ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
Funding, Grants & Scholarships
New Funding: Science Learning+
Freehold Soil Conservation District offers scholarship
Sustainable Jersey: Funding Opportunities
EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program
Afterschool Funding Available - 21st CCLC Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship
New NJNG school fundraiser
Environmental Grant Program
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
|New Funding: Science Learning+
SCIENCE LEARNING +
Science Learning+ will provide up to $14.4 million to support research into how learning happens outside the classroom, exploring the most effective practices and building the evidence base in this area. The aims are: (1) to learn more about, evaluate, and maximize the impact of informal learning experiences, and (2) to improve understanding of how informal environments may help to widen access to STEM for youth from all backgrounds.
Science Learning+ is an international partnership established by NSF (National Science Foundation), the UK-based Wellcome Trust and the UK ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and the Noyce Foundation.
Science Learning+ funding is particularly aimed at encouraging collaborative projects between researchers and practitioners in the US and UK, developing stronger links and partnerships internationally, and building a learning community for exchanging experience and expertise.
The program’s objectives are:
Strengthen the research and knowledge base
Bridge the practice and research gap
Share knowledge and experience
The funding will take place in two phases lasting over four to six years, with half of the funds coming from NSF and the other half from UK sources. One-year-long Planning Grants (proposals due on July 10, 2014) will enable initial collaboration and ideas development. Partnership Grants (due in 2015), will fund research activities for up to five years.
Science Learning+ is a 6th Program Type within the new AISL Solicitation (See publication 14-555 at http://nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504793). If you have questions after reading the new solicitation, please contact Dennis Schatz (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Richard Duschl (email@example.com), the Science Learning+ Program Directors.
|Freehold Soil Conservation District offers scholarship
Three $2,000 Scholarships to be awarded in 2014
|Sustainable Jersey: Funding Opportunities
DVRPC to Fund $1 Million in Local Planning Projects to New Jersey Communities through TCDI Grant Program
Local and county governments in Greater Philadelphia will have an opportunity to improve their communities through a grant program funded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). The Transportation and Community Development Initiative (TCDI) grants provide a mechanism for municipalities to undertake locally directed actions to improve their communities, supporting local, county, and regional planning goals. TCDI funds planning, analysis or design initiatives that implement the region's long-range plan, Connections 2040, and enhance or improve the efficiency of the regional transportation system.
A total of $1 million in grants may be available for communities in New Jersey. A maximum of $125,000 per community is allotted, with up to $175,000 for multi-municipal efforts. Communities are required to provide a minimum 20 percent match.
Farm to School Grant Program
The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. New in FY 2015, USDA will make approximately an additional $500,000 available to eligible entities to support conferences, trainings, and events focused on farm to school program development. In this funding round, USDA is soliciting applications for four types of grants:
Application Deadline for Conference/Event Grants: April 2, 2014
Application Deadline for Planning, Implementation & Support Service Grants: April 30, 2014
$20 Million in Grant Funding for Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Programs is Now Available!
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and Transportation Alternatives (TAP) Programs. The solicitation for these federally funded programs is being administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), in partnership with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO).
The application deadline is May 15, 2014. For more information, click here.
Visit the Sustainable Jersey Grants Portal for a list of available grants.
|EECapacity Launches Community Climate Change Fellowship Program
|Afterschool Funding Available - 21st CCLC Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO)
The New Jersey Department of Education is pleased to announce the release of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Competitive Grant-Cohort 10-Year 1/5 Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) has been approved and posted to the NJDOE Website at: http://www.nj.gov/education/grants/gropps.shtml under “Available Grant Opportunities”.
This application is due on April 3, 2014
The purpose of the 21st CCLC program is to supplement the education of students in grades 4-12, who attend schools eligible for Title I school wide programs or schools where a minimum of 30% of students are from low-income families.
21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) are defined as centers that offer academic remediation and enrichment activities in tandem with a broad array of other enrichment activities in the areas of arts and culture, youth development, and physical activity to students and their adult family members when school is not in session (afterschool, before school or during the summer).
Eligibility to apply for this 21st CCLC program is open to all New Jersey public or private agencies (i.e., charter schools, educational service commissions, jointure commissions and special-services school districts), non-profit organizations, city or county government agencies, faith-based organizations (including religious private schools), institutions of higher learning and for-profit agencies.
The competitive application will only be accepted through the Department’s Electronic Web-Enabled Grant (EWEG) system. No paper applications will be accepted.
A technical assistance webinar is scheduled for March 13, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Applicants must register online at: http://education.state.nj.us/events/. Information regarding the webinar will be sent to those individuals registered.
If you have any questions, please send an email to NJ21stCCLC@doe.state.nj.us
|2014 Ron Vellekamp Environmental Scholarship
Hackensack Riverkeeper seeks the best, brightest and greenest applicants
|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.
|Environmental Grant Program
Environmental Grant Program
New Jersey American Water is accepting applications for green project funding through its Environmental Grant Program. The program offers funding up to $10,000 to support diverse types of environmental sustainability activities such as watershed cleanups, reforestation efforts, rain garden projects, streamside buffer restoration projects and hazardous waste collection efforts. Funds are for innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds, surface water and/or groundwater supplies. Grants are limited to supporting projects within New Jersey American Water's service areas.
Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are selected by the New Jersey American Water's employees based on various criteria such as project goals, impact, innovation, design, collaboration, sustainability, and community engagement, among other requirements.
Application Deadline: Postmarked by March 31, 2014
For more information on the program, application requirements, and past winners, visit their website.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
|Captain Planet Foundation Grants
Deadlines (annually): March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31
|Beetle incentive for youth projects
Youth Incentive Award
|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|
|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.
|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
|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.
|Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grants for School Gardens and Community Nature Areas|