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Wetlands Conservation - 3 Funding Sources

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.

Electrify America:  Lighting the Way for Electric Vehicles (EVs)

Electric cars have been making headlines lately. Spurred by Volvo's decision to only introduce hybrid or battery powered models starting in 2019, media outlets have been speculating on the death knell of the internal combustion engine. While no one knows exactly when or if this will really happen, planners and transportation departments for state and local government understand that green cars are the future, and that necessary infrastructure needs to be established to support their use. Electrify America, from the auto manufacturer Volkswagen, may be one potential source of funding for advancing Zero Emissions Vehicles (ZEVs).

The Pulling Together Initiative from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

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:

Environmental  Grants -  Happy Belated Earth Day  Birthday!

The official date for Earth Day may have been Saturday, April 22, but the point of the occasion is to encourage respect for Mother Nature all 365 days of the year. In that spirit, we offer five environmental grants to help us perennially think green!

Resilient Communities for America:   Private Funding in Uncertain Times

 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.


Lead Paint Dangers - Grants to Reduce the Risk

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.

Corporate Grantmaking from Keep America Beautiful

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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