ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION NEWS
Funding, Grants & Scholarships
PLT Green Works grants
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER ASSISTANCE
EPA Funding Available to Prevent Plastic Trash in New Jersey and New York Waters
BERGEN COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL PARK: Wildlife Conservation Grant Program
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship: $3000 per year for four years.....
New Grant & Resource Opportunities to Help Complete Sustainable Jersey Actions
Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Notice of Grant Opportunity
Field Trip funding from Dodge
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects
The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery
K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015
Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!
Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
New NJNG school fundraiser
Grants.gov Applicant Training Video
Find Federal Grant Opportunities
Scholarship Opportunity for Wildlife/Fisheries and Conservation Education/Communications Majors
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
|PLT Green Works grants
|GRANT OPPORTUNITIES AND OTHER ASSISTANCE
Integrating Human Health and Well-Being with Ecosystem Services – Due April 21, 2016 - EPA through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, seeks applications for collaborative, community-based research that will foster better understanding of how ecosystems support human health and well-being. Specifically, this research should examine how communities can integrate ecosystem services with human health and well-being to inform their decision making and management practices. It should also develop information that allows communities to integrate environmental, societal and economic information and to better manage multiple stressors and their cumulative impacts on humans and ecosystems. Additional Information.
EPA Environmental Education Teacher and Training Program—due May 9, 2016-- EPA is now accepting proposals for a multi-year cooperative agreement to operate the National Environmental Education and Training (EE) Program. The purpose of the EE Training Program is to provide EE training (such as classes, workshops, and conferences) and to provide long-term support to the EE field (such as the development and dissemination of EE best practices, implementation of certification programs and access to information about quality resources.) Read more about the application here: http://go.usa.gov/cGf3T.
NEW: 2017 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program—June 17, 2016 -- The U.S. Forest service has announced the 2017 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program Request for Pre-Proposals (RFP). The Request for Proposals addresses the following priority issues: Developing a National Urban Forestry Funding Assessment and Methodology and Understand Urban Forest Ecosystem/Ecological Services. More information can be found at the National Urban and Community Forest Advisory Council website.
FWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program – Proposals due June 29, 2016 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced funding to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal states through competitive matching grants to state agencies. Ranking criteria for proposals include describing how the proposed project addresses climate change concerns, how it will be affected by climate change impacts, and references to any relevant plans and models. For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
|EPA Funding Available to Prevent Plastic Trash in New Jersey and New York Waters
EPA Funding Available to Prevent
Plastic Trash in New Jersey and New York Waters
Proposals are Due May 10, 2016
Contact: Elias Rodriguez, (212) 637-3664, email@example.com
(New York, N.Y. – March 23, 2016) The EPA has provided $365,000 to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to fund local projects that will prevent plastic trash polluting water bodies in New Jersey and New York. Projects may include a variety of plastic trash prevention solutions, including those that: implement source reduction and demonstrate prevention of trash from entering water bodies. Projects that are replicable and focus on upstream plastic trash prevention, and projects that benefit low-income communities near waterbodies will be prioritized. The deadline for applying through NEIWPCC is May 10, 2016.
"Our oceans and lakes and rivers are being choked with plastic debris,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “Estimates are that by 2025 there will be 1 ton of plastic for every 3 tons of fish in the world’s oceans. This funding will help jumpstart real solutions that will reduce plastic waste at the source.”
Aquatic plastic pollution is getting worse every year. It is estimated that over 8 million metric tons of plastic pollution enter the world’s oceans annually. By 2025, this amount is expected to more than double. A recent study by NY/NJ Baykeeper showed that at least 165 million plastic particles are floating in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary at any given time.
The EPA funding is being awarded through a competitive grant process run by New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission will help stimulate creative, common sense solutions to the burgeoning problem of plastics in lakes, streams, harbors and oceans. Academic and educational institutions, local governments, and non-profit organizations are all eligible to apply for the funding. Funding requests should be a minimum of $45,000. To view the request for proposals and to apply, visit http://neiwpcc.org/contractors/opportunities.asp or contact Dan Peckham at 978-349-2512, firstname.lastname@example.org.
This $365,000 in funding is being provided through the EPA’s New York/New Jersey Aquatic Trash Prevention Grant Program, which is designed to fund projects that help meet the goals of the EPA’s Trash Free Waters program. This grant program is focused on projects that will support the Trash Free Waters initiative’s goal of reducing the volume of plastic trash entering fresh and marine water environments, approaching zero-loading of trash into U.S. waters within 10 years.
|BERGEN COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL PARK: Wildlife Conservation Grant Program
The Bergen County Zoo has several small grants they award each year for conservation projects. In the past we have awarded grants to North, Central and South American groups conducting field work on populations of amphibians, nutrition of specific mammals, road mortality, habitat construction and reclamation, as well as a wide variety of other projects. If you have or know of someone who may have a project in need of funding please feel free to forward the attachment to them. If anyone has any questions they may email the Zoo Director (email@example.com) or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you for any assistance you may give in our search for relevant projects to fund.
|Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship: $3000 per year for four years.....
