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

The Pulling Together Initiative from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jul 18, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Thirty-three billion dollars a year in damage to the economy! The destruction of natural habitats! Serious human health implications! Upon hearing these threats, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not plants! Yet invasive weeds have the potential to do all that and more. What exactly is an invasive species? While the term may conjure up images of menacing, flesh-eating Venus flytraps, an invasive species is simply one that is not indigenous to the area, but has the potential for aggressive growth. According to the United States National Arboretum, these pests often have an advantage over existing plants because insects and diseases in a new place may not affect them yet. Once they become well established in an area, the consequences can be significant, as this list from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service documents:

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Topics: Environment

The Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants Program

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Jun 29, 2016 4:13:00 AM

Baja tourists swear the Eastern North Pacific grays (aka California grays) are just as curious about them as they are about the whales. They claim the magnificent mammals often swim up to whale watching boats as if welcoming interaction. Perhaps they are just happy to be back in the warm waters of Mexico after traveling 10,000 miles from their feeding grounds in Alaska’s Bering Sea. Or perhaps, in their own way, they are thanking humans for the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Under its protection, they were among the first to recover and be removed from the endangered list. Unfortunately, not all marine life has fared so well. Many species and their habitats are still vulnerable and in need of protection. Since human intervention has been documented to make a difference, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations (NOAA) is offering funding to strengthen coastal ecosystems for the benefit of all life forms who depend on them.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Environment

Tackling Toxins - The Community Health Projects Related to Contamination at Brownfield Sites

Posted by Sherie Sanders on May 25, 2016 4:13:00 AM

When we think of major contributors to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, pollution is not always the first thing that comes to mind. While scientist are still debating the fine points, there is growing public awareness of environmental risks. Below are just a few types of toxins and the maladies they have been associated with:

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Topics: Health Care, Environment

Happy Earth Day 2016

Posted by Sherie Sanders on Apr 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM

Earth Day is today, and we would like to help you celebrate the occasion with fun facts, freebies, and a few planet-friendly funding opportunities.

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Topics: Grant News, Foundation Grants, Environment

Preparing Your Agency to Apply for a Brownfields Assessment Grant

Posted by Beverly Browning on Oct 13, 2015 7:30:00 AM

There have been a few hints of the Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Assessment Grants program being re-funded for the 2016 federal fiscal year. To date, there is no application announcement posted on the Environmental Protection Agency’s website; however, it’s never too early to start preparing your application materials. This blog post will provide an FAQ about applying to the grant program and provide resources to get you going.

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Topics: Grant Writing, Environment

Land and Water Conservation Fund 101

Posted by Beverly Browning on Aug 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

If you’re managing a state or local parks and recreation agency and have counted on an annual grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), then you’ve probably been pacing back and forth wondering if this 50-year-old act will be funded again. In researching the LWCF for one of our eCivis clients, I found some background and current status tracking websites to keep you updated on pending congressional actions.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Grant News, Legislation, Environment

Grant Opportunities and News for July 2, 2015

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on Jul 2, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Every so often, we write about grant- or government-related news items and grant opportunities gleaned from various sources. Today's post focuses on generational thinking about transportation, walkability and livability, green infrastructure, and educational opportunities to improve STEM education and higher education prospects for low-income students.

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Topics: Transportation, Grant News, Education, Environment

Tackling Drought Through Innovation, Grants, and Government

Posted by Timothy Tiernan on May 26, 2015 4:00:00 AM

Smart technologies are changing the way we live and allowing cities to more efficiently deliver services. There are smart signals to optimize timing and assist with easing traffic congestion in cities, smart water meters that allow water customers to track usage and conservation in real time, and general open-data apps to keep residents informed and conserve resources.

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Topics: Partnerships, Environment

Finding Grant Funding for Your Brownfield Project

Posted by Beverly Browning on Oct 7, 2014 11:59:00 AM

This article provides tips and a lot of resources for redevelopment funding for your brownfield initiative.  From traditional sources to little-known sources, there is a variety of funding to assist in cleanup and redevelopment.

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Topics: Federal Grants, Environment

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