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CONTENTS:
Up to $100,000 grants for middle school OST programs - webinar 12/13
Request for Proposals from NJ Sea Grant Consortium
Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program - 2019 Request for Proposals
SJ: New Funding Available for Municipalities and Schools
Apply Now For Conserve Wildlife Grants
Funding Announcement from CCDBG (Child Care Development Block Grant)
Funding opportunity from the National Park Trust
Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant & Technical Assistance Program
WSGN: Funding and Grants Bulletin - Fall 2018
Apply for this Grant re: Funding for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, & more
SJ4S: Start the School Year with a Sustainable Jersey Grant
Grant Opportunity: Walmart Foundation's Community Grant Program - apply today!
Source Reduction Grants & A Green Infrastructure Challenge!
Grant Opportunity for Friends Groups
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
Up to $100,000 grants for middle school OST programs - webinar 12/13             (Posted: 12-12-18)

Up to $100,000 grants for middle school OST programs - webinar 12/13
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The New York Life Foundation is seeking applicants for its Aim High local grant program to support afterschool, summer, or expanded learning programs serving middle schoolers. A total of 26 grant awards will be made nationwide. Take a look to see which grant category is a good fit for you, and apply!

Three grant categories:
  • $100,000 over two years - 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $500,000 or greater and annual program budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $50,000 over two years - 8 awards to be made to organizations with annual budgets of $250,000 or greater
  • $15,000 for one year - 10 awards will be made to programs to provide them with the ability to offer additional professional development opportunities to their staff; applicants must have annual budgets of $150,000 or greater
Read the full application and eligibility requirements, and join our webinar on December 13 at 3 p.m. ET to learn more about this opportunity. The RFP homepage can be accessed here. Applications are due January 25, 2019.

Grant funds may be used for technical assistance, capacity building, enhancing direct service activities, and/or program expansion. Applicants will need to describe how programs support youth in the transition to the ninth grade. Competitive two-year grant applicants should be able to report on indicators of success such as on-time promotion; school attendance rates; improved behavior, grades and test scores; andor the development of social and emotional skills.

We look forward to receiving your application, and wish you good luck!

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

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program - 2019 Request for Proposals             (Posted: 11-27-18)

Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and others, are soliciting applications for the 2019 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $1.7 million in grants.

This grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds and the species and habitats they support. Projects may include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation.

For more information, visit: https://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/2019rfp.aspx

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

Click HERE.

Apply Now For Conserve Wildlife Grants             (Posted: 11-21-18)

Grants fund projects supporting endangered species
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Grants up to $3500 available

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.

Funding opportunity from the National Park Trust             (Posted: 10-25-18)

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a KTP event at a local park or public land/waterway in their community. Students must research and write the proposal themselves, although we encourage teachers to provide support and feedback!

NPT will award park grants up to $1,000 to winning entries. We encourage schools to implement their KTP event during the month of May 2019 but exceptions can be made based on school schedules.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, February 14, 2019. Winners will be announced here on our website Thursday, March 7, 2019.

https://www.parktrust.org/kids-to-parks-day/school-contest/

Cynthia McArthur
National Partnership Coordinator

Forest Service

National Partnership Office, Washington DC

p: 808-744-2792
c: 202-577-7863
cmcarthur@fs.fed.us

P.O. Box 893723
Mililani, HI 96789
www.fs.fed.us

Roots for Rivers Reforestation Grant & Technical Assistance Program             (Posted: 10-24-18)

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WSGN: Funding and Grants Bulletin - Fall 2018             (Posted: 10-3-18)

Funding & Grant Opportunities
Great news! Right now, there are many grants and funding opportunities available for new, existing, and expanding youth garden programs. So many, in fact, that we've compiled them in this special bulletin so you can browse easily and see whether any are a good fit for your program.

And, as always, we will continue to keep you up to date about funding opportunities in our monthly newsletter, on our website, and on Facebook & Twitter!

