Grants, Events, K-12 Opportunities, Lagniappe

GRANTS

STEMester of Service YSA Grants (Deadline Extended: August 15)
YSA is seeking middle schools with large populations of disadvantaged youth in the 19 states with highest dropout rates (AK, AZ, CA, CO, DE, DC, GA, HI, IL, LA, MI, MT, NV, NM, NY, NC, RI, WA, WY). Grantees will engage students in a STEMester of Service addressing critical environmental and disaster preparedness needs and connecting them to STEM curricula. The $5,000 grant supports sustainable service projects that launch on MLK Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminate on GYSD (April 20-22, 2012). Please visit www.YSA.org/grants/stemester for more information.


Funding Available for Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plans (Deadline: September 19, 2011)
          The Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP) is now accepting applications for 2012 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies (CSU). This program offers rural U.S. [only] communities the opportunity to be part of climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. This educational opportunity is being conducted in collaboration with the Cumberland River Compact. Local communities are on the front line making key land use decisions in regards to climate change. Through a peer learning network that links underserved rural communities across the U.S., Climate Solutions University (CSU) provides training, expertise, and support to communities engaged in climate adaptation planning.
          Climate Solutions University (CSU) helps rural communities design and implement climate adaptation plans that protect local forest and water resources and support viable rural economies. CSU strengthens local leadership and public engagement and promotes the following outcomes: protection of forests, streams, human and ecological health; preservation of natural resource based economies; and builds broad public support. Each community develops and implements a Forest and Water Climate Adaptation Plan and Case Study by participating in a four-step multi-year process.
Scholarships Available: Six communities will be provided $10,000 scholarships.
Application Deadline: 5:00 PM PST, Monday, September 19, 2011
Apply Now: www.mfpp.org


The following grant opportunities are listed on the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s website.
Eligible applicants are 501(c)3s from East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Ascension, Livingston, Iberville, Pointe Coupee parishes.

Community Coffee Fund {DOWNLOAD PDF}
A corporate Donor Advised Field of Interest Fund of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Community Coffee Fund seeks to support innovative programs that will measurably improve the results of pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade education.
          Grant Range: $5,000 to $25,000
          Application Deadlines: March 15, Sept. 15
          Notification Dates: June 1, Dec 1

Powell Group Fund {DOWNLOAD PDF}
This fund makes grants in the areas of arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health care and human services.
          Application Deadlines: Feb. 1, Aug. 1
          Notification Dates: April 15, Oct. 15

Turner Industries Fund {DOWNLOAD PDF}
The fund makes grants for arts and humanities, community development, education, environment, health care and human services. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.
          Application Deadlines: Feb. 1, July 1
          Notification Date: March 15, Aug. 15

GOMF-NOAA Community-based Restoration Program Funding Opportunity (Deadline: September 15)
The Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Partnership (GCRP) with NOAA's Restoration Center has released the 2011 RFP to fund on-the-ground projects to restore marine, estuarine, and riparian habitats to benefit living marine resources and to provide educational and social benefits by significantly involving the community. Due date for the proposal is September 15, 2011. Project funding levels typically fall within the range of $50,000-$100,000. Please see the attached RFP. For questions or project ideas, please contact: Meg Goecker, NOAA Restoration Center at 251-243-2200 (cell), 251-861-2141 ext7509 (office) or via email, meg.goecker@noaa.gov.


EVENTS

Coastal Restoration and Protection Forum (August 12)
You’re invited to the coastal restoration and protection forum taking place on Friday, August 12, from 10am-4pm at the Rev. Percy M. Griffin Community Center, 15511 Hwy 15, Davant, LA 70040 (east bank of Plaquemines Parish). Registration & Breakfast 9 AM. This event, “Getting the Water Right, Getting the Jobs Right” will address coastal restoration in terms of local, state, and federal policy, job creation, and the project planning and implementation process. The goal is to share information, updates, and an array of perspectives on these issues in order to help local stakeholders effectively engage in coastal restoration and protection. For more information, call (504) 279-5720.


Save the Date for T.R.E.E.’s 25th Anniversary Fundraiser Banquet (August 25)
T.R.E.E. is celebrating 25 years of serving students, schools and the community. We want to give you the opportunity to help us plant for the next 25 years. Please join us as we celebrate on this very special night. Thursday, August 25th from 7:00pm–11:00pm at The New Orleans Board of Trade – 316 Board of Trade Place, New Orleans, LA 70130 (faces Magazine St.). Cost: $35 per person. Please RSVP by August 12, 2011 by calling the T.R.E.E. office at 504-525-9020 or email at tree@treetalk.org. Leave your name, the number of guests attending and a daytime phone number. We will call you back to confirm and with payment instructions.


