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2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants

Environmental solutions for the future can begin with you!

Whether you’re in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. In many places, that wildlife faces challenges. If you’re a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife, Planet Connect is offering grants of $1,000 to implement a project in your local school or community. In addition, all grantees will receive funding to participate in a local summer internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.

Here’s your chance to make a difference! Apply for a national Planet Connect Youth Engagement Grant today! Visit http://planetconnect.org/2012wcgrants to learn more and to watch the grant promo video.

Need some help brainstorming project ideas? Check out the grant projects and internship summaries from the 2011 student grantees here: http://planetconnect.org/2011grantwinners

Apply by February 1, 2012!

Student Wildlife Conservation Grants

Planet Connect
2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants

Environmental solutions for the future can begin with you!

Whether you’re in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. In many places, that wildlife faces challenges. If you’re a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife, Planet Connect is offering grants of $1,000 to implement a project in your local school or community. In addition, all grantees will receive funding to participate in a local summer internship focused on wildlife conservation or natural resources.

Here’s your chance to make a difference! Apply for a national Planet Connect Youth Engagement Grant today! Visit http://planetconnect.org/2012wcgrants to learn more and to watch the grant promo video.

Need some help brainstorming project ideas? Check out the grant projects and internship summaries from the 2011 student grantees here: http://planetconnect.org/2011grantwinners

Apply by February 1, 2012!

Gundalow Company Receives Grant

The Gundalow Company has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation. The one-year grant will support the development and implementation of new “place-based” environmental programs in the Piscataqua Maritime Region. “It’s an honor to support an organization with such strong leadership, strategic planning, community support and willingness to collaborate and share insights,” noted John Robbins, Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation Advisory Board Member. “We’re excited to become a part of the Gundalow’s future programming.”

The Gundalow Company, which operates a replica of the flat bottom gundalows used to haul freight throughout the Piscataqua and Great Bay tidal region in the18th and 19th centuries, currently provides one-hour dockside programs for students aboard the Captain Edward H. Adams. The Robbins de Beaumont grant will support the development of more experiential education experiences, which will include topics such as maritime history, navigation, water quality, climate change and habitat exploration. These new programs will impact the way people relate to the Piscataqua Maritime Region and forge a lasting relationship between students’ and their environment.

“We are fortunate to receive this grant from the Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation,” said Molly Bolster, Executive Director of the Gundalow Company. “The gundalow provides a unique vehicle for maritime and environmental education and this grant will enable us to expand our program offerings and help us better achieve our mission of protecting the heritage of the Piscataqua region through education and action.”

About the Robbins de Beaumont Foundation

The Robbins-de Beaumont Foundation was founded in November 1992 so that the descendants of Josephine Colwell and Loring Robbins might have a vehicle for fostering training and education. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations whose goals are helping people reach their full potential as contributing members of their families, neighborhoods and society at large. Areas of special interest include: the education of children and adults in areas of parenting, volunteerism, employment/life skills, preservation of the environment, performing and visual arts and substance abuse.

Science Grants Available for Educators – Microbial Science

The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE), based at the University of Hawaii, awards grants (up to $1500) to foster education in microbial science.  Any educator may apply for one of these grants, but preference will be given to public school teachers, non-profit organizations, and first-time applicants.  The application is short and simple.  You can request funds for any project related to microbial science.  Past teachers have received funds for equipment and consumable supplies, to attend conferences and professional development workshops, and for school field trips.  Please visit the GEMS webpage for further information and to read about past projects. (http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/education/teachers/gems.htm).  The next application deadline is January 10, 2011.  Please address any questions or concerns to Dr. Michelle Hsia, GEMS Program Coordinator (956-3715) or email gems@soest.hawaii.edu.

Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education Projects

NOAA’s Office of Education offers grants for Formal K-12 Education Projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy.  Note that projects related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are encouraged.  A successful project will catalyze change in K-12 education at the state, regional and national level through development of new programs and/or revision of existing programs to improve the environmental literacy of K-12 teachers and their students.  The target audiences are K-12 students, pre- and in-service teachers, and providers of pre-service teacher education and in-service teacher professional development.  There is a special interest in projects that address reaching groups traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented in Earth System science, including elementary students and teachers.  The deadline for required pre-proposals is September 8, 2010.

http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html

2011 NOAA Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Regional Funding Opportunities

NOAA has issued a request for applications for the Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program in California, Chesapeake Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai’i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest. Funded projects will provide meaningful watershed educational experiences for students, related professional development for teachers, and support regional education and environmental priorities. Please see below for details. Please refer to the specific regional Federal Funding Opportunity announcements, program websites, and Grants.gov for complete information and application instructions. For more information please visit: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/BWET/BWET_funding.html

New England B-WET (NOAA-NMFS-NERO-2011-2002569)

Due Date: The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), October 8, 2010

Funding Range: The total amount that may be requested from NOAA shall not exceed $80,000 per year and $240,000 for all years of the proposed project. The minimum amount that must be requested from NOAA for one year is $10,000 and for all years is $30,000. Time period: duration of 1 to 3 years

NEOSEC Funding Announcement

We very pleased to report that we have secured over $600K in grant funding over the next 3 years for NEOSEC, including support for our core operations and new programs:

