Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Two Grant Opportunities for Programs which engage Middle and High School Students

Two Grant Opportunities for Programs which engage Middle and High School Students

$1 Million in funding for installing Riparian Forest Buffers:
Deadline for Applications: 10/31/12
Informational Webinar: Sept 5, 3pm

Governor O’Malley’s Stream Restoration Challenge is a new competitive grant to engage middle and high school students and other citizens in restoring 1,000 acres of tree buffers along streams in Maryland. Note that it emphasizes partnerships: “This program encourages local governments and non-government organizations – including watershed organizations, school systems, and other academic institutions – to work side by side to bring together scientific expertise, environmental stewardship, and educational practices for the benefit of the Bay and Maryland students.” We strongly encourage participation by schools, and especially school system-wide proposals or those that would involve multiple schools. Think outside of the usual box – this is a great opportunity to do something really meaningful, both in terms of the environmental impact as well as the students’ issues investigation and action. Costs for schools to participate can be included in the proposal. Technical assistance is available, including help pairing schools/school systems with more technical partners. You may want to consider multiple partnerships – for example, a community or watershed organization plus county environmental agency and school system.

The full Request for Proposals (RFP):  

For questions about the RFP and to gain technical assistance:  Gabe Cohee  410.260.8753
For further assistance with educational components and connecting with school groups:  Bill Reinhard   410.767.0486 

NEEF: America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants 

Deadline for Applications 9/19/12

The National Environmental Education Foundation, in partnership with theNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation, United States Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management, have launched the America's Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors 2012 Grants program.
Through the new program, NEEF and its partners seek to catalyze efforts to increase the number of pre-K-12 youth, particularly urban and/or underserved youth, who build a connection with public lands as places for recreating, learning and volunteering. Proposed projects should maximize hands-on outdoor engagement opportunities on public lands, focused on the areas of 1) education — opportunities that provide quantifiable and meaningful conservation education outcomes that enhance environmental literacy, support STEM education, and use of the environment as a context for learning; 2) recreation —opportunities that promote healthy lifestyles, build outdoor recreation skills, and engage youth in active recreation such as hiking, paddling, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing, wildlife watching, and geo-caching; and 3) environmental stewardship — opportunities that provide quantifiable and meaningful conservation outcomes such as native fish-focused stream restoration, species- focused landscape restoration, invasive species removal, native plant restoration, wildlife surveys/assessments, project monitoring, and trail restoration.

To be eligible, applicants must be a Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management unit or a nonprofit organization, academic institution, or tribal group that partners with these agencies. Applicants must have been in existence for at least two years. The proposed youth engagement events must be held on a Forest Service or BLM site, or show that the project clearly benefits these agencies.
Approximately $243,000 in funding is available to support awards in the range of $2,500 to $20,000. There is a minimum one-to-one non-federal match required for this grant, though larger match ratios are encouraged.

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