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New Funding: Science Learning+
Freehold Soil Conservation District offers scholarship
Sustainable Jersey: Funding Opportunities
EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program
Afterschool Funding Available - 21st CCLC Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship
New NJNG school fundraiser
Environmental Grant Program 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
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
Grant Opportunities
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
New Funding: Science Learning+             (Posted: 4-11-14)




Science Learning+ will provide up to $14.4 million to support research into how learning happens outside the classroom, exploring the most effective practices and building the evidence base in this area. The aims are: (1) to learn more about, evaluate, and maximize the impact of informal learning experiences, and (2) to improve understanding of how informal environments may help to widen access to STEM for youth from all backgrounds.

Science Learning+ is an international partnership established by NSF (National Science Foundation), the UK-based Wellcome Trust and the UK ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Noyce Foundation.

Science Learning+ funding is particularly aimed at encouraging collaborative projects between researchers and practitioners in the US and UK, developing stronger links and partnerships internationally, and building a learning community for exchanging experience and expertise.

The program’s objectives are:

Strengthen the research and knowledge base

  • research the value and impacts of informal STEM experiences, especially upon young people aged from birth to 19 years;
  • develop a theoretical understanding of the processes which lead to these impacts;
  • develop better methodologies to measure the impacts of informal STEM experiences especially upon learning and mediation of learning;
  • build research capacity in informal STEM learning;

Bridge the practice and research gap

  • increase partnerships, understanding and influence between researchers and practitioners; develop collaborations among institutions and individuals engaged in informal STEM experiences;
  • translate, communicate and document the outcomes of research into practice;

Share knowledge and experience

  • encourage the sharing of knowledge and skills relating to informal STEM learning, between researchers and practitioners, across different countries (particularly the UK and US), and across different areas of research expertise.

The funding will take place in two phases lasting over four to six years, with half of the funds coming from NSF and the other half from UK sources. One-year-long Planning Grants (proposals due on July 10, 2014) will enable initial collaboration and ideas development. Partnership Grants (due in 2015), will fund research activities for up to five years.

Science Learning+ is a 6th Program Type within the new AISL Solicitation (See publication 14-555 at If you have questions after reading the new solicitation, please contact Dennis Schatz ( or Richard Duschl (, the Science Learning+ Program Directors.

Freehold Soil Conservation District offers scholarship             (Posted: 3-19-14)

Three $2,000 Scholarships to be awarded in 2014

Freehold Soil Conservation District will award three $2,000 scholarships to students majoring in a conservation-related field in the summer of 2014. The Neal Munch, Mac Clark and Bill Schauer Scholarships are awarded annually to honor their years of dedicated and distinguished service to Freehold District and to conservation. This will mark the 33rd consecutive year that Freehold Soil Conservation District will award college scholarships.

All applicants must be:
" A New Jersey resident of Monmouth or Middlesex County
" Entering junior or senior year of college by the fall of 2014
" Majoring in a field related to conservation including, but not limited to: agriculture, environmental education, environmental science, environmental studies, forestry, geology, landscape design, resource management, soil science, etc.

Applications are available online at under Education, by email to, or by calling (732)683-8500.

Application deadline is April 25, 2014.

Sustainable Jersey: Funding Opportunities             (Posted: 3-19-14)

DVRPC to Fund $1 Million in Local Planning Projects to New Jersey Communities through TCDI Grant Program   


Local and county governments in Greater Philadelphia will have an opportunity to improve their communities through a grant program funded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). The Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grants provide a mechanism for municipalities to undertake locally directed actions to improve their communities, supporting local, county, and regional planning goals. TCDI funds planning, analysis or design initiatives that implement the region's long-range plan, Connections 2040, and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system.  


A total of $1 million in grants may be available for communities in New Jersey. A maximum of $125,000 per community is allotted, with up to $175,000 for multi-municipal efforts. Communities are required to provide a minimum 20 percent match.  

Applications must be submitted online to DVRPC by 5:00 p.m. on  May 30, 2014 . Prior to submitting a completed TCDI application, applicants must attend the pre-application meeting on  Tuesday ,  March 18  from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at DVRPC, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Floor, Main Conference Room, Philadelphia, PA. DVRPC staff will provide instructions on the application process, project evaluation, project selection, and contracting process. 

Complete application and supplemental information is available here    



Farm to School Grant Program  


The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. New in FY 2015, USDA will make approximately an additional $500,000 available to eligible entities to support conferences, trainings, and events focused on farm to school program development. In this funding round, USDA is soliciting applications for four types of grants:
  • Conference/Event
  • Planning
  • Implementation
  • Support Service
This funding can help you complete Sustainable Jersey's Buy Fresh Buy Local, Community or School Gardens and Farmers Market actions.

Application Deadline for Conference/Event Grants: April 2, 2014

Application Deadline for Planning, Implementation & Support Service Grants: April 30, 2014


$20 Million in Grant Funding for Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Programs is Now Available!


Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs.  The solicitation for these federally funded programs is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).   

The application deadline is May 15, 2014
. For more information, click here.



Visit the Sustainable Jersey Grants Portal for a list of available grants.   

EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program             (Posted: 2-27-14)

Click HERE.

Afterschool Funding Available - 21st CCLC Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)             (Posted: 2-24-14)

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: 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:  Information regarding the webinar will be sent to those individuals registered. 

If you have any questions, please send an email to

2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship             (Posted: 2-19-14)

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 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.

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.

Environmental Grant Program             (Posted: 1-31-14)

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

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

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

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

NJ Sustainable Schools Project             (Posted: 11-16-11)

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: .

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             (Posted: 6-28-11)

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

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

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

Entertainment Software Association Foundation Applications             (Posted: 6-25-10)

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             (Posted: 6-18-10)

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

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


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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Youth Incentive Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student Opportunities Web Site

This new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Student Opportunities Web site provides information about NOAA educational opportunities, scholarships, internships, and fellowships. The site also provides student opportunities by geographic location, underrepresented communities, and opportunities specific to students with disabilities.

Young Explorers Grants

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

Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™

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

Education Grants

NEA Student Achievement Grants

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


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

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

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


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

Grant Opportunities

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

The Office of Grants Appeals becomes aware of various grant opportunities from an assortment of sources and is sharing these opportunities in the hope of increasing awareness and ultimately, the funding to improve education.The following is a list of recently released grant opportunities that can be accessed through our grant website at 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

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

Order your free Life of the Forest educational materials from International Paper at

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.