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CONTENTS:
Nonprofits, Universities and Colleges Urged to Apply for Grants for Projects to Enhance Coastal-Resilience Planning Efforts
Webinar: Learn more about the UL Innovative Education Award application process
SJ: This Week! Municipal Grant Application Deadline
SJ4S: Grant Awards & Applications
NEEF grant opportunity: Health and the Natural Environment
American Water - American Water Accepting Applications for 2019 Environmental Grant Program
Hackensack Riverkeeper's 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship
EPA Announces $40 Million in Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines
Sharing the Word about Community College Opportunity Grants
Request for Proposals from NJ Sea Grant Consortium
SJ: New Funding Available for Municipalities and Schools
Funding Announcement from CCDBG (Child Care Development Block Grant)
Apply for this Grant re: Funding for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, & more
EPA Grant Funds Teacher Training Through The College of New Jersey
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
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
Nonprofits, Universities and Colleges Urged to Apply for Grants for Projects to Enhance Coastal-Resilience Planning Efforts             (Posted: 3-12-19)

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Webinar: Learn more about the UL Innovative Education Award application process             (Posted: 3-4-19)

Click HERE.

SJ: This Week! Municipal Grant Application Deadline             (Posted: 2-15-19)

Click HERE.

SJ4S: Grant Awards & Applications             (Posted: 2-15-19)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
323 Districts     843 Schools     Participating

47 Grants Awarded for School Sustainability Projects
 On February 4, 2019, $180,000 was awarded through the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA).  These grants will support a variety of projects including vertical aeroponic tower gardens, student green team capacity building, outdoor classrooms, innovative recycling efforts and many others. For more information, read the press release.
2018 Gardinier Environmental Fund Grant Recipients Announced
On January 30, 2019, $160,000 was awarded to two school districts and 10 municipalities through the Sustainable Jersey Grants program funded by the Gardinier Environmental Fund.  These grants will support projects including electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and education; a solar energy feasibility study and community solar education; and innovative energy efficiency projects in school facilities and municipal buildings. See the press release for information about the funded projects. 
Support Your Sustainability Initiatives with a Grant!
 
PSEG Foundation is contributing $100,000 to support another cycle of the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Grants Program:
  • Four (4) $10,000 grants to school districts and schools
  • Thirty (30) $2,000 grants to schools 
Application deadline: March 15

Go HERE for more information and links to application pages.

UPCOMING DEADLINES for 2019 CERTIFICATION CYCLE:
  • March 29 - Second 2019 Online Application Submission Deadline
  • June 24 - FINAL 2019 Online Application Submission Deadline
Not sure how to where to begin? Check out our application user guide, view a recorded certification webinar and plan for success using our Master Action Tracking spreadsheet

Sustainable Practices Working Sessions for Green Teams

Two Dates In February!


The New Jersey School Boards Association, in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, is offering free one-day Sustainable Practices Working Sessions for members and school district personnel. Participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. Gather your green team and strategize for certification and cost savings in 2019!

Each session begins with a continental breakfast at 8:30 am; registration is at 9 am.
February 21-    Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
February 28-    NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton

Professional Development: Earn 4 Board Member Academy credits and 4 Certified Green Leader credits for attending this program. This program is sponsored by the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey. Download & share the informational flyer with your green team!
Welcome Newly Registered Districts & Schools

Bergen County
Anna C. Scott ElementarySchool (Leonia)
Leonia High School
Leonia Middle School

Burlington County
Chatsworth Elementary School
 
Camden County
H. B. Wilson Elementary School (Camden)
 
Essex County
Wilson Avenue Elementary School (Newark)

Morris County
Birchwood Elementary School ((Dover)
Catherine A. Dwyer Elementary School (Wharton)
Copeland Middle School (Rockaway)
Dennis B. O'Brien Elementary School (Dover)
Katherine D. Malone Elementary School (Rockaway)
Montville High School
Stony Brook Elementary 
School (Rockaway)
 
Monmouth County
Farmingdale Public School District
Farmingdale Elementary School
 
Warren County
Lopatcong Elementary School (Phillipsburg)
NOW Youth Leadership Award

Nominations open through March 15, 2019


Do you know a young person (ages 10-21) who has stepped up as a leader on issues ranging from climate change to safe drinking water to toxic ingredients in personal care products? Nominate them for the NOW Youth Leadership Award.  Click HERE for more information and the nomination form.   
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Teaching Scholar Program: Biodiversity Field Methods 
June 24-28, Stokes State Forest 
Application Deadline: April 1, 2019 
Click HERE for details and application.

