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CONTENTS:
Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunity: Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program - apply today!
Source Reduction Grants & A Green Infrastructure Challenge!
EPA SRA RFP Released - Proposals due August 23, 2018 Quick Turnaround
Funding Opportunity: New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program NGO
Student Science Video Challenge $250,000 Scholarship Prize
NSF Funded Science Opportunity of Teachers and Students
SJ4S: Sustainability Grants Announced
Grant Opportunity for Friends Groups
21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)-Cohort 14-Year 1 of 5 competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
NJ Eco-Schools November Newsletter: Grants and Resources
EPA Grant Funds Teacher Training Through The College of New Jersey
$12,000 (potentially) Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship for eligible Cape May County students
Conserve Wildlife Grants
EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program
Announcing New Support for Family Nature Clubs
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
New NJNG school fundraiser
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
Find Federal Grant Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
4imprint Grants
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Beetle incentive for youth projects
Environmental Justice Program Grants
Young Explorers Grants
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
Education 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
Grant Opportunities             (Posted: 8-7-18)

 
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Grant Opportunities

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US Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Grants

The U.S. Forest Service is now requesting applications for Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) grants for Fiscal Year 2019. Eligible projects can include, but are not limited to, tree planting projects in urban and municipal areas, and forest health management and treatment activities.

Learn more

An informational webinar on the LSR grant program will be held on Tuesday,  August 21, 2018 at 11 am 

Register

 Applicants must submit an initial draft of their Grants.gov application to NJ State Forester John Sacco by September 14, 2018.

 


USEPA

USEPA Healthy Watershed Consortium Grants

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program.  Eligible projects can include, but are not limited to, large-scale green infrastructure projects, sustainable land use planning that protects healthy watersheds, and projects that demonstrate or quantify the economic benefits of healthy watersheds. 

 

Grant application deadline: Monday, February 4, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. Eastern

 

Learn more

 


NSF

National Science Foundation (NSF) Funding to Connect Students to a World of STEM Opportunities

 

August 14, 2018 at 2PM EST 

Join the NSF Grants Office and special guests from Intel, Lenovo and Connection Public Sector Solutions for a discussion of NSF grant opportunities and technology solutions that can help you expand your STEM offerings, while also building practical connections with higher education, industry, and STEM leaders around the world.

  

Register




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Grant Opportunity: Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program - apply today!             (Posted: 8-7-18)

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Grant Opportunity: Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program
Click here to learn more and apply!

Through the Community Grant Program, Walmart Foundation associates are proud to support the needs of their communities by providing grants to local organizations.

Before applying, please note:
  • The 2018 grant cycle begins Feb. 1, 2018 and the application deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2018.
  • Application may be submitted at any time during this funding cycle. Please note that applications will only remain pending in our system for 90 days.
  • Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000.
Organizations applying must meet one of the following criteria:
  • An organization holding a current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code, listed in the IRS Master File that conduct activities in the United States.
  • A recognized government entity: state, county, or city agency, including law enforcement or fire departments, that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes;
  • A K-12 public or private school, charter school, community/junior college, state/private college or university; or
  • A church or other faith-based organization with a proposed project that benefits the community at large such as food pantries, soup kitchens, clothing closets, etc.
  • All organizations must verify that they meet the eligibility requirements. This may require submitting a support ticket through Cybergrants.
  • Applications must be completed in full and submitted online to be considered.
  • Submitting an online application does not guarantee funding.
  • The facility manager and the grant administrator reserve the right to adjust the amount awarded to each organization without prior notice.
Please read the Community Grant Guidelines before beginning your application.

Click here to learn more and apply!
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Diane Genco
Executive Director
NJSACC: The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities
www.njsacc.org
dianegenco@njsacc.org

Source Reduction Grants & A Green Infrastructure Challenge!             (Posted: 7-26-18)

  • EPA SourceReduction Assistance Grant
    • https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-07/documents/fy18-fy19_sra_rfp_final_0.pdf
    • The US EPA has posted the Request for Proposals for fiscal year 2018-2019 Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grant competition.
    • The submission deadline is Thursday, August 23, 2018.
    • Eligible applicants include:
      • State/commonwealth agencies and universities
      • Local, city and township governments
      • Independent school district governments
      • Non-profit organizations
      • Non-profit private institutions of higher education
      • Community-based grassroots organizations
      • Federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia
    • EPA Region 2 will have approximately $260,000 in total funding to award in the SRA grant competition, and expects to award 2-3 grants (funding ranging $20,000-$100,000)

·       Applicants need to provide 5% match of the total project cost.

