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CONTENTS:
Field Trip Funding - 10/15 Deadline!
SJ4S: New Funding for Fall
Start the School Year off with a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant!
EPA Grant Funds Teacher Training Through The College of New Jersey
OCSCD & Partners Awarded $50K Grant to Support Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative
Support for Youth-Led Community Service Projects
New Small Grants now available!
$12,000 (potentially) Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship for eligible Cape May County students
GreenWorks! Grants Now Available
Two Competitive NGO's Released
National FUSE grants now available
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 National Youth Science Camp
Conserve Wildlife Grants
EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program
Announcing New Support for Family Nature Clubs
Captain Planet Foundation Offers Grants for Hands-On Environmental Education Activities
SUEZ Foundation Press Release - Grants
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship: $3000 per year for four years.....
The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
New NJNG school fundraiser
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
Find Federal Grant Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
Fruit Tree 101
EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
4imprint Grants
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Beetle incentive for youth projects
TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched
Student Opportunities Web Site
Environmental Justice Program Grants
Young Explorers Grants
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
Education Grants
NEA Student Achievement Grants
TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION GRANTS
BUILD AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AT YOUR SCHOOL GRANTS
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants
Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release
Field Trip Funding - 10/15 Deadline!             (Posted: 9-22-17)

Click HERE.

SJ4S: New Funding for Fall             (Posted: 8-30-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
273 Districts     679 Schools     Participating
$150,000 in Funding for School District Energy Projects: 
Funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund

$150,000 in grant money is now available to fund energy projects focused on energy conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. Grant proposals are being accepted from school districts registered with Sustainable Jersey. For this grant cycle, Sustainable Jersey is offering $30,000 and $10,000 grants. 

DEADLINE:  October 31st, midnight

For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/2017GardinierCycle.  A free informational webinar on this grant opportunity will take place on September 19, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm, visit http://bit.ly/2017GardinierWebinar to register.
New Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Funding Available
 
 

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle.  With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state.

The 2017 NJEA Schools Small Grants Program cycle will award:
  • Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools 
  • Forty (40) $2,000 grants to schools to support green teams
Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. 
Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight

An informational webinar will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm to review the application process and eligibility requirements. Register here.
NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance Mini Grants

NJAHPERD's goal is to support quality program development in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in New Jersey's Pre-K - 12 schools and Colleges and Universities. The mini grant provides financial assistance up to $1000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. Grants may not be used for salary, honorarium, food, travel, accommodations or convention registration.

Deadline: September 30th  For more information visit NJAHPERD's website.
 
What does an Arts Ed Ambassador Look Like? 
Answer the question with a 3-photo "storyboard" on social media and be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card for your classroon.  Nine gift cards available ranging from $50-250.  Three for each level: Elementary, Middle & High School. 

Deadline: September 17th (at the end of Arts Ed Week!) Find out more online at ArtsEdNow.org.
 
Get Recognized! Applications now open for statewide awards programs & contests

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards honor and recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To date, 160 award winners have been recognized since the program was established in 2000. Applications are due September 29th. Click here for more information. 
2018 New Jersey Healthy Communities Network 
Community Grants Program Call for Proposals    

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network is seeking letters of intent for the 2018 Community Grants program.  This initiative will fund up to 60 organizations to prevent chronic disease and improve health by advancing environment, policy, and system change; and enhancing the built environment to support healthy eating and living.  Supported projects are creating a culture of health by increasing food access and opportunities for physical activity in communities, schools, places of worship, early care and education, neighborhoods, and municipalities.  For more information, visit their website.

 Letter of Intent Deadline: September 13, 2017
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
ALLIANCE FOR NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (ANJEE) Autumn Conference 
Sept. 29, 2017 at Duke Farms, Hillsborough: 

EPA "Knowledge-to-Action" On Demand Indoor Air Quality Webinars
Recordings available here.
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.

EPA Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy 
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars
Recordings available here.
Upcoming Live Webinar in the series 
August 24,1:00-2:30pm "The ABC's of K-12 Food Waste Reduction: Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits" Register here. 

NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
Upcoming Live Webinars in the series 
September 6, 3:00pm "Biodiversity Around the World" Register here.
September 28, 4:00pm "Go Far, Walk Together: Community Engagement as Transformative Practice" Register here.

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

 

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

Start the School Year off with a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grant!             (Posted: 8-17-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
272 Districts     678 Schools     Participating
New Sustainable Jersey Small Grants Funding Available
 
 

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program Underwriter, is contributing $180,000 to support a Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program cycle.  With this contribution, NJEA has provided $750,000 to support a sustainable future for children across the state.

The 2017 NJEA Schools Small Grants Program cycle will award:
  • Ten (10) $10,000 project grants to school districts and schools 
  • Fourty (40) $2,000 grants to schools to support green teams
Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary. The funded projects will serve as practical and innovative models for the rest of the State and make measurable contributions toward the long-term goal of a sustainable New Jersey. 
Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at midnight

An informational webinar will be held Wednesday, September 14, 2017 from 3:00-4:00pm to review the application process and eligibility requirements. Register here.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Atlantic County
Buena Regional High School
Richmond Avenue School (Atlantic City)

Bergen County
Moonachie School District
Robert L. Craig Elementary School (Moonachie)

Hudson County
Joseph H. Brensinger No. 17 Elementary School (Jersey City)

Hunterdon County
Voorhees High School (North Hunterdon)

Morris County
Woodmont Elementary School (Montville)
Ocean County
Toms River- High School South
Washington Street Elementary School
 (Toms River)

Somerset County
Auten Road Elementary School (Hillsborough)

Union County
Roselle Public Schools

WarrenCounty
Allamuchy Township School District
Allamuchy Township Elementary School
Mountain Villa School

What does an Arts Ed Ambassador Look Like? 

Answer the question with a 3-photo "storyboard" on social media and be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card for your classroon.  Nine gift cards available ranging from $50-250.  Three for each level: Elementary, Middle & High School. 

Deadline: September 17th (at the end of Arts Ed Week!) Find out more online at ArtsEdNow.org.
 
Get Recognized! Applications now open for statewide awards programs & contests

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards honor and recognize individuals, businesses, educators, institutions, communities, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey. To date, 160 award winners have been recognized since the program was established in 2000. Applications are due September 29th. Click here for more information. 

2018 New Jersey Healthy Communities Network 
Community Grants Program Call for Proposals    

The New Jersey Healthy Communities Network is seeking letters of intent for the 2018 Community Grants program.  This initiative will fund up to 60 organizations to prevent chronic disease and improve health by advancing environment, policy, and system change; and enhancing the built environment to support healthy eating and living.  Supported projects are creating a culture of health by increasing food access and opportunities for physical activity in communities, schools, places of worship, early care and education, neighborhoods, and municipalities.  For more information, visit their website.

 Letter of Intent Deadline: September 13, 2017
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS
 
1 DAY GEOSTEM ACADEMY, Sterling Hill Mining Museum Odgensburg NJ
August 17, 2017 9:00am- 4:00pm, Free to K-12 teachers & pre-service students
Includes tour of the mine, coursework on renewable resources, and samples to bring back to the classroom.Register via email wkroth8394@aol.com 

ALLIANCE FOR NEW JERSEY ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (ANJEE) Autumn Conference 
Sept. 29, 2017 at Duke Farms, Hillsborough: 

EPA "Knowledge-to-Action" On Demand Indoor Air Quality Webinars
Recordings available here.
Topics include: Gaining Buy-in for Optimal Ventilation, Mold Moisture & Money, Using Data to Address Asthma in Schools Healthy Schools & Healthy Students: Improving IAQ.

EPA Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy 
On Demand Food Waste & Recycling Webinars
Recordings available here.
Upcoming Live Webinar in the series 
August 24,1:00-2:30pm "The ABC's of K-12 Food Waste Reduction: Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits" Register here. 

NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more!
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We hope you will join us to take steps to create a brighter future, one school at a time!  If you have questions, email us at schools@sustainablejersey.com or visit www.SustainableJerseySchools.com.

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Sponsors 

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

EPA Grant Funds Teacher Training Through The College of New Jersey             (Posted: 8-3-17)

Contact: Jennifer May-Reddy, 212-637-3658, may.jennifer@epa.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a $91,000 environmental education grant to The College of New Jersey. The grant funding will be used to provide training to teachers in New Jersey. The training is designed to increase environmental literacy and promote the protection of local water sources in their communities and schools. More than 30 grants totaling $3.3 million were awarded nationwide.

The teachers trained through this project will develop, in collaboration with their students, school-specific projects at ten local elementary schools. All participating schools are located in New Jersey, and within 20 miles of The College of New Jersey.

"This grant gives local teachers the tools and resources they need in order to incorporate important environmental concepts in the classroom," Administrator Pruitt said. "I look forward to seeing how these funds are used to promote the protection of clean water in communities across New Jersey."

"The College of New Jersey is extremely grateful to the EPA for this important grant award," said The College of New Jersey Associate Vice President for Communications Dave Muha, "It will provide the teachers and students with crucial environmental sustainability education projects that will have implications not only for the participating schools but the surrounding communities as well. Our goal is to instill a capacity to exert influence over the environmental health in these areas in order to inspire direct and lasting change."

Using the EPA grant, The College of New Jersey will work through its Sustainability Institute, which is the college's "think and do" tank managing cutting edge research and outreach programs, to establish an intensive professional development series for teachers focused on how best to integrate information about the environment into a classroom's curriculum. A major focus of the training will be on the protection of local water sources.

For more information about EPA's environmental education program: https://www.epa.gov/education.

OCSCD & Partners Awarded $50K Grant to Support Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative             (Posted: 8-1-17)

Ocean County Soil Conservation District (OSCSD) and partners are pleased to announce an award of $50K in grant funding from National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Contact: Becky Laboy, Education Coordinator,
Ocean County Soil Conservation District
609-971-7002 ext. 114, education@soildistrict.org

Ocean County Soil Conservation District (OSCSD) is pleased to announce an award of $50K in grant funding from National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). These funds will support our “Urban Agriculture Conservation Initiative”, a project developed in partnership with Georgian Court University, Lakewood Township, Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority, Barnegat Bay Partnership, and New Jersey Agricultural Society. An Urban Agricultural Advisory Committee consisting of all partners, as well as Fulfill (previously Monmouth-Ocean Food Bank), Lakewood High School, and New Jersey Farm Bureau, has been established. The Committee will utilize the knowledge and skills of partners in their areas of expertise to provide strategic advice and planning towards accomplishment of our goals:

• assist in establishing a Sustainable Jersey Green Team
• enhance existing urban agricultural programs
• support the implementation of new community gardens
• facilitate educational workshops on best landscape management practices and sustainable urban food gardening
• coordinate community food harvesting and distribution

Outcomes of this project include building capacity in Lakewood Township in an effort to encourage civic engagement and education that is necessary to prosper as a leader in providing healthy food and clean water for the community. By engaging residents in meaningful practices, participating partners will be building the foundation for a sustainable urban agriculture program in Lakewood Township that will benefit the community for many years to come.
For more information about this project, please contact Becky Laboy, OCSCD Education Outreach Specialist, 609-971-7002 ext. 114, Education@soildistrict.org Connect with the many resources on healthy soil found at the Ocean County Soil Conservation District website: www.soildistrict.org.

Support for Youth-Led Community Service Projects             (Posted: 7-6-17)

Youth Service America: Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grants
Youth Service America and Disney are teaming up this summer to inspire kids and families to make a positive impact in their communities through the Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service campaign. Children and teens, ages 5 to18, can apply for a $500 Disney Be Inspired Summer of Service Grant to create a project or expand an existing project using fun summer activities like sports, arts, reading, or being outdoors to make their communities healthier, greener, and stronger. This fall 250 youth-led service projects will be selected and $500 grants will be awarded to each winner's sponsoring organization to support their projects. The registration deadline is September 15, 2017; applications will be accepted through September 30, 2017. Visit the YSA website to learn more about the program.
Click HERE.