COST: FREE Scholarships will be funded by National Geographic and Montclair State University. Scholarships include all meals, on-site lodging and educational resources.

This five-day summer professional development workshop for middle school science teachers will focus on an extended hands-on experience in assessing ecosystem biodiversity. Teachers will work alongside academic researchers and professional scientists to identify flora and fauna in the forest, stream and lake ecosystems in and around the NJ School of Conservation (NJSOC) within Stokes State Forest.

NJAHPERD 100TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
February 24-27 Long Branch, NJ
This training supports the Programs to Promote Physical Activities & Education for Sustainability: Health actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. 
The NJ Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance is holding its 100th Annual Convention. More information & opportunities to submit a proposal here.

GREEN TEACHER WEBINAR SERIES
Registration information here.
Feb 13- Using Progressive Skits to Teach Food Chains 7:30-8:30pm

INDOOR AIR QUALITY (IAQ) TRAINING by PEOSH/NJADP
Various dates & locations 8am-12:30pm. FREE. Register here. 
This free training supports the Indoor Air Quality Review and Asthma Friendly School actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program, which require staff training. 
Mar 1 -    Metuchen, NJ
Apr 26 -  Bridgewater, NJ
May 1 -    Sicklerville, NJ
June 7 -  Robbinsville, NJ 

FREE INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM) TRAINING SERIES
Various dates & locations 8am-12:30pm. FREE. Register here.
Training sessions are offered for school IPM Coordinators and other school personnel with administrative responsibilities. Knowledge received from this training can be applied to the Integrated Pest Management - Education & Organic Lawn Care Action 
in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program.
Feb 15 -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 22 -  Sicklerville, NJ
Apr 12 -   Bridgewater, NJ
May 3 -    Metuchen, NJ
May 31 -     Washington, NJ
 
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

NEEF grant opportunity: Health and the Natural Environment             (Posted: 2-15-19)

Click HERE.

American Water - American Water Accepting Applications for 2019 Environmental Grant Program             (Posted: 2-5-19)

Grants - (Schools are eligible to apply.)
American Water is now accepting applications for their 2019 Environmental Grant Program. Grants of up to $10,000 are available to support innovative, community based environmental projects in American Water service areas (which include NJ - New Jersey American Water) that improve, restore or protect the watersheds, surface water and groundwater supplies in our local communities.  Applications must be postmarked by March 29, 2019 and recipients will be notified by April 26, 2019.

Contests:
Rutgers Arbor Day Tree Photo Contest for Students...sponsored by the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program. Entries due March 1! #ArborDay#PhotoContest
(See attached announcement.)

Training:

Need to be Core trained? The next NJUCF Core Training will held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Holly House at Rutgers Gardens. The registration form for this training is available at: https://urbanforestry.rutgers.edu/njucfce/core_training_documents.html?fbclid=IwAR3b5mfO1BZ5KZzbCvyl_EW2wx06GUD7n-4byGWWlVmbcH8g2OSC9b9Vbso

We post a lot of grant & training info on our NJ Urban & Community Forestry Facebook Page.  

Hackensack Riverkeeper's 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship             (Posted: 1-2-19)

HackensackRIVERKEEPER

231 Main Street * Hackensack, NJ 07601* 201-968-0808 * 201-968-0336 (FAX) * www.hackensackriverkeeper.org

 

January 2, 2019

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Contact:Captain Hugh Carola

 Hackensack Riverkeeper Now Accepting 2019 Ron Vellekamp Scholarship Applications 

Also accepting donations to support the environmental scholarship fund 

Hackensack Riverkeeper, the citizen-steward of the Hackensack River Watershed is pleased to announce it is accepting applications for the 2019 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship. Now in its nineteenth year, the program named in honor of the late Ridgefield, NJ science teacher and founding Riverkeeper Trustee, helps support college-bound high school seniors who excel academically and who have a strong commitment environmental protection. 

Seniors at sixty-six high schools in Bergen, Hudson and Rockland Counties are eligible to be nominated by a teacher or guidance counselor for the award. Applications must be postmarked no later than Earth Day, April 22, 2019. A panel of Hackensack Riverkeeper Trustees and staffers led by Captains Bill Sheehan and Hugh Carola will review each application and consider the students’ academic achievements, environmental extracurricular activities and future plans. The winner of the $1000 unrestricted award will be announced by June 1, 2019. 

Additional information and full application criteria are available at www.hackensackriverkeeper.org by emailing Carola at Hugh@hackensackriverkeeper.org; or calling him at 201-968-0808 x102. 

