Grants and Fellowships

Community-based Restoration Matching Grants Program (Deadline: April 1)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are pleased to request proposals for their restoration matching grants program. This program is part of a national cooperative agreement between TNC‟s Global Marine Team and the Community-based Restoration Program of the NOAA Restoration Center. The objectives of TNC and NOAA‟s Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) are to bring together interested groups, public, private, tribal and non-profit organizations to implement habitat restoration projects to benefit NOAA trust resources (anadromous, estuarine, and marine species and their habitats). This innovative program recognizes the significant role that partnerships can play in making habitat restoration happen within communities, and acknowledges that habitat restoration is often best implemented through technical and monetary support provided at a community level. For more information visit: http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/restoration/programs/crp.html and http://www.nature.org/initiatives/marine/strategies/community.html

Sea Grant, DMF Sponsor Marine Fisheries Management Fellowship (Deadline: April 20)
North Carolina Sea Grant is accepting applications until April 20, 2011 for a fellowship opportunity for students nearing completion of an advanced degree program in natural resources or marine sciences. The one-year N.C. Marine Fisheries Management Fellowship is open to graduate or post-graduate students at southeastern universities and colleges from Maryland to Texas. The selected fellow will be placed with the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) and North Carolina State University's Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, beginning summer 2011. Both facilities are in Morehead City, centrally located on North Carolina's "Crystal Coast," overlooking Bogue Sound. The fellow will address research questions associated with anadromous fishes in Albemarle Sound. Recommendations from the fellow's research will help the DMF assess and manage North Carolina's marine fisheries. "Our future success in resolving complex issues in marine fisheries will depend on training and preparing the best and brightest students for that task," says Michael Voiland, North Carolina Sea Grant executive director. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., April 20, 2011. Details: http://www.ncseagrant.org/home/about-ncsg/news-events?task=showArticle&id=912&category=news&limitstart.

2011-12 Learn and Serve America Online Grant Application (Letter of Intent due March 22, Application due April 15, 2011)
The Louisiana Serve Commission in the Office of Lieutenant Governor has released the 2011-12 Learn and Serve America grant application. This grant provides funding for service-learning programs to be implemented in K-12 public schools. Funding is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS); all grant awards are contingent upon receipt of CNCS funds. This is a cost reimbursement federal grant that requires a dollar-for-dollar match which can be generated through cash or in-kind contributions of services, goods, or materials. Eligible applicants are K-12 public school teachers, schools, or school districts, nonprofit organizations that have been in existence for over one year, have experience in working with at-risk youth, and can provide projects for the student participants. The nonprofit will enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with their identified public schools and work closely with the public school teacher(s) to ensure state standards, benchmarks, and GLEs are met. The Learn and Serve grant application guidelines and application can be found at www.crt.state.la.us/laserve/las. The Commission requests that potential applicants submit a Letter of Intent to Apply to Denise Dowell, Learn and Serve program officer, via e-mail (ddowell@crt.la.gov) by 4:00 pm on March 22, 2011. The Commission will require potential applicants to participate in one of the technical assistance webinars to be conducted on March 29 and 30. Webinar details will be forwarded to those submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply. All other interested applicants must contact Denise Dowell for details. The grant application must be submitted electronically to the Louisiana Serve Commission for receipt by 4:00 pm on April 15, 2011.
Individual Programs
Individual Programs (Teacher or School): Programs in years 1-3 years of funding from Learn and Serve qualify for up to $5,000.
Continuing Programs: Learn and Serve funded programs in years 4-6 qualify for up to $7,000.
Leadership Programs: Learn and Serve funded programs in existence for 7+ years that have reached and maintained expected program outcomes and demonstrated excellence in program design, evaluation, and partnership development qualify for up to $12,000.
District Programs
A public school district submitting a grant application identifying two or more schools where service-learning programs will be implemented will be considered for a district grant. A district program is eligible for up to $50,000 in funding.
Non-profit/K-12 Public School Partnership
The public or private nonprofit entity is the eligible applicant when they have been in existence for at least one year, have demonstrated expertise in working with at-risk youth, and can make projects available for student participants in the service-learning program. This applicant is eligible for up to $25,000.

