Thursday, January 21, 2010

Environmental Grants and Awards

From the CREEC Network January NewsLetter.. !! Thanks CREEC !!


Ocean Guardian Grant

Deadline: February 1, 2010

NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is offering Ocean Guardian grants of $2,000- $6,000

to a number of California schools whose students create a school or community-based conservation

project that protects their local watershed and the ocean. K-12 schools in the following counties are

eligible: Marin, San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Monterey, San Benito,

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura. This website also offer lesson plans and videos on

ocean education. For more information, visit



Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence (AASTE)

Deadline: February 5, 2010

The Amgen Award for Science Teaching Excellence is an annual awards program that recognizes

extraordinary contributions by K-12 educators across the U.S. and Canada who are elevating the level

of science literacy through creativity in the classroom and motivation of students. An independent

panel of judges selects the winners based on the following criteria: creativity and effectiveness of

teaching methods; plans for the use of grant money to improve science education resources in their

schools; and submission of a science lesson plan showcasing innovative methods in the classroom.

Thirty-four science teachers will be awarded an unrestricted cash grant of $5,000, and their schools

will receive a restricted grant of $5,000 to be used to expand or enhance the school’s science program,

purchase new science resources, or further the professional development of their science teachers. For

more information, visit



Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program

Deadline: February 12, 2010

Raise up to $5,000 for your school in minutes. It’s almost that easy when you take advantage of

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation knows

how hard people work for their kids and community. They are dedicated to helping parent-teacher

groups achieve even more for schools. Apply for the Toolbox for Education Grant now and build on

your success with a Lowe’s grant. To apply, visit


U.S. EPA National Environmental Video Competition

Deadline: February 16, 2010

The U.S. EPA is sponsoring a video contest that challenges filmmakers and students to produce short,

creative videos that highlight the Three Rs of individual consumption: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The

EPA will award cash prizes up to $2,500 and will be accepting video submissions through February

16, 2010. The competition “Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice” calls for short, creative videos that

examine consumption and recycling and offer community based solutions. Entries should be 30-60

seconds in length and promote steps individuals and organizations can take to minimize negative

environmental impacts within their communities on the following topics: Reducing and reusing,

Recycling, Composting, and Consumption and its effect on environmental footprint. To enter, visit


Call for Young Eco-Hero Nominations and Applications

Deadline: February 28, 2010

Calling all Young Eco-Heroes for this annual Action For Nature juried contest. Cash prizes and other

gifts are awarded to young people, 8 to 16 years of age, who have initiated and achieved outstanding

environmental success, and whose efforts will inspire others. Guidelines and application form

available on the Web site. Nominations encouraged. To apply, visit


Young Naturalist Awards 2010

Deadline: March 1, 2010

The American Museum of Natural History announces the 13th annual Young Naturalist Award, a

research-based essay contest for students in grades 7-12 to promote participation and communication

in science. To learn more, visit



Arbor Day Poster Contest “Trees are Terrific…and Energy Wise!”

Deadline: March 1, 2010

Fifth Grade Educators and their students are invited to participate in the annual Arbor Day

Poster Contest, a program of the National Arbor Day Foundation, and sponsored in

California by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the

California Community Forests Foundation. We hope you will use the contest activity to help your

students learn more about how trees provide many environmental benefits – including capturing and

storing energy. To apply, visit


Recycle Rex

Deadline: March 13, 2010

Register your K–6th grade classes for Recycle Rex’s Statewide Recycle Challenge beginning October

26, 2009. The registration form will be available at the Department of Conservation’s web site. You

may register by email or regular mail. The winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2010!

To register, visit



Bright Ideas Grants: PG&E Solar Schools Program

Deadline: March 20, 2010

Spring 2010 grant applications are now being accepted that promote environmental

stewardship in the following categories: Educational Solar Projects; Youth Energy and

Environmental Programs; Renewable energy or Science Related Field Trips; Green Your

School Projects; and Professional Development/Service Learning Projects/Workforce Development

Programs. For more information, visit



International Children's Painting Competition

Deadline: April 15, 2010

The United Nations Environment Programme's International Children's Painting Competition invites

young people (ages 6-14) to submit their paintings on the theme to the relevant UNEP Regional

Office. This year's theme is Biodiversity: Connecting with Nature. The competition encourages

children from all parts of the world to focus on particular environmental issues and how these issues

affect their communities. Regional winners will be announced on World Environment Day, June 5,

2010. The regional first prize winners will each receive a cash prize and a trip for themselves and an

accompanying adult to the Tunza International Children’s Conference in Aichi, Japan, August 2010.

For more information, visit




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