One requirement that must be met in order for any student to be considered is that all applicants live within the 210-square mile Hackensack River Watershed and/or attend a school within that region. A list of watershed municipalities is available on Hackensack Riverkeeper’s website. For those residing in bi-watershed communities like Jersey City and Paramus, NJ or Ramapo, NY nominators are cautioned to ensure a student’s eligibility before submitting an application. Copies of the scholarship criteria have already been sent to the Guidance Directors at all fifty-six schools within the region. 

Hackensack Riverkeeper’s 2018 Vellekamp Scholar was Amir Mustafa of West New York, NJ who is currently attending Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken where he’s studying environmental engineering. In his application essay, Mustafa, whose grandparents emigrated from Palestine to the U.S.A. via Cuba, wrote of his Hudson County upbringing where there is one tree planted on my concrete neighborhood block,  “Against all odds, I DO care. My future classes as an environmental engineer will allow me to build a better world – starting in my hometown”. 

“Inspired engineers can – and will – put into practice all of the Best Practices for which we advocate,” said RIverkeeper Captain Bill Sheehan. “Everything from wetlands restoration to proper stormwater management to renewable energy development relies on talented professionals who are willing to embrace 21st Century mindsets instead of relying on ‘the same old same old’. I’m sure Amir will be just such a professional.” 

Those without a high school senior in the family but who support their local best and brightest students can participate in the program by making a targeted donation to the scholarship fund. Donations to the Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship are tax-deductible and can be made by check or online. Fully 100% of all such donations will go to support the fund. 

EPA Announces $40 Million in Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines             (Posted: 1-2-19)

EPA Announces $40 Million in Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

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EPA Announces $40 Million in Funding to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Engines

Grant funding prioritized for areas facing air quality challenges

Media contacts: Jennah Durant or Joe Hubbard, R6Press@epa.gov or 214 665-2200

DALLAS – (Dec. 21, 2018) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of grant funding to implement projects aimed at reducing emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of older diesel engines. EPA anticipates awarding approximately $40 million in Diesel Emission Reduction Program (DERA) grant funding to eligible applicants, subject to the availability of funds. Applicants in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas can apply for up to $2.5 million in funds.
 

“By financially supporting projects that upgrade aging diesel engines, EPA is helping improve their efficiency and reduce air pollution throughout the nation,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “From our grant programs to our new Cleaner Trucks Initiative, EPA is taking important steps to help modernize heavy-duty trucks and provide cleaner, more efficient methods of transportation that will protect the environment and keep our economy growing.”

“In EPA Region 6, DERA funding has helped schools, municipalities, and even airports contribute to improving air quality,” said Regional Administrator Anne Idsal. “We encourage a wide variety of applicants to take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade their fleets and be part of cleaner, healthier communities.”

Diesel-powered engines move approximately 90 percent of the nation’s freight tonnage, and today nearly all highway freight trucks, locomotives, and commercial marine vessels are powered by diesel engines.

EPA is soliciting applications nationwide for projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions and exposure, especially from fleets operating at goods movements facilities in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority for funding will also be given to projects that engage and benefit local communities and applicants that demonstrate their ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended.

EPA anticipates releasing a separate Tribal Clean Diesel funding opportunity in late 2019.

In October, during Children’s Health Month, EPA announced the availability of approximately $9 million in rebates to public school bus fleet owners to help replace or upgrade older engines. This is the sixth rebate program to fund cleaner school buses under DERA, that have supported nearly 25,000 cleaner buses across the country for America’s school children.

Background

Since the first year of the DERA program in 2008, EPA has competitively awarded over 530 grants and 390 rebates across the country. Many of these projects funded cleaner diesel engines that operate in economically disadvantaged communities whose residents suffer from higher-than-average instances of asthma, heart and lung disease.

Eligible applicants include regional, state, local or tribal agencies, or port authorities with jurisdiction over transportation or air quality. Nonprofit organizations may apply if they provide pollution reduction or educational services to diesel fleet owners or have, as their principal purpose, the promotion of transportation or air quality. Applicants may apply until Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

Under this competition, EPA anticipates awarding between 40 and 80 assistance agreements. Applicants must request funding from the EPA regional office which covers the geographic project location. The maximum amount of federal funding that may be requested per application varies by Region.

  • Region 1 (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont) will accept proposals requesting up to $1,000,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds.
  • Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 4 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,000,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin) will accept proposals requesting up to $3,000,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,500,000 in grant funds.
  • Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska will accept proposals requesting up to $1,500,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming) will accept proposals requesting up to $2,400,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands) will accept proposals requesting up to $4,000,000 in grant funds. 
  • Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington) will accept proposals requesting up to $1,000,000 in grant funds. 