* New England Aquarium (NEAq) received a $342K grant from NOAA on behalf of NEOSEC to fund “Summer Science in New England,” which brings a coordinated coastal citizen science project to summer camps around the region. Working with a lead scientist from the Census of Marine Life (CoML) and Project Manager at NEAq, the Marine Environmental Research Institute, Seacoast Science Center, BOAT CAMP, NEAq Harbor Discoveries Camp, Boston’s Camp Harbor View, Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Alton Jones Camp, and Project Oceanology will work in Year 1 to refine intertidal monitoring curricula for youth age 14 and up. Over the course of the summer, campers will learn field protocols, identify intertidal inhabitants, and upload their data for inclusion in CoML’s international NaGISA database, led by trained camp counselors and accompanied by working scientists. In the fall, campers will come together for a Teen Ocean Summit to share their experiences and consider policy aspects of intertidal census data.  In Years 2 and 3, additional camp programs will join the project.

* The Northeast Regional Association for Coastal Observing Systems (NERACOOS) and NEOSEC have entered a Memorandum of Understanding through which NEOSEC will provde education and outreach support to NERACOOS. A resulting Letter of Agreement has made $15K available to NEOSEC to support the Governing Council’s May 2010 meeting, production of NEwswave, and the 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit.

* With the NEAq as the lead, the NOAA BWET program has provided $284K for “Get WET in New England.” In this project, NEOSEC partners will provide professional development to teachers that will allow them to lead watershed field education experiences and follow-up activities for students. Each partner institution (Mystic Aquarium, NEAq, BOAT CAMP, and Gundalow Company) has identified a local school system to take part in the 3-year effort, and is matched with a NOAA Advisor (CT Sea Grant, MIT Sea Grant, Waquoit Bay NERR, and NH Sea Grant, respectively).  Other NEOSEC institutions with existing BWET programs (Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Project Oceanology) also provide connections across the region.

Additionally, we over $900K in pending proposals submitted on behalf of NEOSEC, including:

* A proposal submitted by Mystic Aquarium to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for “Building Ocean Literacy Capacity and Partnerships in New England.” This project would provide collaborative professional development through workshops, staff exchanges, and implementation support among NEOSEC institutions.

* A partnership with COSEE Ocean Systems, as part of their renewal proposal to NSF, to support increased involvement of ocean scientists in NEOSEC programs; assistance to individual scientists in achieving broader impact; use of COSEE-OS content resources and concept mapping tools; and documentation and dissemination of NEOSEC’s model for collaboration.

* A request from the Census of Marine Life to the Davis Foundation to fund scientists’ participation at the November 2010 Ocean Literacy Summit.

* A proposal submitted by the Seacoast Science Center to NOAA’s Informal Education Grant Program for “Families by the Seaside.” This project would support partnerships between NEOSEC members and community-based organizations (CBOs) to develop and implement shoreline education programs for families, using Web 2.0 technologies to document, share, and continue their learning experiences.

Funding Opportunity: EPA National Environmental Education Training Program

Section 5 of the National Environmental Education Act authorizes EPA to fund a National Environmental Education Training Program. The purpose of this program is to deliver environmental education training and long-term support to teachers and other education professionals across the U.S. to enable them to teach effectively about environmental issues.

EPA awards one cooperative agreement to fund this 5 year national program. U.S. institutions of higher education, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, or a consortia of such institutions are eligible to apply. EPA encourages eligible institutions to form consortia to operate this program. To be eligible for consideration, the program must:

  1. Be delivered to a wide range of education professionals that reach diverse demographic populations in all geographic regions of the U.S., including K-12 classroom teachers, faculty in education departments in colleges and universities, and non-formal educators in settings such as parks, nature centers, and museums.
  2. Build on existing national environmental education resources and programs to leverage resources, encourage partnerships, and reduce duplication of effort.
  3. Provide at least a 25% non-federal match.
Other Resources

Funding for Smaller Projects:

For information on EPA funding for smaller scale educator training or other EE projects, please go to the Environmental Education Grant Program.


EPA Grant Webinar:

EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting webinars for the EPA grants community (to be determined shortly). The webinars will address:

  • how to find and apply for grant opportunities
  • an update on the status of Grants.gov
  • preparing a proper budget detail

EPA expects to award funds for this program by September 30, 2010. The program is expected to operate from October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2015, subject to the availability of appropriations and other factors. Applications are due by July 26, 2010.

EPA Contact: Kathleen MacKinnon

Coastal Zone Grants – MA

Massachusetts’ Coastal Zone Management office is seeking proposals for their Coastal Habitat Grants Program. Up to $102,000 is available to support proactive efforts to implement demonstrable steps and actions to further coastal habitat protection, restoration, and assessment within the MA Coastal Zone, including outreach and education activities. Cities, towns, and other public entities; academic institutions; watershed associations or similar not-for-profits, and other private organizations are eligible to apply.  To view the Request for Responses, visit the Comm-PASS website and search for solicitation number “ENV 10 CZM 02.” Questions regarding this solicitation will be accepted until January 15, with answers posted on Comm-PASS by January 19.  Deadline for applications is 2/8/10.