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CONTENTS:
2014 EE Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals
Grant to Support Your Events
2015 RFP Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
EE at EPA: Grant and Award Updates
Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2015 Request for Proposals
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
New Funding: Science Learning+
New NJNG school fundraiser
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
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
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
2014 EE Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals             (Posted: 11-25-14)

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EPA is Now Accepting Proposals for the 2014 EE Grants Program

Proposals for the initial stage of the 2014 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program are now being accepted.  This year, EPA intends to issue two Requests for Proposals (RFP) under the EE Grants Program; the EE Model Grants RFP is now available for viewing.  Three grants, for approximately $192,200 each, will be awarded under this RFP. 

Under the EE Model Grants RFP, EPA seeks grant proposals to support EE projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship.  Projects under this RFP will help provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment.  Proposals must include projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate model EE practices, methods, or techniques.  Each funded proposal must demonstrate replicability by locating and conducting the project in more than one state or U.S. territory during the project period. 


EPA anticipates releasing an additional RFP under the 2014 EE Grants Program in early winter, for local grants that will be awarded by EPA regional offices.  Visit the 2014 EE Grants Program webpage for details on how to apply.  Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted shortly.


EPA's Publication Center Streamlines Ordering EE Materials

It's now easier to order EPA environmental education materials for your classroom.  The National Service Center for Environmental Publications is offering new order forms listing materials grouped by grade range (K-3, K-12, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and General Information for Teachers).  Each form has a picture of the item, title, brief description of the item, and the quantity limit that can be ordered. Order materials for your students today.

Order Form Example

Grant to Support Your Events             (Posted: 11-25-14)

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Apply for an Every Day Event Grant!

Applications due December 18, 2014 

Every Day Event Grants provide funding to public land organizations, or Friends Groups to engage their community on a public land site. These grants help fund events that are educational, recreational and/or volunteer-based.     

The deadline for the Every Day Event Grants is December 18. Sixty Friends Groups will receive grant funding of up to $2,000 each to hold a minimum of three events. To submit a proposal or read the frequently asked questions, visit the Every Day Event Grants webpage.

Every Day Event Grants are made possible with the support of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. The support from Toyota has led to the creation and expansion of the Public Lands Every Day Program.    

2015 RFP Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program             (Posted: 11-24-14)

Applications are now being accepted for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program.  See the announcement below for more information.

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
2015 Request for Proposals Announced November 5, 2015

 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Corporation for National and Community Service, FedEx, Southern Company, Bank of America and PG&E are pleased to solicit applications for the 2015 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program which is managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).  The grant program is offered in conjunction with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership which gives priority to projects located in underserved, environmentally overburdened communities.

The Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships. NFWF anticipates that approximately $2,000,000 in combined total funding will be available for projects such: wetlands creation and restoration; green infrastructure and stormwater management; citizen’s science and volunteer water monitoring; projects that reduce or eliminate trash from entering waterways; coastal habitat, riparian, urban forest restoration and other water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities.

 NFWF will host a webinar for potential applicants on November 18, 2014. This RFP closes February 2, 2015.  For more information go to www.nfwf.org/fivestar.

EE at EPA: Grant and Award Updates             (Posted: 11-13-14)

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Grant and Award Updates


EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the completion of awards for the 2013 Environmental Education Model Grants ProgramFrom applications received in 2013, EPA has funded 20 grants from across the country, ranging from $75,000- 200,000, for a total of approximately $2.8 million. 

Projects include community energy education, summer programs for low-income teenagers, integration of multimedia learning tools into watershed education, environmental health education on the impact of climate change and asthma, and hands-on K-12 environmental education programs. Learn about new grantees in your region. The next application cycle will open later this fall.


EPA Honors Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners

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Through the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards, EPA recognizes green chemistry technologies that help solve environmental issues through innovation. The awards are presented in five categories: academic, small business, greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions, and designing greener chemicals. Collectively, program award winners have reduced the generation of hazardous chemicals and solvents, saved billions of gallons of water, and prevented the release of billions of pounds of carbon dioxide equivalents. Learn more about green chemistry and the 2014 award winners.

This year, Amyris Inc.; Solazyme Inc.; QD Vision, Inc.; The Solberg Company; and Professor Shannon Stahl from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are being recognized for their green chemistry solutions. Read a blog post by EPA Assistant Administrator Jim Jones, congratulating the winners.

Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2015 Request for Proposals             (Posted: 10-21-14)

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 Funding: Science Learning+             (Posted: 4-11-14)

SCIENCE LEARNING +

 

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 http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793). If you have questions after reading the new solicitation, please contact Dennis Schatz (dschatz@nsf.gov) or Richard Duschl (rduschl@nsf.gov), the Science Learning+ Program Directors.

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

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: 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

EIRC

(856) 582-7000 X 170

cjames@eirc.org

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.

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.
http://www.theesa.com/foundation/index.asp

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

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 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.
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

Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas

http://www.for-wild.org/seedmony.html
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.