BALTIMORE DATA JAM COMPETITION

“Baltimore is the focus of exciting and groundbreaking research on cities. For the past 16 years, scientists with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) have been studying the city and its surroundings as a socio-ecological system, or ecosystem. This pioneering research encompasses nearly every aspect of the city – its people, its soils, plants, animals and microbes, its history, institutions, economy and neighborhoods and its waters, airs and even the ground beneath our feet. The Baltimore Data Jam Competition has been designed to let teachers and their students use creativity and skills to find interesting ways to present some of these data and other results in a friendly, educational and competitive atmosphere” (beslter.org)


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Teachers can register their students for the competition, and students can register themselves as well. The information for both ways to register can be found here. Visit www.beslter.org to see full information on the event!

Apply for a $200,000 Grant

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“The Healthy Communities Grant Program was launched in 2003 and integrates several EPA New England programs including Air Quality Outreach, Assistance & Pollution Prevention, Asthma, Children’s Environmental Health and Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative, Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Program (SNECWRP), Toxics, Urban Environmental Program, and Water Infrastructure (Stormwater, Wastewater, and Drinking Water). The goal of the program is to combine available resources and best identify competitive projects that will achieve measurable environmental and public health results in communities across New England. In order to streamline and simplify the application and competitive process, eligible applicants are invited to submit an Initial Proposal to EPA New England for funding consideration under this competitive grant program. Based on the quality of the eligible initial proposals as measured against the applicable criterion in Section V, finalists will be invited to submit full project proposals for further evaluation. The Healthy Communities Grant Program anticipates awarding approximately 10-15 cooperative agreements from these full project proposals in 2015″ (grants.gov)


  • Closing Date- April 30, 2015
  • Funding Number- EPA-R1-HC-2015
  • Award Ceiling- $200,000
  • Number of Expected Awards- 15
  • Eligible Applicants- State and Local governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts
  • Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help & Information- Sandra Brownell EPA New England 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OEP06-2) Boston, MA 02109-3912 Fax: 617-918-0797 Phone: 617-918-1797  Brownell.Sandra@epa.gov

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National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program

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“The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (Section 305, Title III, Public Law 101 646, 16 U.S.C. 3954) established the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program (NCWCGP) to acquire, restore, and enhance wetlands in coastal States through competitive matching grants to State agencies. The primary goal of the NCWCGP is the long term conservation of coastal wetland ecosystems. In FY 2015, the NCWCGP will fund 25 individual projects encompassing 11,353 acres of coastal habitat.The Final Rule establishing the requirements for participation in the NCWCGP was published in the Federal Register July 30, 2002 (67 FR 49264). The program regulations are in 50 CFR 84. Additional information about the Program is available online at http://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants. Before applying for a grant, please carefully review this entire announcement, Attachment A, Clarification of Select Ranking Criteria in 50 CFR 84.32 and General Program Questions, and the program regulations in 50 CFR 84. Coastal wetlands are valued, in part, because they protect against flooding, help maintain water quality, and provide habitat for wildlife. Coastal environments are also important economically, generating billions of dollars annually through such industries as commercial fishing and tourism.The NCWCGP provides States with financial assistance to protect and restore these valuable resources. Projects can include (1) acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters (coastal wetlands ecosystems) from willing sellers or partners for long term conservation or (2) restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems. All projects must ensure conservation of 20 years or longer” (grants.gov)

“Examples of restoration efforts that may be funded include: Restoring wetland hydrology by plugging drainage ditches, breaking tile drainage systems, installing water control structures, dike construction, or establishing historic connections with waterways, or planting native vegetation and/or removing invasive plants and animals that compete with native fish and wildlife and alter native habitats” (grants.gov)

  • Closing Date- June 24, 2015
  • Funding Number- F15AS00087
  • Award Ceiling- $1,000,000
  • Expected Number of Awards- 20
  • More Information Visit- grants.gov
  • Additional Help Contact- Christy Vigfusson, Chief, Programs Branch, 703-358-1748 Christy_Vigfusson@fws.gov

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Apply for a $100,000 Grant

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“The Revolving Fund Program (RFP) has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems. Qualified private, non-profit organizations, who are selected for funding, will receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities. Eligible entities for the revolving loan fund will be the same entities eligible to obtain a loan, loan guarantee, or grant from the Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant programs administered by RUS, under 7 U.S.C.1926(a)(1) and (2). As grant recipients, the non-profit organizations will set up a revolving loan fund to provide loans to finance predevelopment costs of water or wastewater projects, or short-term small capital projects not part of the regular operation and maintenance of current water and wastewater systems. The amount of financing to an eligible entity shall not exceed $100,000.00 and shall be repaid in a term not to exceed 10 years. The rate shall be determined in the approved grant work plan” (grants.gov)

