January 2010 Grant Opportunities

Grant Opportunities are listed in no particular order. For more information regarding any of the grants listed below, contact John Warbach of the Land Policy Institute by email or by phone at 517.432.8800.

Environmental Literacy Grants for
Informal/Non-Formal Science Education

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Education
Deadline: February 16, 2010
Description: The goal of this funding opportunity is to support projects that engage the public in educational activities that utilize emerging and/or advanced technologies and leverage NOAA assets to improve understanding, and stewardship of the local and global environment.
Research Focus Areas: There is specific interest in projects that use emerging and/or advanced technologies to (1) facilitate outdoor experiences involving scientific inquiry and exploration of the natural world apart from formal K-12 curricula and (2) visualize, display and interpret data to improve understanding and provide a systems perspective of Earth's dynamic processes. This program has two priorities. Priority 1 is for large-scale projects that occur over a longer duration with regional to national implementation. Priority 2 is for small-scale projects that occur over a shorter duration with local to regional implementation.

Active Living Research
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: April 14, 2010
Description: Active Living Research is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals (CFP) to focus on supporting research to inform policy and environmental strategies for increasing physical activity among children and adolescents, decreasing their sedentary behaviors and preventing obesity.

Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) 25th Anniversary Initiative
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Deadline: March 15, 2010
Description: Since 1986, the MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. To build on the momentum created by the MICD over its history, the NEA is announcing the MICD 25th Anniversary Initiative, which will award a limited number of grants to showcase and celebrate the goals of the MICD during its anniversary in 2011. MICD mayors know that the arts and culture contribute greatly as core components in building livable and sustainable communities. They have discovered that the art of placemaking contributes to their communities' economic and cultural vitality. MICD mayors also know first-hand that through design and involvement with the arts and cultural activities, citizens engage in a celebration of place and make their communities dynamic places to live and work.
Eligible Michigan Cities: Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Grand Rapids, Inkster, Kalamazoo, Kentwood, Lansing, Livonia, Monroe, Muskegon, Pontiac, Saginaw, Southfield and Taylor.

Water Sustainability and Climate (WSC)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: A Letter of Intent is due March 15, 2010. The Full Proposal is due April 15, 2010.
Description: One of the most urgent challenges facing the world today is ensuring an adequate supply and quality of water in light of both burgeoning human needs and climate variability and change. Despite its importance to life on Earth, there are major gaps in our basic understanding of water availability, quality and dynamics and the impact of both a changing and variable climate, and human activity, on the water system. The goal of the WSC solicitation is to understand and predict the interactions between the water system and climate change, land use, the built environment and ecosystem function and services through place-based research and integrative models.
Research Focus Areas: Studies of the water system using observations at specific sites in combination with models that allow for spatial and temporal extrapolation to other regions, as well as integration across the different processes in that system are encouraged, especially to the extent that they advance the development of theoretical frameworks and predictive understanding.

American Indian Air Quality Training Program (AIAQTP)
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Deadline: February 26, 2010
Description: This EPA notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications from eligible entities to provide tribal training and technical support for the AIAQTP. The program provides workshop training, internships and technical support to tribal governments seeking to investigate, develop and establish air quality management programs for lands under their jurisdiction.

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
Deadline: June 10, 2010
Description: The NEA's support of a project may start on or after June 1, 2011. The Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth offers funding for projects that help children and youth acquire knowledge and understanding of and skills in the arts. Projects must provide participatory learning and engage students with skilled artists, teachers and excellent art.

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)
Sponsor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Deadline: March 9, 2010
Description: CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental concerns from all sources. The CARE grant program works with the eligible entities to help their communities form collaborative partnerships, develop an understanding of the many local sources of toxic pollutants and environmental risks, set priorities and identify and carry out projects to reduce risks through collaborative action at the local level. CARE's long-term goal is to help communities build self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve human health and local environments into the future. The objective of the CARE grant program is to work collaboratively within the community to investigate the effectiveness of the CARE 4-step process, which fosters a cross-Agency, multi-media approach to provide greater environmental benefits rather than either non-collaborative or traditional regulatory single media approaches.

Coastal Program
Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
Deadline: September 30, 2010
Description: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service welcomes participation in the Coastal Program. This announcement is not a solicitation for grant proposals. Those interested in exploring the possibility of pursuing a cooperative agreement for habitat assessment, protection and/or restoration, or simply receiving technical advice, should contact a local Coastal Program coordinator.

Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Sponsor: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Deadline: September 30, 2010
Description: The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program Act authorizes the Secretary of Interior to provide direct technical and financial assistance to private landowners interested in restoring, enhancing and managing fish and wildlife habitats on their own lands. This announcement is not a solicitation for grant proposals. It is a goal of the program to secure at least 50% of project costs from non-Service sources, but this goal applies to the national program as a whole, and does not have to be achieved on a project-by-project basis. Those interested in pursuing a project under the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program must contact a local coordinator.

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