Nature Works Everywhere Grants for K-12 Schools
Deadline: October 5, 2018

Nature Works Everywhere Grants for K-12 Schools, an initiative of The Nature Conservancy, supports elementary and secondary school projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges, such as access to healthy food. The goal is to support young people who work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation. The program will award a total of 50 grants of $2,000 to K-12 public and charter schools across the country.

Learn more and apply here.

The Garden Grant
Deadline: October 15, 2018

The Garden Grant program created in partnership with Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps, provides a $2,000 monetary grant to support a new or existing edible gardens at: K-12 schools, 501(c)(3) non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Learn more and apply here.

Budding Botanist Grant
Deadline: November 19, 2018

Budding Botanist is open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity.

Grant winners will receive a $500 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2,500 to install or expand a school garden.

Learn more and apply here.

2019 Youth Garden Grant
Deadline: December 17, 2018

Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability. Previous Youth Garden Grant winners who wish to reapply must wait one year after receiving the award and must prove that their garden programs have been significantly expanded.

The top 5 programs will be awarded grant packages worth $2,100. Grant packages worth $500 will be awarded to 20 additional programs. In addition to the grant award packages, YGG recipients will become members of the KidsGardening Fellows Program receiving opportunities to promote their programs, network with other grant winners, seek personalized guidance from KidsGardening education specialists, and a special quarterly newsletter.

Learn more and apply here.

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.

SJ4S: Start the School Year with a Sustainable Jersey Grant             (Posted: 9-7-18)

SUSTAINABLE JERSEY FOR SCHOOLS
302 Districts     779 Schools     Participating


Start the School Year with a Sustainable Jersey Grant!

The Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant program provides opportunities for public schools and school districts to implement sustainability projects. Two grant opportunities are now open through two different funders. Applications are due on
October 31, 2018.





* $180,000 in Funding for Sustainable School and District Projects 
The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), as a Sustainable Jersey for Schools program underwriter is contributing $180,000 in grant money to fund sustainable projects at the school and district level. This grant cycle will award: ten $10,000 grants to school districts or schools and forty $2,000 grants to support school green teams. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit: http://bit.ly/2018NJEAGrantsCycle
 
A free informational webinar on this grant opportunity will take place on September 14, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm; visit bit.ly/2018NJEAWebinar to register.

* $150,000 in Funding for School District Energy Projects provided by the Gardinier Environmental Fund will be awarded as $30,000 and $10,000 grants for energy projects focused on conservation, efficiency and renewable energy. For more information about the grant program and details on how to apply, visit http://bit.ly/2018GardinierGrants
 
A free informational webinar on this grant opportunity will take place on September 10, 2018 from 3:00-4:00pm, visit http://bit.ly/2018GardinierWebinar to register.
September Certification Webinar Series

For those looking ahead to 2019 bronze or silver certification, mark your calendars for our fall webinar series!

Learn about the Sustainable Jersey for Schools application website and certification process. Participants will learn how to add users, upload documentation, and use application features to make progress towards certification. 

Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification is good for three years at a time. If you are one of over 30 schools with a certification expiring in August 2019, you will want to attend this informative webinar on the re-certification process. Participants will learn how to determine which actions need to be updated for re-certification and how to make a game plan for maintaining Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification for 2019 and beyond!

Sustainable Jersey for Schools Bronze certification is just the beginning of your school's sustainability journey! Learn how to make a plan to take your certification to the next level and get recognized for Silver certification (350 points and up).


Sustainable Practices Working Sessions





As part of their commitment to helping schools across New Jersey reach their sustainability goals, NJSBA, in collaboration with Sustainable Jersey for Schools, is offering members and school district personnel an opportunity to attend a free one-day Sustainable Practices Working Session. In this session participants will review a Sustainability Wellness Check, which will be in alignment with the Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification program. This is the perfect opportunity to gather your green team and strategize for certification and cost savings in 2019!