FishAmerica Foundation - NOAA CRP FY11 RFP available (Deadline: May 16)
FishAmerica Foundation and the NOAA Restoration Center announces the release of the FY11 RFP for Community-based Restoration Program to fund local efforts to accomplish meaningful on-the-ground restoration of marine, estuarine and riparian habitats, including salt marshes, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and freshwater habitats important to anadromous fish species (fish that migrate to and from the sea). Emphasis is on using a hands-on, grassroots approach to restore fisheries habitat across coastal America, the Great Lakes region, and the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Up to $1milllion is available nationwide under this solicitation for projects ranging from $10-75K for projects. Proposals are Due May 16th. Details are available on http://www.fishamerica.org/grants/

$30,000 NSF CAREER-sponsored fellowship (Deadline: May 28)
The Master of Natural Sciences degree (MNS), administered through the Graduate School in conjunction with the College of Science. The degree program allows crossover into allied fields. For instance, a teacher seeking an advanced degree can tailor course work to obtain secondary certification in more than one area, or an employee of a public agency can broadly enhance his or her knowledge and skills. This program can be completed in three summers, but classes can be taken in the evening during the year as well. This specific three-year fellowship ($10,000 per year) will support three teachers between 2011 and 2016. The project is funded by grant #NSF-ANT-1048343 ("CAREER: Deciphering Antarctic Climate Variability during the Temperate/Polar Transition and Improving Climate Change Literacy in Louisiana through a Companion Outreach Program) awarded to Dr. Sophie Warny at LSU. LSU agrees to waive the tuition fee for the three teachers who will be selected for this program. Each teacher selected for this project will write a master’s thesis that will focus on mapping data about fossils of plants and pollen from Antarctica. While doing their thesis, the teacher will learn about topics such as plant evolution through time, paleontology, climate change, Antarctica, GIS mapping, and geological time scale. Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in geology or biology, or significant coursework in one of these areas. They need to be currently certified and teaching biology in a Louisiana school. They need to sign a contract stipulating that they will continue to teach biology or geology in a school for three years following completion of the degree. For more information, contact Dr. Sophie Warny at swarny@lsu.edu or visit http://science.lsu.edu/MasterNatProgram.htm

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Environmental Education (Deadline: May 2, 2011)
Environmental Education Regional Grants -- Solicitation Notice for 2011
RFP NUMBER: EPA-EE-11-02
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): 66.951
The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically via grants.gov by May 2, 2011, 11:59pm in order to be considered for funding. See Section IV(D) for more details about the deadline. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $1,943,000 nationwide (approximately $194,300 per Region). EPA expects to award a minimum of 2 grants per Region for an expected minimum of 20 grants nationwide; the minimum award amount is $15,000 and the maximum is $100,000, subject to the availability of funds, the quality and quantity of applications received, and other applicable considerations. Applicants must demonstrate how they will provide non-federal matching funds of at least 25% of the total cost of the project. Applications should plan for projects to start no earlier than September 1, 2011. To begin the proposal process under this grant announcement, go to http://www.grants.gov and click on the “Apply for Grants” tab on the left side of the page. Then click on “Apply Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package” to download the compatible Adobe viewer and obtain the application package.

Environmental Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills (Deadline: June 22)
Funding Opportunity Number: EPA-G2011-STAR-F1
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 66.509
Eligibility Contact: James Gentry (gentry.james@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8093
Electronic Submissions: Ron Josephson (josephson.ron@epa.gov); phone: 703-308-0442
Technical Contact: Mitch Lasat (lasat.mitch@epa.gov); phone: 703-347-8099
As part of the federal government’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a $2 million Congressional appropriation for a grant or grants for “a study on the potential human and environmental risks and impacts of the release of crude oil and the application of dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures listed in the National Contingency Plan Product List (40 C.F.R. Part 300 Subpart J).” To implement this appropriation through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA is seeking applications proposing to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills. The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures (“dispersants/agents/measures”) with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/agents/measures on the environment. Applicants must also submit a community outreach program plan, the objective of which is to help impacted Gulf Coast communities effectively participate in the study and use its results. To achieve this objective, the applicant should work collaboratively with affected communities to identify significant risks posed by oil spills to human health and the environment, obtain their input in the design of a study to help the communities address these challenges, and provide technical assistance to them so that they can use the results of the study. For more details, visit: http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2011/2011_star_oilspill.html