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K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015
2015 EPA Source Reduction Assistance grant competition
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!
Calling all New Jersey High Schoolers! Win a Scholarship!
EPA Environmental Education Grants
Grants for Sustainable Energy Projects
Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2015 Request for Proposals
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
New NJNG school fundraiser
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
NJ Sustainable Schools Project
Find Federal Grant Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
Entertainment Software Association Foundation Applications
Fruit Tree 101
EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Beetle incentive for youth projects
TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched
Student Opportunities Web Site
Environmental Justice Program Grants
Young Explorers Grants
Apprentice Ecologist Initiative™
NEA Student Achievement 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
Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas
|K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015
Here are some resources to help you find funding and support learning in your school, including PLT’s GreenWorks! grants.
Apply for a Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grant
PLT is now accepting applications for the next round of GreenWorks! grants.Help your students reduce energy and water use, recycle, and improve their school site, among other projects.
Garbage is Font of Information for 5th-Graders
The Connecticut Forest & Park Association received funding from the Rockfall Foundation to lead PLT GreenSchools! activities at four public schools in Middletown, CT as part of their afterschool programming. In this Middletown Press article, students at Wesley Elementary are exploring what happens to cafeteria waste by creating their own mini landfills.
Thanks to Grant Wrangler for these connections to other organizations that offer grants to teachers, students, and schools who need resources.
- GetEdFunding - A curated collection of thousands of grants and awards and grant writing resources.
- Teachers Count - Grants, awards, and contests created for teachers.
- Grants Alert – Resources for finding grants, grant writing, and fundraising for schools.
- eSchool News - Funding opportunities and tips for winning grants in addition to education news.
- Tech & Learning - News and a contests section that includes grants and awards.
- Mackin Grant Channel - Subscribe to a free monthly publication focusing on hot funding opportunities and feature articles on top author and curriculum resources.
James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036
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|2015 EPA Source Reduction Assistance grant competition
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the 2015 Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grant competition. Please click on the following link to view it: http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap/srap15.pdf. Proposals are due by Tuesday, May 26, 2015.
EPA is interested in funding projects that support the P2 Program's National Emphasis Areas: 1) Climate Change Mitigation/Prevention of Greenhouse Gas Emissions; 2) Food Manufacturing; and 3) State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction. The third national emphasis area, "State or Community Approaches to Hazardous Materials Source Reduction," is also a regional priority. EPA Region 2 is interested in promoting projects that reduce hazardous materials/toxics in communities that are susceptible to flooding, and bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial and commercial operations.
Projects need to demonstrate that they will collect measurable results in one or more of the following metrics: greenhouse gases reduced; water conserved; hazardous materials reduced; and dollars saved. The SRA grant competition is open to non-profits, universities and colleges, tribes, and state/county/city governments. For Region 2, the total available funding for this year's grant competition is approximately $130,000. Applicants must provide a match of at least 5% of the total project cost. Proposals may only be submitted electronically through Grants.gov. For guidance on preparing a proposal for the SRA grant competition, please see the following grant writing tutorial: http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/srap/SRAWritingTutorial.pdf.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Pollution Prevention and Climate Change Section, EPA Region 2
|Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!
The Nature Center of Cape May is pleased to announce that the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund is being offered for a fifth year in a row. This work-study program provides recipients with a $3,000 award for each year through-out four years of college. Administered by Nature Center Director, Gretchen Whitman, the fund seeks to promote a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural sciences while encouraging responsible stewardship of our shared natural resources.
The fund was established by long time New Jersey Audubon members and volunteers, Barbara and Warren Nuessle in honor of their 16 year-old son, Randy, who died in 1984 after a long and courageous battle with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy. The Nuessles sought to honor their son's memory by providing a benefit for other young people from Cape May County.
According to Mrs. Nuessle, "We know that Randy would have loved the Nature Center and taking part in its activities. As a youngster, his happiest days were spent exploring the sandy beaches of the Jersey shore and swimming in the ocean. Later, when he could no longer walk, he was still able to move confidently and easily through the water."
