Resilient Communities for America:   Private Funding in Uncertain Times

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Mar 6, 2017 4:52:00 AM

 At this point, no one knows what the future holds for the Environmental Protection Agency. What we do know is that in FY 2016, it awarded approximately $3.9 billion in grants to Native American tribes, state and local governments, and nonprofit organizations. While foundation funding may never be able to fill a void that large, it is still prudent to know what alternatives exist in the private realm for environmental projects. We bring you two foundation grants: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Wells Fargo and Company Resilient Communities program, and the Enterprise Community Partners: Climate and Cultural Resilience Grants, which both focus on protecting the environment as a way to create strong, resilient communities.


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Topics: Environment

Lead Paint Dangers - Grants to Reduce the Risk

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 27, 2017 4:58:00 AM

Even though lead was banned for U.S. residential use in 1978,  it remains a persistent threat to approximately 24 million homes in this country. Lead contamination can happen anywhere, but minority communities and low income populations are often at higher risk. To counteract this, HUD is offering two grants critical in the war on lead poisoning:  the Lead-Based Hazard and Control Grant (LBPHC) and the Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant Program (LHRD). In mitigating the hazards of lead, HUD stresses the return on investment is a higher quality of life. Medical and social service costs, school/work absenteeism and overall stress levels are reduced in safer living environments.

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Topics: Environment

Corporate Grantmaking from Keep America Beautiful

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Feb 20, 2017 7:28:00 AM

President’s Day is a good time to feature Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit that has been encouraging the public to become involved in community beautification efforts since 1953. A coalition of major corporations, civic groups, and volunteers, this organization provides several grants throughout the year for anti-littering campaigns, recycling awareness, National Planting Day and other environmentally-related events.

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Topics: Environment

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program - How Forest Recycle Their Neck of the Woods

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Nov 2, 2016 4:13:00 AM

In fairy tales, a journey into the wilderness often represents a rite of passage. Our favorite character enters and metamorphosis occurs. The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program wants to help forests be catalysts for transformation in the real world as well. It enables communities to buy woodlands that are threatened with development in order to protect their traditional uses and create new opportunities for environmental education, economic development and ecological stewardship. In saving the forests, rural communities especially can reawaken with the very characteristics that defined them in the first place.

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Topics: Environment, Economic Development

Save the Bats - Fearless Funding for a Not-So-Scary Subject

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 31, 2016 4:13:00 AM

It wasn’t easy coming up with a Halloween topic for this blog. Grants for ghost seemed like an obvious choice, but as it turns out, financial assistance for paranormal activity has dwindled in the past few years. It seems that money for monsters and funding for Frankenstein just isn’t what it used to be. As good as our database is, queries for vampires and werewolves also left us howling in vain. Bats to the rescue! Literally! Far more valuable than just a tongue-in-cheek Halloween topic, bats are a vital force for good in the greater scheme of things. Mother Nature is the spirit we will be channeling today as we bring funding opportunities to help save the bats and more.

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Topics: Environment, Pets

The GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Program - Helping Local Governments Bloom

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 12, 2016 4:13:00 AM

If we have brought you a bounty of nature-related grants lately, there is good reason for it. As it turns out, what is good for the environment is good for us as well. In addition to improved physical and mental health for individuals, green space is critical to urban areas. The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company agree. They have partnered with each other to grow one thousand community gardens and green spaces by 2018 with their GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Grant Program.

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Topics: Parks and Recreation, Agriculture, Environment

The America's Great Outdoors:  Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Oct 3, 2016 4:13:00 AM

According to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, one third of employees in the Department of the Interior will be eligible to retire in the next five years. The challenge is how to transfer all that wisdom, skill, and knowledge to younger generations, many who would be more likely to recognize an Angry Bird than a bald eagle. Estimates hold that childhood in the age of video games means seven minutes a day in unstructured play outside and seven hours in front of a screen of some sort. The National Fish and Wildlife’s program America’s Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists aims to reconnect young people with their natural environments. In addition to all the physical, mental and emotional benefits there are to experiencing wild places, America's Great Outdoors equips them with the conservation career training needed to answer the help wanted signs that may be appearing soon.

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Topics: Employment, Education, Environment

Alternative Funding for Alternative Transportation:  Bikes and the Big Jump Project

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Sep 28, 2016 4:04:00 AM

Beyond exercise, it is easy to list the benefits of biking for both riders and the communities they live in. There is reduced traffic congestion, cleaner air, greater energy independence, smaller carbon footprints, and larger wallets when used as alternatives to autos. Not to mention, there is just something liberating about peddling along outside at our own pace, even if we are in the middle of a congested urban area. In order to further advance biking as a force for good, People for Bikes is looking for communities committed to creating cultures where cycling is cool.

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Topics: Transportation, Environment

AmeriCorps State and National Grants - Service as Solutions

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 31, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Booker T. Washington once said, “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is one federal agency that makes the act of lifting each other up possible. One of its most famous programs, AmeriCorps, was started in 1994 to give young people a chance to engage in national service, participate in professional development and earn money for their college educations. Since then, almost 1 million members have clocked more than 1.2 billion U.S. service hours. AmeriCorps State and National provides grants, directly or through State Service Commissions, to organizations and partnerships who believe community service plays a large part in solving social problems. Grantees use their awards to recruit, train and supervise AmeriCorps members to build capacity and meet the needs of the areas where they volunteer.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Education, Environment

Wetlands Conservation - 3 Funding Sources

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Aug 15, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Whether they are protecting the air conditioner in our home or the engine in our car, most of us rarely give those hard working filters a second thought, until they stop doing their job. Only when something goes wrong do we recognize their importance. When it comes to the environment, wetlands are Mother Nature’s equivalent to those essential maintenance filters. In fact, according to the EPA, the economic value of the earth’s wetlands is estimated at $14.9 trillion. Yet, like so many other things in our daily life that we take for granted, we rarely think about them or fully appreciate their true value.

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Topics: Environment