·      Region 2 will give special emphasis to projects that focus on Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. However, we strongly encourage proposals from New York, New Jersey and the Indian Tribes.

·       Proposals need to fit within one or more of the following emphasis areas:

o  Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Priorities and Chemical Safety

o   Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing

o   Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities

o  EPA RainWorks Challenge

    • https://www.epa.gov/campusrainworks
    • The 7th Annual EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge seeks to engage with undergraduate and graduate students to foster a dialogue about stormwater management and showcase the environmental, economic, and social benefits of green infrastructure practices.
    • Challenge Highlights:
      • Two design categories: Master Plan & Demonstration Project
      • College teams in the demonstration project category can select to design a site at a nearby elementary, middle, or high school campus
      • Teams are required to get creative with a video pitch that makes the case for their green infrastructure design
    • The Campus RainWorks Challenge is open to institutions of higher education across the United States and its territories.
    • Important Dates:
      • Registration: September 2018
      • Deadline for Entries: December 14, 2018
      • Winners Announced: Spring 2019
    • For more information, contact RainWorks@epa.gov

EPA SRA RFP Released - Proposals due August 23, 2018 Quick Turnaround             (Posted: 7-26-18)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has posted the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the fiscal year 2018-2019 Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grant competition: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-07/documents/fy18-fy19_sra_rfp_final_0.pdf. The submission deadline is Thursday, August 23, 2018.

Eligible applicants include: state/commonwealth agencies, state/commonwealth universities, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, non-profit organizations, nonprofit private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.

EPA Region 2 will have approximately $260,000 in total funding to award in the SRA grant competition, and expects to award 2-3 grants (funding range of $20,000-$100,00). Applicants need to provide a 5% match of the total project cost. Region 2 will give special emphasis to projects that focus on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. However, we strongly encourage proposals from New York, New Jersey and the Indian Tribes. Proposals need to fit within one or more of the following national emphasis areas:

" Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Priorities and Chemical Safety
" Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
" Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or telephone. Thank you for your interest!

Alex Peck
Pollution Prevention Coordinator, EPA Region 2
(212) 637-3758

Funding Opportunity: New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program NGO             (Posted: 7-10-18)

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to release the New Jersey Afterschool Summer Program (NJASP) Notice of Grant Opportunity(NGO).

This opportunity is a limited, competitive grant program open to any national or statewide public or private 501(c)(3) youth-serving organization or 21st Century Community Learning Centers grantees not funded for the 2018-2019 academic year, excluding non-public schools, but limited to those that:
" have implemented an afterschool program that has been evaluated and demonstrated positive results; and
" have at least four years' experience operating an afterschool program; and
" currently operate an afterschool and summer enrichment program serving New Jersey youth from low-income families.

Funding supports afterschool, before school and/or summer enrichment programming for 100 students attending NJDOE designated comprehensive or targeted public schools or other schools as defined in the NGO. Interested applicants should read the NGO for more information. The NGO can be accessed at https://www.nj.gov/cgi-bin/education/grants/gropps2.pl?string=recnum=01764&maxhits=1

A technical assistance session will be held this month, the details are within the NGO.

NSF Funded Science Opportunity of Teachers and Students             (Posted: 5-29-18)

Amazon Adventure

Dr. Mary Nucci, Rutgers University
Diane Carlson, Pacific Science Center

Project Description: The National Science Foundation has funded a study of the film Amazon Adventure comparing learning across different formats. This research is being coordinated by Pacific Science Center and administered by Rutgers University. Students in the 5th grade in Washington, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Connecticut will participate in the study in addition to students in New Jersey. The project will run from September 1-December 15, 2018.