New Small Grants now available!             (Posted: 4-19-17)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
256 Districts     633 Schools     Participating

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Cycle Now Open
$120,000 Available to Fund Health & Wellness Actions 
 
Sustainable Jersey for Schools is now accepting grant applications from New Jersey public schools that serve students in middle and high school (including K-8 schools) to support health and wellness initiatives. Funded by the New Jersey Department of Health, the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will make $120,000 available to schools for this grant application cycle

 Application proposals are being accepted through Thursday, June 29, 2017. Visit the grants page on SustainableJerseySchools.com for the link to the online application. Applicants must be registered in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program which is free and voluntary.
 
The Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will award thirty $4,000 grants to implement specific health and wellness actions in schools. The grant can be used to implement Sustainable Jersey for Schools actions such as: staff wellness programs, asthma friendly schools, healthy food choices, programs to promote physical activity and more. To see the full list of the actions that qualify for grant funds, review the  grant information packet 
 June 21, 2017 8:30-4:30pm
NJ Sustainability Summit: 12 Breakout Sessions
 
The  2017 New Jersey Sustainability Summit will explore how coordinated local action can achieve an increased collective impact. Sustainable Jersey brings together a unique mix of public and private, state and local partners to support communities in achieving remarkable progress. Read all of the breakout session descriptions here.
 First Energy STEM Classroom $1,000 Grants
 
FirstEnergy  is  offering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education grants of up to $1,000 to educators at schools and youth groups in communities served by our electric operating companies, other areas where we have facilities, and where we do business. Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now available.
Welcome Newly Registered Schools & Districts!
Burlington County 
John Hydock Elementary School (Mansfield)
Mansfield Township School District

Essex County
Brookdale Avenue Elementary School (Verona)
Forest Avenue Elementary School (Verona)
Frederic N. Brown Elementary School (Verona)
Henry B. Whitehorne Middle School (Verona)
Laning Avenue Elementary School (Verona)
Verona High School (Verona)


Morris County
Benedict A. Cucinella Elementary School (Washington)
Briarcliff Elementary School (Mountain Lakes)
Flocktown-Kossmann Elementary School (Washington)
Long Valley Middle School North (Washington)
Mountain Lakes High School
Old Farmers Road Elementary School (Washington)
Washington Township School District
Wildwood Elementary School (Mountain Lakes)
Whippany Park High School (Hanover Park)

Somerset County
Hillsborough Township Public School District

"Going Beyond the Resolution"
NJSBA Sustainability Webinar Series for Board Leaders
 
The New Jersey School Boards Association has designed a free webinar series for school board members who seek a deeper understanding of sustainability, beyond the resolution signed to participate in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Green team members are encouraged to participate in these webinars, as the success of implementing sustainable practices improves with a better understanding by everyone involved in supporting sustainability.

FUTURE WEBINARS IN THE SERIES: 
April 26   1-2pm  Strategic Planning: Incorporating Green Initiatives
May 10   10-11am  Education for Sustainability
June 14  10-11am  Arts Ed Now Toolkit: Supporting Compliance with State Requirements
Find Events & List Events: EarthdayNJ.org
New Jersey Earth Week & National Environmental Education Week 
4/23-4/28
 
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has administered the Earth Day New Jersey website (www.earthdayNJ.org) for almost 20 years.Each year the Earth Day New Jersey website receives more than 50,000 hits in April through May because it features an Events Calendar that lists as many as 100 or more public events, including fairs, cleanups, plantings, festivals, walks and outdoor programs. The Earth Day New Jersey website also features a school programs listing, history of Earth Day and Environmental Education Week, and suggestions for actions that families, schools and individuals can take to help protect the environment. Find out how to list your school events here.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES WITH SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS PARTNERS

STUDENT CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2017 1:00-5:30PM 
High school students are invited to this FREE conference at the Stonybrook Millstone Watershed Association in Pennington, NJ. A variety of workshops will be presented by Princeton University Graduate Students and the Director of the Watershed. Also, tour a highly energy and water efficient LEED platinum-certified building. Engage with students from other schools.Create an action plan for your school and perhaps win a $500 grant for your project. Great local food - FREE Pre-registration required: link here.  