The free program begins at 9 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Repeated sessions are offered through February 2019. 

September 26th- NJSBA Headquarters, Trenton 
November 14th-  Duke Farms, Hillsborough
November 29th-  Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
February 21st-    Atlantic County Utilities Authority, Egg Harbor
Feburary 28th-    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!
2018 GOVERNOR'S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Nominate your school or district!

New Jersey's leaders in a variety of public and private sectors are invited to submit nominations showcasing their environmental accomplishments by applying for consideration in the annual Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards program.

The excellence awards honor outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects from around the state. Awards are given to individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators and youth who have made significant contributions to protecting the environment in New Jersey. Since its establishment in 2000, the program has honored 170 winners for their environmental achievements.

Nominations may be submitted through Friday, Oct. 5 in these categories: Clean Air, Water Resources, Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats, Innovative Technology, Land Conservation, Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Healthy and Sustainable Businesses, and two categories in Environmental Education: Educator-Led and Student-Led Projects.
 
For a 2018 nominating application and other awards information, visit https://www.nj.gov/dep/awards/

To learn more about the program, call DEP employee Tanya Oznowich at (609) 984-9802 or email Tanya.Oznowich@dep.nj.gov
UPCOMING TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

NEW JERSEY AUDUBON 
Professional Development " On Call: Connecting Children to Nature & STEAM Afterschool PLC" - FREE
Register teams of five of more for training from Sept-Nov 2018. View flyer

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP 
WEBINAR "Talking About Safe Routes to School: Spice Up Your Communication"
Sept 11th 1-2:00pm, Register here.

EPA WEBINAR "All in for IAQ Preventative Maintenance: Key Strategies for Training Staff & Communicating Success"
Sept 27th 1-2:30pm, Register here. 

ARTS EDUCATION SERIES: TRANSFORMING SCHOOLS THROUGH THE POWER OF THE ARTS
Sponsored by NJPSA & Arts Ed NJ.  Registration information here.
This training supports the ISTEAM and School Culture & Climate suite of actions in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program
Sept 27th - Fostering Social Emotional Learning in & through Arts
Oct 30th -  Thinking About Doing Arts Integration in Schools & Districts
Nov 14th -  Embracing the Arts- A Pathway to Well-Rounded Education
Dec 6th -    An Introduction to the National Arts Standards & the Vision for the New NJ Student                    Learning Standards

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. 
Sept 21st - Washington, NJ
Oct 19th -  Paterson, NJ
Nov 30th -  Newark, NJ
Dec 14th -  Waretown, NJ
Jan 25th -  Westampton, NJ
Feb 1st  -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 1st -    Metuchen, NJ
Apr 26th -  Bridgewater, NJ
May 1st -    Sicklerville, NJ
June 7th -  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.
Sept 28th - Robbinsville, NJ
Oct 5th -    Westampton, NJ
Nov 2nd -   Waretown, NJ
Dec 21st -   Newark, NJ
Jan 18th -   Paterson, NJ
Feb 15th -   Mahwah, NJ
Mar 22nd -  Sicklerville, NJ
Apr 12th -   Bridgewater, NJ
May 3rd -    Metuchen, NJ
May 31 -     Washington, NJ

ANJEE FALL CONFERENCE - "Imagine a World Outdoors"
September 28, 8:00-4:30pm Duke Farms Coach Barn Hillsborough, NJ
This training supports the Student Learning actions "Education for Sustainability" in the Sustainable Jersey for Schools program. 
For more than three decades ANJEE has organized one of the leading annual conferences for environmental professionals in NJ designed to promote innovation, networking, learning and dissemination of best practices.  This fall's conference will be All Outdoors, ZERO Powerpoint, Maximum Inspiration. Register here. 

NJAHPERD 100TH ANNUAL CONVENTION
February 24th-27th 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 & opportunitities to submit a proposal 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: 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!
______________________________________________________
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)

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

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

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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


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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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