Students participating in the research will either watch the film or participate in a classroom lesson based on the film. Students will complete assessments immediately before and after the film or lesson at Rutgers and six weeks later at their school. Assessments will include paper and pencil and a tablet game. Note that assessments will be done in English so the majority of the student participants should be native/fluent English speakers.

A parent or legal guardian will need to consent to their child’s participation.

There is no cost to the school for this visit to Rutgers. Transportation cost will be paid for by Pacific Science Center and lunch will be provided for students, teachers and chaperones.

The film and lesson focus on the New Jersey and Next Generation Science Standards:
3-LS4-2 (2,3) Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
3-LS3 (1,2) Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Questions and how to apply:
- Please contact Dr. Mary Nucci at mnucci@sebs.rutgers.edu with any questions
- To apply, fill out the form at tinyurl.com/y8czrvy2
- Applications due by September 15, 2018

What is required of me:
- School approval to participate
- Distribution of consent forms to guardians of students in the participating classes.
- Six week follow up in classroom

Participant will receive:
- Classroom lesson or film screening
- Transportation
- Lunch
- As requested, copy of research results

SJ4S: Sustainability Grants Announced             (Posted: 5-15-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
300 Districts     747 Schools     Participating
26 Schools Receive Grants to Implement Sustainability Projects 
Grant awards, funded by the PSEG Foundation, support integrating sustainability 
into student learning experiences

Sustainable Jersey has announced the awarding of $100,000 to support 26 sustainability projects in schools and districts across the state. The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grants, funded by the PSEG Foundation, include six $10,000 grants and twenty $2,000 grants. The grants will fund a recycling program for Newark Public School District, after-school garden clubs at Middlesex County Vocational and Technical School District, filtered water bottle filling stations at Christopher Columbus Middle School in the City of Clifton, a pollinator garden at Richard E. Byrd Elementary in Glen Rock, a recycling campaign to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles at Henry B. Whitehorne Middle School in Verona and much more.

The PSEG Foundation has contributed over one million dollars in funding to the Sustainable Jersey Grants Program. "We are proud to partner with Sustainable Jersey, an organization bringing about real positive change for our state, to support and help fund projects that provide sustainable neighborhoods, economic development and STEM education. By supporting sustainable education in schools, we can help guide children and engage entire communities in the ways to help transform the environment," said Barb Short, president of the PSEG Foundation. Read more about the grant projects here. 
WEBINAR: Linking School Wellness to Sustainability Initiatives 
May 23, 2018 3:00 PM
Learn how to establish and sustain an active School Wellness Council that proactively works to promote and advocate for student and staff health and a healthy school environment. Become familiar with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s Self-assessment and Planning Tool, the School Health Index (SHI), and learn how developing a School Health Improvement Plan can further your sustainability goals. Join Health & Wellness Task for member Sue Cornell, Director of Healthy U at the NJ State Alliance of YMCA's as we take a deeper dive into the School Wellness action within the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
2018 New Jersey Sustainability Summit

Attend the 2018 NJ Sustainability Summit; review the list of breakout sessions.

Session Spotlight: Let the Youth Lead
Students across the state are leading sustainability initiatives in their schools and communities. Hear from Sustainable Jersey for Schools program participants about ways students are driving change in their school community. Let the kids inspire you!

Thursday, June 21, 2018 
at The College of New Jersey
$35: Elected and appointed officials; public and non-profit employees, green team volunteers
$100: All other attendees
New Education for Sustainability Pre-K action

Does your school have a Pre-Kindergarten program? You can now submit a lesson from one of your Pre-K lesson for points under the new Education for Sustainability Pre-K action. 
Click here to learn more. 
Welcome Newly Registered Schools
Essex County
Brookdale Elementary School (Bloomfield)
Franklin Elementary School (Bloomfield)

Middlesex County
Arleth Elementary School (Sayreville)
Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary School (Sayreville)
Harry S. Truman Elementary School (Sayreville)
Samsel Upper Elementary School (Sayreville)
Sayreville Middle School
Wilson Elementary School (Sayrevillle)
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

STUDENT CLIMATE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
May 12th  12:30pm-5:30pm, Princeton Day School
The Student Climate Leadership Conference is a free conference created by high school students to share and learn about climate change and sustainability. More information here.

