ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
Funding, Grants & Scholarships
NJ STEM Innovation Fellowship - Application available
EPA: Grants & Awards
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
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Beetle incentive for youth projects
Environmental Justice Program Grants
Young Explorers Grants
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION GRANTS
BUILD AN OUTDOOR CLASSROOM AT YOUR SCHOOL GRANTS
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants
Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release
|NJ STEM Innovation Fellowship - Application available
The New Jersey Stem Innovation Fellowship
|EPA: Grants & Awards
EPA Awards Grants to 21 Student Teams for Innovative Technology Projects
|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
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.
Rutgers Arbor Day Tree Photo Contest for Students...sponsored by the Rutgers Urban Forestry Program. Entries due March 1! #ArborDay#PhotoContest
(See attached announcement.)
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Free Community College Now Available
|Request for Proposals from NJ Sea Grant Consortium
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.
|SJ: New Funding Available for Municipalities and Schools
|Funding Announcement from CCDBG (Child Care Development Block Grant)
Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Funding Announcement
Click here to learn more!
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.
KEY THINGS TO KNOW
Applications will be accepted starting November 5, 2018
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
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.
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
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.
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*
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.
Download application here.
|Apply for this Grant re: Funding for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, & more
Grant Opp: Funding for hunger relief, environmental stewardship, & more!
|EPA Grant Funds Teacher Training Through The College of New Jersey
Contact: Jennifer May-Reddy, 212-637-3658, email@example.com
|Conserve Wildlife Grants
|EPA Awards $10.8M for National Environmental Education Training Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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
|SUEZ Foundation Press Release - Grants
SUEZ NORTH AMERICA FOUNDATION TO AWARD $50,000 IN ENVIRONMENTAL GRANTS
|The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
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.
|Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery
|New NJNG school fundraiser
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.
|Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
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.
|Find Federal Grant Opportunities
All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on Grants.gov.
|Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
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.
|EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
TWO EPA PROGRAMS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN ENVIRONMENT RELATED FIELDS.
|Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadlines (annually): March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31
|Beetle incentive for youth projects
Youth Incentive Award
|Young Explorers Grants|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants|
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation website - information on Environmental Education Grants.
|Outdoor Classroom Grant Program News Release|
The Outdoor Classroom Grant Program is a partnership of the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and the International Paper Foundation, and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER classroom magazine.As part of Lowe’s continued commitment to public education, Lowe’s will provide more than $200,000 in outdoor classroom grants to benefit public schools nationwide.