Posts Tagged ‘Grants’

WaterSMART: Water & Energy Efficiency Grants

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Apply for a $1,000,000 grant, open until January 23, 2015

“The Nation faces an increasing set of water resource challenges. Aging infrastructure, rapid population growth, depletion of groundwater resources, impaired water quality associated with particular land uses and land covers, water needed for human and environmental uses, and climate variability and change all play a role in determining the amount of fresh water available at any given place and time. Water shortages and water-use conflicts have become more commonplace in many areas of the United States, even in normal water years. As competition for water resources grows-for crop irrigation, growing cities and communities, energy production, and the environment-the need for information and tools to aid water resource managers also grows. Water issues and challenges are increasing across the Nation, but particularly in the West, due to prolonged drought.These water issues are exacerbating the challenges facing traditional water management approaches which by themselves no longer meet today’s needs. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (Department) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide Federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Department bureaus and offices. Through the WaterSMART Program, the Department is working to achieve a sustainable water management strategy to meet the Nation’s water needs.” (Information provided by from the Bureau of Reclamation)  

Apply for the EPA Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements Program

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“The goal of our Environmental Justice Team is to ensure that all people are protected from disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards. Environmental Justice is about real people facing real problems and designing practical solutions to address challenging environmental issues. The environmental justice movement advocates programs that promote environmental protection within the context of sustainable development.” -EPA, Environmental Justice website. epa-ej The EPA is looking to make further progress in their ongoing goal to incorporate environmental justice into EPA programs. In doing so, they are taking applications for the 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. Awards will be made in amounts of $120,000 per award for a 2-year period, for deserving applicants involved in projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community. The deadline for applications is February 18, 2014. Any potential applicants who are interested in using mapping should think about using Mappler! For more information, check out the EPA website and grant guidelines. Source: Colin Munro, Intern

Two Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities
Dear Friends of Environmental Conservation,
The Captain Planet Foundation recently announced the Funding for Youth Environmental Projects. The grant applications are due on May 31, September 30, and January 15 of each year. We would like to create a partnership with your organization for this grant! The goal is to fund and support hands-on environmental projects for children and youth. The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. Click here for more information including all eligibility requirements. Another grant opportunity has also been offered in Virginia. The Virginia Environmental Endownment recently announced the Virginia Mini-Grant Program. Click here for more information including all eligibility requirements. We have been working with several environmental communities to incorporate their ideas into interactive maps and  iPhone applications. The interactive mapping services have been used by clients such as Mississippi River Trail and Susquehanna Greenway. To learn more, please visit Please feel free to contact us at or 732 418-9135 with questions or to discuss your organization’s particular needs. Wansoo Im, Ph.D. IMRivers t: 732 418 9135

Update: Funding Opportunity!

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Urban Waters Small Grants Proposal due January 23, 2012 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set aside between $1.8 to $3.8 million to fund projects throughout the United States that are work to restore urban waters by “improving water quality and supporting community revitalization” as part of the EPA’s Urban Waters program. As stated by the grant proposal guidelines, the goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to “fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.” Projects eligible for funding include:
  • Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  • Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  • Local water quality monitoring programs
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  • Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals
Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at, and the EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012. For more information on this project and for help with developing grant proposals, contact Nicola Mammes, VERTICES Research Assistant Center for Community Mapping

River Network Offers Urban Waters Capacity-Building Grants

River Network is continuously working to connect people and communities to improve the health of our water resources.  The Urban Waters Capacity Building Grant‘s purpose is to improve the quality of disadvantaged urban area water resources through providing technical and administrative support to organizations working to improve local community, stream, and environmental conditions.  The grants are for assistance on projects for a period of 24 months, with recipients being awarded $30,000- $70,000.  River Network expects to award 5-7 project grants.  All U.S. organizations, either public or private, non-profit or governmental, are eligible to apply.  Organizations with an urban waters initiative program that is either underdeveloped or underfunded are especially encouraged to apply.  The deadline is March 14,2011 at 5 pm PST, so APPLY NOW! Source: River Network Scott Jablonski, VERTICES intern

MillerCoors/River Network Choose Finalists for Watershed Protection Grants

MillerCoors, in partnership with River Network, announced the six finalists for their 3rd annual MillerCoors River Network Grant Competition.  These six finalists were chosen by MillerCoors and River Network, but it is up to you to choose the winner!  Finalists include groups from Chicago, Illinois (Friends of the Chicago River), Milwaukie, Oregon (Johnson Creek Watershed Council), North Carolina (North Carolina Big Sweep), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (River Revitalization Foundation), Augusta, Georgia (Savanah Riverkeeper), and Atlanta, Georgia (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance).  You can read about each group’s project and VOTE NOW!

View the River Network Interactive Map here.

Source: River Network

Scott Jablonski, VERTICES intern