OCEAN FUN DAYS 15TH ANNIVERSARY
May 19th  11am-3pm, Island Beach State Park- Seaside Park, NJ
May 20th 11am-3pm, NJ Sea Grant Consortium- Highlands, NJ
Don't miss NJNG's 15th annual Ocean Fun Days and celebrate the wonders of the Jersey Shore. Enjoy hands-on exhibits, classes, nature tours and children's activities. Learn from marine scientists, researchers and environmentalist how to preserve our coastal resources so we can all continue to enjoy them for years to come. Free family event. More information  here.
 
CLOUD INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABILITY EDUCATION- Curriculum Design Studio
August 6-10,  Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Join the Cloud Institute for a 5-day curriculum design studio in August, where educators, administrators, and program designers will learn how to design and embed EfS into curricula, assessments, and performance tasks without the need for additional class time!
Held at the beautiful Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, you will get access to expertise, resources, and tools to reorient and enrich curricula. Through working sessions, learning circles, coaching, peer review, and optional mini-sessions, you will create and develop units and protocols that educate for sustainability. Come yourself or bring a team! Register today. Space is limited. Scholarships available through Omega Institute. 

PSEG & OASIS 5TH ANNUAL SOLAR JAM 2018
May 19th  10am-2pm, Princeton High School  (Register by May 5th)
The Solar Jam is a competitive solar powered car race for students in grades 3-8! Information flyer.  Race Rules. 
 
NJADP STATEWIDE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING (Free)
May 4,2018 8am-12:30 Sicklerville, NJ
View 2017-2018 Schedule here
 
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 available 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  

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

Grant Opportunity for Friends Groups             (Posted: 5-8-18)

Click HERE

21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)-Cohort 14-Year 1 of 5 competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)             (Posted: 2-26-18)

The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to release the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC)-Cohort 14-Year 1 of 5 competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO).

The purpose of the 21st CCLC NGO is to provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services 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 and their adult family members when school is not in session.

The 21st CCLC program is a limited, competitive grant program open to all New Jersey public or private agencies; local education agencies (LEAs), which includes charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions, and special services school districts; nonpublic schools; community-based organizations; city or county government agencies; faith-based organizations; institutions of higher education; for-profit agencies; Indian tribes or tribal organizations; or consortiums of two or more such agencies, organizations, or entities, but limited to those that will serve students in grades three through 12, who primarily attend schools implementing comprehensive or targeted support and improvement activities under section ESSA 1111(d); or other schools determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support.

The NGO has been posted to the NJDOE Webpage, under discretionary grant opportunities at www.nj.gov/education/grants/gropps.shtml. The technical assistance information is listed within section 1.

NJ Eco-Schools November Newsletter: Grants and Resources             (Posted: 1-25-18)

NJ Eco-Schools November News
Green Schoolyard Resources

The Children and Nature Network is offering Green Schoolyard Resources for administrators, teachers, parents, and community members to help turn school grounds into nature-filled environments where children can thrive. Learn more.
Farm to School Grant Deadline December 8
USDA is awarding grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grants available for planning, implementation, or training ranging from $20,000 to $100,000. Learn more.
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Deadline January 31
Proposals are being accepted for projects that provide ecological improvements to a variety of habitats, increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities. Learn more.
Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program Deadline February 9
PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program. Funding supports projects that help schools gain points needed for Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification Learn more.
eco-Solution Grants Deadline January 16
Captain Planet Foundation will be giving out grants of $500 - $2500 to support solution oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. Learn more.
New Jersey Eco-School Restores Dunes

While the country is still reeling from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) students are restoring the damage to native dune vegetation caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Their efforts earned the school a Bronze Award. More
Trash Reduced by 326,103 lbs
Congratulations! New Jersey Eco-Schools have reduced trash by 326,106 lbs. If most of the waste is paper, that's equal to 4.9 million trees saved! Learn more about the Consumption and Waste Pathway.
Eco-Schools USA in NJ is Supported by:
Contact Allison Mulch, Eco-Schools USA Coordinator 
NJ Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve in Cranbury, NJ

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.

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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/

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

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

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

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