having participated in the New Jersey Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (DOE) Coordinated School Health project
|Environmental Grant Program
Environmental Grant Program
New Jersey American Water is accepting applications for green project funding through its Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funding up to $10,000 to support diverse types of environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, rain garden projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts. Funds are for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies. Grants are limited to supporting projects within New Jersey American Water's service areas.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are selected by the New Jersey American Water's employees based on various criteria such as project goals, impact, innovation, design, collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement, among other requirements.
Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2014
For more information on the program, application requirements, and past winners, visit their website.
|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.
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!
Grants.gov Program Management Office
Department of Health and Human Services
|NJ Sustainable Schools Project
NJ Sustainable Schools Project
We are extremely pleased to announce that a 3-year grant was awarded to the Education Information and Resource Center (EIRC)/GSLI by the Alliance for Competitive Energy Services (A.C.E.S.) to research whether the process of greening existing school facilities results in lowered operating costs, and improved student achievement. The grant is called the NJ Sustainable Schools Project and represents a significant partnership between the EIRC and NJ School Boards Association.
Twenty pilot schools will be selected from geographically representative school districts and charter schools that reflect diversity with regard to public, grade level, and vocational orientation.
To find out more about the grant, or to apply to participate, go to: http://njsustainableschoolsproject.com/ .
Please download the application to read the grant parameters and selection criteria.
Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Districts that participate in the grant will receive:
· Free team participation in the Green Schools Leadership Institute for 3 years, thus ensuring the development and implementation of a Green Strategic Plan. Each summer a new district team will attend the institute.
· Leveraging resources to assist districts in implementing their green strategic plans.
· Highlighting of districts in our Sustainable Learning Communities Newsletter
· Private/Public Partnerships
If questions, contact:
Carol James, Program Development Coordinator
(856) 582-7000 X 170
|Find Federal Grant Opportunities
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
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.
|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.
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
|NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
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
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
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.
Durham Field Office
Conservation Education Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
271 Mast Rd
Durham NH 03824
|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|
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.
|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.
|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
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.
|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.
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Memphis, TN 38115
Order your free Life of the Forest educational materials from International Paper at www.iplifeoftheforest.com
|Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas|
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. The grant recipient learning centers are those which most successfully reflect the Wild Ones mission to educate and share information about the benefits of using native plants in our landscape and to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound environmentally sound practices. Only through this knowledge, can we appreciate humankind's proper place in the web of life.
Eligible Applicants -Schools, nature centers and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning including houses of worship with a site available for this stewardship project may apply for an SFE grant.
Eligible Projects -Project goals should focus on the enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers and increase the educational value of the site. Creativity in design is encouraged, but must show complete and thoughtful planning. The use of and teaching about native plants and the native plant community is mandatory, and they must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and the site conditions (soil, water, sunlight). For further information on selection of local ecotype, go to Wild Ones native landscaping webpages. The project leader should be knowledgeable and committed.
Examples of appropriate projects are:
The design, establishment and maintenance of a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland etc. in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom.
Developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
Developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality improvement.
Group student-teacher research projects aimed at documenting the presence, behaviors, needs and contributions of various forms of wildlife and the impact of native plant species.