Since this is a work study scholarship, selected students are obligated to serve as interns during the school year or summer for a total of 150 hours. In addition, the Nature Center staff serves as the intern supervisors and assist students and their schools in obtaining college credit under the school's cooperative education programs. In every respect, the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund is a win-win-win opportunity for the student, the community and New Jersey Audubon, and affords a clear model of a couple whose answer to a personal heartache was to demonstrate a model of "giving back."
Eligibility for the fund is limited to graduating seniors from designated high schools in Cape May County. A committee, composed of members representing the Nature Center of Cape May and the Cape May community, ensures that selected students have demonstrated academic excellence while giving special consideration to those with financial need.
Interested students should request a scholarship application through their school guidance department, or by contacting the Director, Gretchen Whitman by calling: 609-898-8848 or email: Gretchen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Calling all New Jersey High Schoolers! Win a Scholarship!
High schoolers in New Jersey can use their multimedia expertise to win a $1,000 scholarship - and become eligible for a drawing to join our biologist in the field at a bird banding event! Conserve Wildlife Foundation's Species on the Edge 2.0 Multimedia Contest deadline for entries is now Friday, May 22, 2015.
|EPA Environmental Education Grants
|Grants for Sustainable Energy Projects
|Environmental Solutions for Communities Grant Program 2015 Request for Proposals
|Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
Sponsored by Wild Ones
Deadline: October 15, annually
Description: Through the Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program, small grants are awarded annually to schools, nature centers, and other nonprofits in the United States for projects that focus on appreciation for nature through the use of and teaching about native plants. Students must be involved in all phases of development, including project planning. Examples of projects include enhancing schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and more.
|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.
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
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.
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!
Grants.gov Program Management Office
Department of Health and Human Services
|NJ Sustainable Schools Project
NJ Sustainable Schools Project
We are extremely pleased to announce that a 3-year grant was awarded to the Education Information and Resource Center (EIRC)/GSLI by the Alliance for Competitive Energy Services (A.C.E.S.) to research whether the process of greening existing school facilities results in lowered operating costs, and improved student achievement. The grant is called the NJ Sustainable Schools Project and represents a significant partnership between the EIRC and NJ School Boards Association.
Twenty pilot schools will be selected from geographically representative school districts and charter schools that reflect diversity with regard to public, grade level, and vocational orientation.
To find out more about the grant, or to apply to participate, go to: http://njsustainableschoolsproject.com/ .
Please download the application to read the grant parameters and selection criteria.
Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.
Districts that participate in the grant will receive:
· Free team participation in the Green Schools Leadership Institute for 3 years, thus ensuring the development and implementation of a Green Strategic Plan. Each summer a new district team will attend the institute.
· Leveraging resources to assist districts in implementing their green strategic plans.
· Highlighting of districts in our Sustainable Learning Communities Newsletter
· Private/Public Partnerships
If questions, contact:
Carol James, Program Development Coordinator
(856) 582-7000 X 170
|Find Federal Grant Opportunities
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
The application period for the Russell A. Cookingham Scholarship has opened. Wildlife/Fisheries majors, or Conservation Education/Communications majors whohave at least 15 credits in the biological sciences, may apply for this $1000 scholarship.Students can be enrolled at any university but must be New Jersey residents.The NJ Chapter of The Wildlife Society manages the endowment fund and awards the scholarship.
Details about the scholarship, including the application form, can be found at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/cookhmschol.htm on the division's website.
|Entertainment Software Association Foundation Applications
Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofits working to support programs and opportunities that use technology and/or computer and video games to make a positive difference in the lives of America's youth.
|Fruit Tree 101
The Fruit Tree 101 program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels across the country to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition. Orchard donations involve, on average, 20-25 trees minimum, as well as materials, orchard installation design work and onsite environmental curriculum. Learn more
|EPA Graduate and Undergraduate fellowships available
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
|NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
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.
|Captain Planet Foundation Grants
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.
|Beetle incentive for youth projects
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.