LANDSCAPING FOR A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
APRIL 26, 2017  WEBINAR 1:00-2:00PM
The entire community can reap the benefits of utilizing efficient landscaping techniques to create an attractive environment in balance with the native surroundings, local climate, and function of the space. Learn about actions and resources in both the Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools programs that can help municipalities and schools provide landscapes that reduce stormwater runoff, and minimize water use through use of sustainable landscaping practices.

The webinar will feature a demonstration of the Jersey-Friendly Yards website, (www.jerseyyards.org), an easy-to-use, comprehensive source of information for creating attractive, low-maintenance landscaping that is not only better for the environment but also saves time and money. You'll also hear from Neil Chambers, a member of the South Orange Environmental Commission and the Maplewood, South Orange, and Millburn Green Teams, who will talk about their successful ReYard program, which he helped to create. 
Click here to register.

BEST PRACTICES FOR COMMUNICATING & USING SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL DATA
MAY 2, 2017  WEBINAR 1:00-2:00PM
Reporting progress toward program goals is crucial for supporting and growing Safe Routes to School initiatives. This webinar will explore effective strategies for collecting and using relevant data at the local, regional, and state levels. Speakers will discuss data collection, data-informed decision making, and how to communicate results effectively. Click here to register.

NJSBA SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
MAY 24, 2017  The Conference Center at Mercer, West Windsor, NJ
Take your sustainability efforts to the next level!
NJSBA's Sustainability Leadership Conference will include breakout sessions, a keynote address, and a networking lunch which will offer participants the opportunity to participate in round table discussions on hot topics in green leadership. The day will also include a panel discussion on top ten essential sustainability questions your green team should be asking. This conference will arm you with information on best practices and solutions to help promote sustainable leadership in your district.
Click here for more details.
 
NORTH AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION (NAAEE)
Topics include: Systems Thinking, Diversity & Inclusion in Environmental Education, Telling Your Story with Web Mapping Technology, and more! Visit the NAAEE page here.

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

 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools
$12,000 (potentially) Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship for eligible Cape May County students             (Posted: 3-29-17)

The Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues for a 7th year!

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

GreenWorks! Grants Now Available             (Posted: 3-16-17)

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                                  GreenSchools! Update
                                                       March 2017

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

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

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


EEWeek2017

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


Green Tips

Green Tips of the Month

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


Regards,

James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree

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Washington, DC 20036

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

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

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

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

Haydee Y. Perez-Livingston, MSW

Coordinator, Extended Learning Opportunities Unit

Office of Student Support Services

New Jersey Department of Education

100 River View Plaza

P.O Box 500

Trenton, NJ 08625

609-292-5935 (o)

609-341-3394 (w)

609-633-9655 (f)

email: haydee.perez@doe.state.nj.us  

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

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

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

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

Click HERE.

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

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 National Youth Science Camp

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

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

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

Conserve Wildlife Grants             (Posted: 11-16-16)

Conserve Wildlife Matching Grant Program.

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


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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2016

 

EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click HERE.

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

Click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://youtu.be/8HLFoOoVGQY

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Incentive Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Opportunities Web Site

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

Young Explorers Grants

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

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

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

Education Grants

www.grantsalert.com

NEA Student Achievement Grants

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

TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION GRANTS

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

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

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

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

BUILD AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AT YOUR SCHOOL GRANTS

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

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants

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

Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release

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

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

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

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

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

Order your free Life of the Forest educational materials from International Paper at www.iplifeoftheforest.com