K-12 OPPORTUNITIES

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) is now scheduling K-12 field trips for the 2011-2012 school year!
          LUMCON's primary facilities are located at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, approximately 85 miles southwest of New Orleans. This location, situated within the estuarine wetland complex of the Mississippi River delta plain between the Atchafalaya and Mississippi Rivers, provides ready access to the most productive estuaries in the United States, to a variety of coastal environments, and to the open Gulf of Mexico. This unique location provides excellent opportunities for students to learn through first-hand meaningful experiences about Louisiana’s coastal environments.
          LUMCON’s K-12 program staff members specialize in working groups from the pre-K through 12th grade level. All activities and experiences can be modified to match the needs and interests of any group. Popular activities include: brackish water pond sampling, Bayouside Classroom water quality sampling, salt marsh canoeing (must be 12 years or older; limit 20), plankton laboratory, fish or invertebrate anatomy laboratory, educational cruises of bay and salt marsh environments (must be 12 years or older; limit 25), guided tours of the marine center
          To request field trip dates or to obtain more detailed information about group activities contact Murt Conover, Marine Education Associate; (985) 851-2860 or mconover@lumcon.edu. Hurry, available dates fill up fast! Dates are limited.


4-H Youth Energy Program (YEP)
          The 4-H Youth Energy Program (YEP) is a statewide school enrichment program designed to educate youth on the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy. The program focuses on ninth grade students but includes all of high school and middle school youth in experiential learning activities and projects that will work to encourage and challenge youth. As part of the program, energy-related curriculum guides and hands-on activity kits have been developed and will be housed in each parish 4-H extension office throughout the state.
Each kit includes equipment for conducting class experiments that cover many topics, including: General energy lessons, Solar energy, Wind energy, Hydropower, Fossil fuels, and Biomass. 
          Educators are required to attend a training that takes them through the basics of the kit and introduces program lessons that are tied to Louisiana GLE’s and can be easily utilized in their classrooms. All educators that participate in the program will have access to the activity kits and will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the training. The following training dates are currently scheduled: August 27, 2011 - Baton Rouge, September 24, 2011 - New Orleans, September 24, 2011 - Lafayette, and October 29, 2011 - Monroe. To register visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/directory?q=Youth+Energy+&loc=Louisiana&page=1. Additional training dates will be scheduled in Alexandria and Lake Charles this fall and can be found online at www.lsuagcenter.com/yep.  Interested teachers can contact Caleb Persick at cpersick@agcenter.lsu.edu or by phone at 225-578-2196 for additional information.


LAGNIAPPE

Wasting Water is Weird
          WaterSense partners Kohler and Lowes have launched a new public service campaign called Wasting Water is Weird. The campaign features tips from the WaterSense program and links to the website for additional water-saving information. It’s a positive, humorous message delivered by Rip the Drip, who shows up just when using water becomes wasting water and that’s when things get weird. You can like Rip the Drip on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @RipTheDrip or visit www.wastingwaterisweird.com.
EPA Launches Revamped Sustainable Water Infrastructure Web Pages
          With the release of the Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy last fall, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took the next step in our efforts to work with the water sector as it moves towards more sustainable practices. This week, the Agency has launched an enhanced set of web pages to provide information and resources for meeting the water infrastructure challenges faced in communities across the country. The pages provide information, resources, and materials designed to meet the needs of local officials committed to leaving a legacy of sustainable water infrastructure. It provides information that every local official should know about their community’s water infrastructure and offers concrete, achievable steps that local officials can take to put their community on a more sustainable path or enhance existing efforts to address their water infrastructure needs. 
To review EPA’s revamped sustainable infrastructure web pages, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/index.cfm
To view the local officials’ section, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/sustain/localofficials.cfm


Volunteers Needed: Elmer’s Island Summer Beach Sweep – August 18th 8am -1pm
Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico. The area includes a tidal zone, natural and restored dunes, and an expanse of open area leading to the Back Bay. There are no buildings or facilities on the island, and any visitors are required to carry out everything they bring onto the property. It will be extremely hot and there will be limited shade. Elmer’s Island is remote; the Back Bay area is very wet and muddy. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, and a smile! Lunch, water, and gloves will be provided. For more information please contact Julia Lightner, at jlightner@wlf.la.gov or 504-913-7849.