For more information and to access the Request for Applications, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-national-grants.

For more information on the National Clean Diesel campaign, visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel.

Connect with EPA Region 6:

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eparegion6 

On Twitter: https://twitter.com/EPAregion6

Activities in EPA Region 6: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.htm 


Environmental Protection Agency, Fountain Place 12th Floor, Suite 1200 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202-2733 United States

Sharing the Word about Community College Opportunity Grants             (Posted: 12-20-18)

Free Community College Now Available

How does a student apply for a Community College Opportunity Grant?
For the Spring 2019 award, all students (renewal and new students) must complete and file the FAFSA (https://fafsa.ed.gov/) or New Jersey Alternative Financial Aid Application (https://www.hesaa.org/Pages/NJAlternativeApplication.aspx) by February 15, 2019, in order to apply for all other available forms of federal and state need-based grants and merit scholarships. Current students who have already completed a financial aid application for the fall 2018 semester will be automatically considered for CCOG eligibility if they enroll at one of the 13 pilot institutions for at least six credits in the spring 2019 semester. In order to qualify, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• Enrolled in at least six (6) credits at select colleges during the spring semester of 2019
• Do not have a prior college degree
• Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), including State questions
• Make satisfactory academic progress
• Have a total household adjusted gross income not exceeding $45,000

Starting with the spring semester of 2019, the program will be piloted at 13 county colleges across New Jersey.

Participating Community Colleges for Spring 2019
• Atlantic Cape Community College
• Bergen Community College
• Camden County College
• Cumberland County College
• Hudson County Community College
• Mercer County Community College
• Middlesex County College
• Ocean County College
• Passaic County Community College
• Rowan College at Gloucester County
• Salem Community College
• Union County College
• Warren County Community College

For more information visit your County College’s Financial Aid Office or visit www.hesaa.org/pages/CCOG.aspx

Request for Proposals from NJ Sea Grant Consortium             (Posted: 12-12-18)

They're ready! Attached are two requests for proposals (RFP's) for our next funding cycle (2/1/2020 to 1/31/2022). One is for small-scale pilot studies (program development or PD grants), the other is for mid-range and larger research projects. Research projects within New Jersey's coasts and watersheds in the following strategic focus areas will be reviewed regardless of funding category: (1) Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; (2) Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture; (3) Resilient Communities and Economies, and (4) Environmental Literacy and Workforce Development. Please consult the attached RFP's for details including research priorities, submission deadlines, formatting instructions, and evaluation and eligibility criteria. We anticipate supporting up to four (4) PD projects at up to $5,000 per award for one year, up to seven (7) mid-range projects with a maximum budget of $20,000 per year for two years, and up to five (5) larger projects with a maximum budget of $70,000 per year for two years. All awards are contingent on availability of federal funds. Be aware that budgets require a 50% non-federal cost match for each proposal ($1 match for every $2 of Sea Grant funding) and only non-federal funds may be used for the matching contribution.

Please note proposals for mid-range and larger awards require a preliminary proposal which must be submitted by January 22, 2019. PD grants do not require a pre-proposal. Applications for these studies must be received by July 15, 2019.

The RFP's can be accessed on our website.

Claire Antonucci
Executive Director
Director of Education
732-872-1300, x 22

Peter M Rowe, PhD
Associate Director for Sea Grant Administration
Director of Research and Extension
732-872-1300 x 31

Diana Burich
K-12 Program Coordinator
Sea Grant Program Associate
732-872-1300 x 16

SJ: New Funding Available for Municipalities and Schools             (Posted: 11-21-18)

Click HERE.

Funding Announcement from CCDBG (Child Care Development Block Grant)             (Posted: 11-21-18)

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Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Funding Announcement
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SUMMARY
The Department of Human Services, Division of Family (DHS/DFD) is making grants available to support programs and providers participating in the state's Child Care Subsidy Program to comply with the federal law (Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Reauthorization Act) requirements. The grants include a specific emphasis on expanding centers' capacity to serve infants and increasing children's access to quality programs and providers.
 
These grants also provide a great opportunity to help programs and providers bring their facility into compliance with health and safety requirements and support the workforce's ability to participate in the required trainings.
 
To be considered for any of the grants, child care programs and providers must serve families receiving a subsidy, or commit to accept infants receiving a subsidy, if applying for the infant expansion grant. All programs and providers will be required to comply with all CCDBG requirements.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS
  • All grants are subject to the requirements of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) Program.
  • Grants are available to eligible child care providers and programs participating or that are interested in serving families and children in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program and that have not had a serious injury or death that occurred due to a substantiated health or safety violation.
  • Child care providers and programs must register with the NJ Workforce Registry.
  • Child care providers and programs interested in applying for any of the grants must submit an application with all the required documents.
  • All grants are subject to an application review process and some may require a site visit.
  • Grants are based on available funds and released by priority.