The Nature Center of Cape May is pleased to announce that the Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship Fund is being offered for a sixth 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.
|New Grant & Resource Opportunities to Help Complete Sustainable Jersey Actions
|Mathematics and Science Partnership Program Notice of Grant Opportunity
The Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP)-Competitive Notice of Grant Opportunity (NGO) has been approved and posted to the NJDOE Website at: http://www.nj.gov/education/grants/gropps.shtml.
The Office of Secondary Education is offering MSP funds to recruit, train, and mentor regional cohorts of Science or Mathematics Ambassadors (ambassadors). Once trained, ambassadors will provide training and technical support for teachers in their school and region.
Eligible Partnerships include: One Institution of Higher Education (science faculty, Science Education faculty or the Mathematics faculty or Mathematics Education faculty from that Institution of Higher Education (IHE)) in partnership with a consortium of schools that include at least one Priority, Focus, or other Title I school.
The funding will be awarded to regional partnerships. Each partnership will identify approximately 30 teacher leaders to serve as Science or Mathematics Ambassadors (ambassadors). The ambassadors will receive intensive professional development on the standards and on the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products Rubric for Science and Mathematics (EQuIP). Training will begin with an intensive Summer Institute. The Summer Institute training must be consistent with the purposes of Title I Part B, as described on page 2, New Jersey Mathematics and Science Partnership Goals and Objectives, as identified on pages 11 and 12 of this Notice of Grant Opportunity. The professional development plan must provide for follow-up training during the academic year that is conducted in the schools for a period of not less than four consecutive or nonconsecutive days. Partnerships may choose to recruit new cohorts of ambassadors annually or to provide ongoing support for the two-year performance period.
serve as liaisons between the Office of Secondary Education and classroom teachers. This network will be a two-way process. Standards-specific information, tools, and resources will be shared with ambassadors through an ambassador’s listserv and questions and concerns at the school level can then be communicated directly to the Office of Secondary Education through the ambassadors.
Funds available for the MSP competitive grant program will be awarded by the Department of Education to support proposals submitted by eligible partnerships that provide programs to improve science teaching and learning. The Department of Education has established a two-year project using federal funds, as follows:
· Year One, July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and
· Year Two, July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018;
Eligibility for Year Two awards is contingent upon successful completion of funded program goals and objectives while adhering to all requirements.
The success of MSP programs depends on the quality of the partnerships. Strong partnerships are those which everyone shares responsibility for planning, implementing, and evaluating the project. The work should benefit all of the partners.
The NJDOE will award approximately $3,400,000 in MSP Grants annually for two years. A total of up to nine awards may be made annually. Each award will be funded up to a maximum request of approximately $380,000. Successful projects will be eligible for up to one year of continuation funding.
|Field Trip funding from Dodge
Field trips have the power to awaken, hush, awe, enrich and change lives of our children by taking students out of familiar surroundings into new places, connecting classroom learning with real-life experiences and enabling them to envision themselves as future college students, researchers, artists, and leaders.
|EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Urban Waters Small Grants program is currently requesting proposals!
Under this announcement, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website at http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping.
The complexity and widespread impact of urban runoff pollution requires various levels of government and local stakeholders (e.g., community residents, local businesses, etc.) to work together in developing effective and long-term solutions with multiple benefits. EPA supports and empowers communities, especially underserved communities, that are working on solutions to address multiple community needs, and fostering successful collaborative partnerships. Projects should address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution; provide additional community benefits; actively engage underserved communities; and foster partnership.
The total estimated funding available for awards under this competition is approximately $1.6 million. EPA expects each award to range from $40,000 to $60,000. EPA Regional Offices will award the cooperative agreements resulting from this announcement. It is anticipated that each EPA Regional Office will award approximately two to three cooperative agreements. Funding is contingent upon Agency funding levels, the quality of proposals received, and other applicable considerations.
Visit the Urban Waters Small Grants website to learn more about the program and how to submit a proposal at www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants.
|Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects
|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
|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
Thanks to Grant Wrangler for these connections to other organizations that offer grants to teachers, students, and schools who need resources.
James Riley McGirt
Manager of Education Programs
Project Learning Tree
Project Learning Tree
|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.
|Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
Sponsored by Wild Ones
|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.
|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.