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EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals
Great Grant Opportunities
Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects
E-News Update: New Grants Announced
The Watershed Institute: Grant Finder
2015 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 Applicant Training Video
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
4imprint 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™
Education Grants
NEA Student Achievement Grants
Grant Opportunities
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
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program Now Accepting Proposals             (Posted: 9-29-15)

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

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

Great Grant Opportunities             (Posted: 9-29-15)

EPA's State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter

More than $20 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Interior (DOI), and Department of Energy (DOE) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.
In addition, please visit the calendar of 2015 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.
NOTICE OF INTENT: USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Program
USDA announced that it intends to issue a notice of funding availability in the coming weeks for an agricultural energy efficiency and renewable energy program. Eligible technologies include solar, wind, renewable biomass (including anaerobic digesters), small hydroelectric, ocean energy, hydrogen, and geothermal energy.
For more information, visit the previous funding award press release.
FWS Coastal Program  $14 million
  • Applications Due: September 30, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Local governments and individuals
FWS announced funding for the Coastal Program, a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should incorporate ecosystem adaptation to help coastal ecosystems and communities prepare for and adapt to the effects of sea-level rise and greenhouse gases.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.
EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Program  $1.6 million
  • Applications Due: October 31, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
EPA is making available funding to address urban runoff pollution with a focus on underserved communities. Consideration will be given to projects that engage communities in learning about, planning, and developing stormwater infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens, planters, tree boxes, vegetated swales, green roofs, rain barrels, cisterns, and tree planting.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity announcement.
DOI 2016 U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program  $900,000
  • Pre-proposals Due: November 23, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments
USDA announced funding for the art, science, and technology of managing trees, forests, and natural systems on public lands in and around cities, suburbs, and towns. The funding is expected to promote initiatives in underserved and low-income communities. Proposals must focus on increasing community knowledge of one of the following three areas: how to implement solutions to maintain the integrity of existing urban forests and incorporate new urban forests, how local investments in urban forest ecosystems have potential to maximize returns through quantifiable public health benefits, and how climate change impacts the availability and quality of water to support urban and community forests.
For more information, visit the pre-proposal funding announcement.
DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands Grants  $4 million
  • Applications Due: December 10, 2015
  • Eligible Entities: Tribal governments
DOE is making available funding to install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings and deploy clean energy systems on a community scale on Indian lands. Projects are expected to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members. Clean energy systems include, but are not limited to, solar photovoltaic, biomass (including waste to energy), wind power, run€ of€ the€ river hydropower, and incremental hydropower.
For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.

EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program LogoState and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective climate and energy strategies that help further environmental goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.

Wanted: Innovative Sustainability Projects             (Posted: 9-17-15)

Click HERE.

E-News Update: New Grants Announced             (Posted: 8-20-15)


 Apply to Be a PowerSave School

Get free support and resources to educate students about energy efficiency, save money on your school's energy costs, and earn points towards your Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification!

Sustainable Jersey for Schools is partnering with New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) and the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) to bring the PowerSave Schools program to schools in the NJNG service territory. This opportunity is made possible by NJNG which will fund all direct program costs in fifteen schools, and by ASE which will implement the PowerSave program, providing the tools and resources to ensure a successful program outcome. Find out more by visiting Sustainable Jersey for School's Resource Opportunity page here.  



 $180,000 in Grants Now Available to Fund NJ School Sustainability Projects 

We are pleased to announce that $180,000 in new grants is available to help New Jersey public schools implement sustainability projects. Funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), the Sustainable Jersey for Schools Small Grants Program will award public schools and districts with ten $10,000 grants and forty $2,000 grants for projects like recycling and food waste, student enrichment, school gardens, school health assessments and energy conservation. Application deadline is September 27, 2015.  Read more. 


New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance  Mini Grants Available!

Don't miss this funding opportunity! The mini grant provides financial assistance up to $1000 for new program development or to expand an existing program. Grants may be used to purchase equipment, software, or other materials that focus on student learning in Health, Physical Education, Recreation or Dance. Grants may not be used for salary, honorarium, food, travel, accommodations or convention registration. Applications are due September 30th. Grant applicants must be current members of NJAHPERD and agree to submit an article to the FYI or present a session at a conference or convention related to the grant proposal. Read more.
Application for the 2015 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
 Now Available

The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards Program is New Jersey's premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects throughout the state. These awards recognize individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators, youth and others who have made significant contributions to environmental protection in New Jersey.  The 2015 application and other awards information is available at Completed applications must be received at DEP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30. 


Why Sustainability is Much More Than Going Green
NJSBA's "Education Matters" interview w/ Donna Drewes, Sustainable Jersey

Getting Started with Sustainable Jersey for Schools
NJSBA's "Education Matters" interview w/ 
Heather McCall, Sustainable Jersey for Schools.

Over 250 Schools Strong!
There are now 95 New Jersey school districts and 263 schools registered.  Is your school or district registered? Check the list of participating schools and districts. 

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 or visit


Sustainable Jersey for Schools


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.

Click HERE.

2015 Ecological Excellence Award by Soil and Water Conservation Society and Pinelands Nursery             (Posted: 7-23-15)

Click HERE.

K-12 Classroom Grant Opportunities -- PLT GreenSchools! Update May 2015             (Posted: 5-15-15)

GreenSchools! Update

Here are some resources to help you find funding and support learning in your school, including PLT’s GreenWorks! grants. 

Greenworks 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.

green tip of the month

Grant Sources

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

Project Learning Tree
2000 M St NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20036

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Randy Nuessle Memorial Scholarship continues into its 5th year!             (Posted: 4-29-15)

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:

Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program             (Posted: 9-8-14)

Sponsored by Wild Ones
Deadline: October 15, annually
States: National
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.
Click HERE.

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. Applicant Training Video             (Posted: 8-8-13)

Just in time for the rollout of the new look and feel to the 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!

Nicole Daniel
Communications Lead Program Management Office
Department of Health and Human Services

Find Federal Grant Opportunities             (Posted: 6-28-11)

All discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies can be found on 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, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community. Learn more about and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.
View the home page at

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 on the division's website.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation Applications             (Posted: 6-25-10)

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             (Posted: 6-18-10)

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             (Posted: 10-19-09)


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             (Posted: 10-19-09)

Click HERE.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Cox
Durham Field Office
Conservation Education Coordinator
USDA Forest Service
271 Mast Rd
Durham NH 03824
603 868-7706

TogetherGreen Grants and Leadership Program Launched             (Posted: 6-16-08)

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

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.

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.

Education Grants

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.


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.


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.

Grant Opportunities

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 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

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

Order your free Life of the Forest educational materials from International Paper at

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.