  • Closing Date- April 13, 2015
  • Funding Number- RDRUS-15-01-RFP
  • Award Ceiling- $100,000
  • Eligible Applicants- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Expected Number of Awards- 3
  • For More Information visit grants.gov
  • Additional Help Contact- Joyce Taylor, Community Specialist 202-720-0499

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Apply for a $24,000 Grant Through the NJ Trails Program

“The Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program (RTP) provides financial assistance to states for developing and maintaining trails and trail facilities. The RTP funds come from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, and represent a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected from non-highway recreational fuel use” (nj.gov)


Eligible projects that qualify for the grant are- maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages for trails, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails in existing parks or in new right of way, for motorized use only acquisition of easement and fee simple title to property for trails (nj.gov)  

  • Award Ceiling- $24,000
  • Closing Date- Mid February
  • Visit their site to see the full information
  • Send grant forms to Trails@dep.state.nj.us

Apply for a $10,000 Grant through American Water

American Water’s environmental grants support innovative, community-based environmental projects that improve, restore and/or protect watersheds and community water supplies through partnerships (amwater.com)


The grant will select projects that address a watershed or a source water protection need within a local community that is within the American Waters areas, with the maximum grant amount of $10,000. Some examples of projects are watershed cleanup, reforestation efforts, hazardous waste collection efforts, and streamside buffer restoration (amwater.com).
 
  • Deadline- March 13, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $10,000
  • Project Completion- between May 1st and November 29th
  • To see the grant brochure click here
  • More Information- amwater.com

Apply for a $500,000 Grant- Competitive State Wildlife Grants Program

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“Congress established the SWG Competitive Grant Program (SWG-C) in 2008 through Public Law 110-161. This nationally-competitive program provides a resource to implement or enhance the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), with a special focus on promoting and advancing cooperative partnerships that result in large-scale landscape conservation. SWG Competitive Grant Program applications must address: (a) eligible actions identified in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-approved SWAPs; (b) emerging issues (such as climate change effects on species of greatest conservation need) that are adequately documented in the grant application and that propose to improve the status of such species and their habitats; or, (c) improvements to SWAPs that meet one or more of the themes described in Section IV.F. of the full application instructions” (grants.gov)



  • Closing Date- March 13, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $500,000
  • Funding Number- F15AS00030
  • Eligible Applicants- State agencies responsible for fish and wildlife management and conservation and the following agencies: Northeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
  • Expected Number of Awards- 15
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help- Paul VanRyzin, Fish and Wildlife Administrator, 703-358-1849 paul_vanryzin@fws.gov
  • source for this grant from grants.gov

Apply for a $100,000 Grant- Revolving Fund Program

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“The Revolving Fund Program (RFP) has been established to assist communities with water or wastewater systems. Qualified private, non-profit organizations, who are selected for funding, will receive RFP grant funds to establish a lending program for eligible entities. Eligible entities for the revolving loan fund will be the same entities eligible to obtain a loan, loan guarantee, or grant from the Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant programs administered by RUS, under 7 U.S.C.1926(a)(1) and (2). As grant recipients, the non-profit organizations will set up a revolving loan fund to provide loans to finance predevelopment costs of water or wastewater projects, or short-term small capital projects not part of the regular operation and maintenance of current water and wastewater systems. The amount of financing to an eligible entity shall not exceed $100,000.00 and shall be repaid in a term not to exceed 10 years. The rate shall be determined in the approved grant work plan” (grants.gov)
  • Closing Date- April 13, 2015
  • Funding Number- RDRUS-15-01-RFP
  • Funding Category- Agriculture, Community Development, Environment, Health
  • Award Ceiling- $100,000
  • Expected Number of Awards- 3
  • Eligible Applicants- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help & Information- Joyce Taylor Community Specialist 202-720-0499 email- JoyceM.Taylor@wdc.usda.gov
  • source for this grant from grants.gov

$250,000 Grant- Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program

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The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nations water supply, including but not limited to enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices” (grants.gov)
  • Closing Date- March 12, 2015
  • Funding Number- G15AS00019
  • Expected Number of Awards- 5
  • Eligible Applicants- Public & State controlled institutions of higher education
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Help & Information- Kimberly Dove, Grants Specialist, 703-648-7487 kdove@usgs.gov
  • source for this grant from grants.gov

Apply for $100,000 Grant! Oklahoma & Texas Area

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“The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Great Plains Region, Oklahoma-Texas Area Office, is requesting proposals to fund activities in support of its Water Conservation Field Services Program in Federal fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015)” (grants.gov)

  • Award Ceiling- $100,000
  • Funding Number- R15AS00038
  • Closing Date- March 20, 2015
  • Number of Expected Awards- 1
  • Eligible Applicants- County governments, City or township governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Special district governments, State governments
  • More Information- grants.gov
  • Additional Information and Help- Lindsey Nafts, Grants Officer, (406) 247-7684 lnafts@usbr.gov
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