KEY THINGS TO KNOW
Applications will be accepted starting November 5, 2018
  • These grants are available to support children, families and child care providers participating in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program.
  • Grant funds cannot be used for capital improvement purchases, i.e. building construction, renovations or major repairs.
  • The Program and Classroom Quality Enhancement Grants offer priority assistance to providers with limited resources that have not previously received quality incentives.
  • Only complete application packages, which include any required documentation, will be considered.
  • Once the application is reviewed and approved, the agency will receive an award letter.
  • Some grants require a pre- and post-onsite visits.
  • Initial funds should be released within 30 days after receipt of award letter.
If you have questions or need help - please email dfd.childcare@dhs.state.nj.us or call 1-877-522-1050

List of Available Grants

I. Health and Safety Small GrantsAvailable Funds: 
Up to $2,000 Registered Family Child Care Programs and Schools
Up to $10,000 Licensed Child Care Centers
 
Grant Details: 
This grant is designed to help with the purchase of items and/or make minor repairs to abate documented health and safety violations. Approved purchases can include bedding mats and/or cots, classroom sinks, protective covers/locks and emergency preparedness kits.

These funds also can be used to meet pre-service health and safety training requirements, including costs incurred for staff to attend Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) required pre-service health and safety trainings.
 
Who is Eligible:
Licensed child care centers, registered family child care providers and schools. You must participate in the NJ Child Care Subsidy Program.
 
To Apply:
Go to www.NJCCIS.com. If you are eligible for this grant, you will see a Health and Safety Grant quicklink on the Facility page. If you need help with the Health and Safety Small Grant - contact the NJ Workforce Registry at 1-877-522-1050.



II. Program and Classroom Quality Enhancement GrantsAvailable Funds:
Up to $500 Registered Family Child Care Programs
Up to $2,000 Licensed Child Care Centers
 
Grant Details: 
This grant is designed to improve the quality of programs beyond basic health and safety requirements and standards. Quality improvement should align with the Environment Rating Scales, (ECERS 3, ITERS 3, FCCERS R), or other evident-based improvement assessments when considering age-appropriate material and supply purchases. 
 
This grant also supports continuous professional development in the areas of Professionalism and Leadership and Program Administration and Management, including business management software and activities, technology support, workshops and conferences.
 
Who is Eligible:
Licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers who are enrolled in Grow NJ Kids and have completed the Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Plan.
 
To Apply:
Programs interested in applying for this grant must contact their regional Grow NJ Kids Technical Assistance center for further instruction.



III. Infant Expansion Quality Initiative GrantsAvailable Funds:
$100 monthly per infant*
 
Grant Details: 
There are two types of grants available - Infant Expansion and New Infant Slots - both are aimed at increasing families' access to quality programs and building capacity in access to infant child care.
 
Who is Eligible:
Infant Expansion: This grant is designed for licensed child care centers committed to quality and interested in increasing their infant capacity. Programs are required to enroll in Grow NJ Kids.
 
New Infant Slots: This grant is ONLY available to licensed child care centers that are currently not serving infants of families who receive a subsidy. Programs are required to enroll in Grow NJ Kids.
 
To Apply:
Download application here.
 
*The $100 monthly rate is per infant enrolled beginning December 2018 for a one (1) year period of service in addition to the subsidy rate.. The additional $100 monthly rate per new infant is intended as a bridge until the center becomes fully rated by Grow NJ Kids and is eligible for new enhanced rates under the Grow NJ Kids program.

Apply for this Grant re: Funding for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, & more             (Posted: 10-2-18)

Grant Opp: Funding for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, & more!

Looking for grant opportunities that will help your program do even more in your community? Save-A-Lot can help!

Save-A-Lot supports organizations whose primary mission addresses the following focus areas:
Hunger relief: Comprehensive hunger relief organizations and non-profit food distribution centers. The majority of funding is allocated to area food banks in conjunction with store openings.
Health, wellness, and nutrition education, especially organizations promoting nutrition education and maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet.
Environmental stewardship: Programs that promote environmental stewardship, especially related to using energy more efficiently and reducing waste.

Deadline: Ongoing.
Funds: Varies by request.

Click HERE for details. Please note that printed material, faxes and e-mailed donation requests will not be reviewed.

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.

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)

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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.

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.

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

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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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