Nepal Relief-

Our team at Vertices created a community map that will help the people of Nepal and those there assisting with relief. This map found on, provides a quick and easy way for earthquake victims to add information about the aid they need. By making a visual public map, earthquake relief teams and individuals can see where and what type of aid is needed in a specific area.

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We used information from and created a map using our program Mappler. We determined different aid categories that will help the people of Nepal and added need to know variables such as if victims of the disaster need water, food, shelter, or medical aid. We continually add new information to the site, and those in Nepal can add their own data to the map as well. People in the area can either log in and create an account or just sign in as a guest, and are then able to quickly fill out the information they want to be made public. This map makes it easy to see what areas need help and with what exactly they need help with. This horrific disaster has damaged large areas, and injured and killed many people. The Vertices team hopes this map makes it easier to help those in need! Please share the link on social media to spread the word-

Apply for a $200,000 Grant

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants to build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs as described in Section I, FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION, of this announcement. States, tribes, local government agencies, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply under this announcement, as further described herein. Universities that are agencies of a state government are eligible, but must include documentation demonstrating that they are chartered as part of a state government in the proposal submission. Non-profit organizations are not eligible to compete under this RFP” (  

  • Funding Number- EPA-R7WWPD-15-001
  • Award Ceiling- $200,000
  • Closing Date- May 22, 2015
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards- 5
  • Eligible Applicants- View full announcement on
  • More Information-
  • Additional Help Contact- Mandy, Whitsitt, 913-551-7311

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Apply for a $1,000,000 Grant- 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 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. 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. We rank applications based on criteria published in 50 CFR 84.32. The funding opportunity announcement is found on our website:” (  

  • Funding Number- F15AS00087
  • Award Ceiling- $1,000,000
  • Closing Date- June 24, 2015
  • Expected Number of Applicants for Grant- 20
  • Eligible Applicants- State agency or entity designated as eligible by the Governor of a coastal State (visit link above for details)
  • More Information-
  • Additional Help and Information- Christy Vigfusson, Chief, Programs Branch, 703-358-1748

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Apply for a $50,000 Grant- Fish and Wildlife Management Assistance

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“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) Washington Fish and Wildlife Office Fisheries Program promotes a balanced approach toward aquatic resource stewardship that recognizes a need to conserve and manage self-sustaining populations and their habitats while providing quality recreational fishing. Proposals will only be considered for projects within the state of Washington. Proposals may include but are not limited to: fish passage, in-stream and riparian habitat restoration, introduced species management (including aquatic invasive species), and culture aspects of brood stock development, production and re-introduction. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program policy, plans, and/guidelines inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applications seeking funding under this program should review the program plan/guidelines and also contact the Program Officer prior to submitting an application for funding. Project proposals requested between $1,000 and $50,000 are most attractive. There is no required match; however, 50 percent cost share is highly encouraged. See Notice of Funding Availability document for further detail” (  

  • Funding Number- F15AS00217
  • Award Ceiling- $50,000
  • Closing Date- June 30, 2015
  • Number of Expected Grant Awards- 10
  • Eligible Applicants- “Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, State governments, City or township governments, Independent school districts, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), County governments, Private institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), For profit organizations other than small businesses, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education” (
  • More Information-
  • Additional Help- Curtis Tanner, Division Manager, 360-753-4326

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Apply for a $132,000 Grant- Safe and Sustainable Water Resources- Drinking Water

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“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is offering Graduate Fellowships for master’s and doctoral level students in environmental fields of study. The deadline for submission of applications is May 26, 2015 at 11:59:59 PM. Subject to availability of funding and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 55 new fellowships in the Fall of 2015. The Fellowship Program provides up to $44,000 per year of support per fellowship. Master’s level students may receive a maximum of two years of support ($88,000). Doctoral students may be supported for a maximum of three years ($132,000), usable over a period of five years.” (


  • Funding Number- EPA-2015-STAR-E1
  • Closing Date- May 26, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $132,000
  • Number of Expected Awards-55
  • Eligible Applicants- “Students must attend a fully accredited U.S. college or university (located in the U.S. or its territories) for their graduate studies. Students must also be citizens of the U.S. or its territories or possessions, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. Resident aliens must have their green card at the time of application to be eligible. Do not provide the green card number with your application; however, you may be asked to provide it at a later time to verify eligibility with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service of the Department of Homeland Security”
  • Visit for more information

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National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities- Future Funding Announcement

“The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) intends to promote the first of several planned NIMHD Precision Medicine initiatives by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for new Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research focused on examining the potential for integrative precision medicine approaches to help improve minority health and reduce or eliminate health disparities. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. This new TCC FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2015 with an expected application due date in late summer 2015. The FOA will use the U54 cooperative agreement award activity code.” (


  • For more information on this future grant opportunity click here
  • Contact Nishadi Rajapakse for more information & help-

Nishadi Rajapakse, PhD, MHS National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Telephone: 301-496-4338 Email:


Apply for a $40,000 Grant- The Aquatic Invasive Species Program

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“The Aquatic Invasive Species Program intends to award funding for its 2015 State Interstate Aquatic Nuisance Species ANS Management Plan program in accordance with Section 1204 of the Non-indigenous Aquatic Prevention and Control Act. The Act directs the Service to provide cost share grants for the implementation of State and Interstate ANS Management Plans ANS Plans that have been approved by the ANS Task Force. These ANS Plans identify technical, enforcement, or financial assistance activities needed to eliminate or reduce the environmental, public health and safety risks associated with aquatic nuisance species also know as aquatic invasive species. The ANS Plans focus on feasible, cost effective management practices and measures to be undertaken by the States and cooperating entities to prevent and control ANS infestations in an environmentally sound manner” (

  • Funding Number- F15AS00108
  • Closing Date- April 27, 2015
  • Award Ceiling- $40,000
  • Expected Number of Awards- 43
  • Eligible Applicants- State, Tribe, regional organization or group of States that has worked directly within the Service Aquatic Invasive Species Program and the Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) Task Force to develop a State/Interstate ANS management Plan approved by the ANS Task Force (
  • More Information-
  • Additional Help & Information- Stephanie Long, 703-358-1749

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Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program

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SFR provides funding to restore, conserve, manage, or enhance sport fish populations and the public use and benefits from these resources; and to provide boating access to public waters. Ineligible activities include law enforcement of fish and game regulations and public relation activities to promote the fish and wildlife agency (

  • Funding Number- F15AS00048
  • Eligible Applicants- State fish and game agencies in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
  • Closing Date- September 30, 2015
  • Apportionment Information click here
  • For More Information-
  • Additional Help and Information- Cheryl Rodriguez, Grants Fiscal Officer, 505-248-7464

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“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” (

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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 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″ (

  • 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-
  • 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

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