Durham Field Office
Conservation Education Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
271 Mast Rd
Durham NH 03824
|TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched
TogetherGreen is a new National Audubon Society program with support from Toyota, to build conservation leadership, engage people in conservation action, and achieve lasting conservation results. The TogetherGreen Innovation Grants will fund projects that engage diverse communities and contribute to measurable conservation outcomes. The Conservation Leadership Program invests in leaders who are committed to empowering others and to creating positive environmental change in their communities and organizations.
|Student Opportunities Web Site|
This new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Student Opportunities Web site provides information about NOAA educational opportunities, scholarships, internships, and fellowships. The site also provides student opportunities by geographic location, underrepresented communities, and opportunities specific to students with disabilities.
|Young Explorers Grants|
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.
|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.
|NEA Student Achievement Grants|
If your garden or habitat program is designed to support critical thinking and problem solving that deepens students' knowledge of standards-based subject matter, and improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection, the NEA foundation wants to hear from you! Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, or other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged. The grant amount is $5,000. For full details and to apply, visit the NEA Foundation Web site.
|TOSHIBA AMERICA FOUNDATION GRANTS|
Applications for grants under $5,000 are accepted year-round. Check the Web site for grades K-6 and 7-12 application rules.
Deadline for grants over $5,000: February 1st or August 1st
The Toshiba America Foundation encourages teacher-led, K-12 classroom-based programs, projects, and activities that have the potential to improve classroom experiences in science, mathematics, and technology.
|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.
TO: Chief School Administrators / Charter School Lead Persons
FROM: Diane Schonyers, Director / Office of Strategic Initiatives & Accountability
The Office of Grants Appeals becomes aware of various grant opportunities from an assortment of sources and is sharing these opportunities in the hope of increasing awareness and ultimately, the funding to improve education.The following is a list of recently released grant opportunities that can be accessed through our grant website at http://www.nj.gov/njded/grants/other.shtml and are relevantto LEAs and/or other constituencies that may impact LEAs:
*Early Reading First (CFDA # 84.359A/B)
*Summer Seminars & Institutes (CFDA # 45.163)
*The MetLife Foundation Bridge Builders Grant
*Learning in the Arts for Children & Youth
*Access to Artistic Excellence
*Challenge America: Reaching Every Community Fast-Track Review Grants
I hope you find this information helpful towards reaching New Jersey's goal of increasing funding and student achievement.
|Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Education Grants|
Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation website - information on Environmental Education Grants.
|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.
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Memphis, TN 38115
Order your free Life of the Forest educational materials from International Paper at www.iplifeoftheforest.com
|Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas|
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program gives small monetary grants to schools, nature centers, or other non-profit educational organizations for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers. The grant recipient learning centers are those which most successfully reflect the Wild Ones mission to educate and share information about the benefits of using native plants in our landscape and to promote biodiversity and environmentally sound environmentally sound practices. Only through this knowledge, can we appreciate humankind's proper place in the web of life.
Eligible Applicants -Schools, nature centers and other non-profit and not-for-profit places of learning including houses of worship with a site available for this stewardship project may apply for an SFE grant.
Eligible Projects -Project goals should focus on the enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers and increase the educational value of the site. Creativity in design is encouraged, but must show complete and thoughtful planning. The use of and teaching about native plants and the native plant community is mandatory, and they must be appropriate to the local ecoregion and the site conditions (soil, water, sunlight). For further information on selection of local ecotype, go to Wild Ones native landscaping webpages. The project leader should be knowledgeable and committed.
Examples of appropriate projects are:
The design, establishment and maintenance of a native plant community such as prairie, woodland, wetland etc. in an educational setting such as an outdoor classroom.
Developing and maintaining an interpretive trail landscaped with native plant communities.
Developing a wetland area to study the effect of native vegetation on water quality improvement.
Group student-teacher research projects aimed at documenting the presence, behaviors, needs and contributions of various forms of wildlife and the impact of native plant species.