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Job Creation and Innovation the Focus of New Grant Fund for WV Community Development Orgs

 Job Creation and Innovation the Focus of New Grant Fund for WV Community Development Orgs

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Under new leadership at the West Virginia Department of Commerce, the West Virginia Development Office has announced a new grant making program for West Virginia nonprofits, revolving loan funds and CDFIs (community development financial institutions).

This program, called the West Virginia Community Advancement and Development Partnership Fund, is targeted towards economic and community development initiatives and projects that foster innovation, job creation and economic improvement for West Virginia communities.


There is no minimum or maximum for grant proposals, though the general range seems to be between $50,000 – $100,000.


Initiatives can include both non-construction and construction costs, but cannot include general operating costs and lobbying/advocacy costs, among other things.

Applications are sought from a range of stakeholders, particularly projects that can show direct job creation through economic development activities. Proposals are being sought from all geographic areas of the state.

Projects can include activities that:

  • Enhance the commercial and industrial diversification of local and regional economies;
  • Increase access to broadband;
  • Attract and enhance sources of job-creating capital and investment (public and private);
  • Support the development of community centers that provide essential community services;
  • Increase workforce training opportunities for displaced workers;
  • Foster the development of arts, culture, and recreation as economic engines;
  • Provide entrepreneurship development and training;
  • Provide analysis, assessment and planning activities that directly support economic development.

There is no minimum or maximum for grant proposals, though the general range seems to be between $50,000 – $100,000.

Applications are due April 14.
More information on the fund and the grant application documents are available here.

Through this program, our development office and the new leadership in the commerce department is demonstrating their commitment to investing in West Virginia communities in order to grow local economies.



The Hub won’t be submitting a proposal. Our interest is in you.


We know that innovation and economic development are being led from the ground-up in many local communities. Through this partnership fund, the development office is creating a mechanism to support and grow those initiatives and the local leadership that is leading community economic development across our state.

We are excited to see what type of projects receive support through this new grant program.

The Hub won’t be submitting a proposal. Our interest is in you.

We are available to help provide support to anyone interested in learning more about the new program and submitting a proposal. As a community development network convener, we are committed to helping push forward high quality proposals from across the state.

If you’re interested, get in touch. We can help.

AGO Funds Available


Note: Funds are VERY limited.


Additional Grant Opportunity  

March 13, 2017 


WVDEP’s Watershed Improvement Branch (WIB) is issuing an announcement of additional grant opportunities (AGOs) through our §319-Program. The proposal can be one or two years in length, and its focus must be on nonpoint source issues.  WIB will only consider requests that range from $2,000 - $15,000.  The total amount of funding available is estimated at $55,000.


In order to qualify you must submit your letter of inquiry/initial proposal (LOI) using our online form. Carefully read all guidance before submitting your initial proposal.  


The project submittals will be reviewed by the Basin Coordinator’s and others within WIB. We will ask for formal proposals from those that best fit the goals and objectives of our Management Plan. If your proposal is chosen you will be notified by email. Formal project proposals (workplans) are required within 30 days of notification.  


The deadline for initial proposals is April 7, 2017. 


Timothy Craddock, Coordinator 

Nonpoint Source Program

WV American Water Environmental Grant Program

 WV American Water (WVAW) Environmental Grant Program

 WVAM will provides up to $10,000 in funding for activities and outcomes that address watershed or source water protection needs in the local community within WVAW service areas.  Projects must be completed between May and November 2017. Applications must include the following:

 1)       Grant cover page

2)       Brief project description: Issues/need the project will address; objectives; evaluation measures; sustainability.

3)       Budget summary

 For more information visit the website below.  There you will find general information, the 2017 program brochure and a grant application form.  The application deadline is March 27, 2017.



EPA Accepting Proposals for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants

EPA Accepting Proposals for Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants

Contact Information: 
Ashley Murdie (murdie.ashley@epa.gov)

Environmental News


EPA seal(Lenexa, Kan., Jan. 4, 2017) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking grant applicants interested in advancing environmental justice by developing job training programs that will provide residents living in areas affected by brownfields and other environmental contaminants with the skills needed to secure full-time, sustainable employment in the environmental field.

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training (EWDJT) grants are provided to eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, to develop programs that train unemployed and under-employed residents of communities impacted by a variety of waste facilities, blighted properties, contaminated sites, and other environmental issues for environmental jobs that contractors may otherwise fill from outside the affected community.

Trainees gain experience for jobs related to cleanup activities including the management, assessment, cleanup, and revitalization of solid and hazardous waste sites, as well as other environmental projects within their community, such as water quality improvement, chemical risk management, and pesticide management efforts.

Funding for each grant recipient may include up to $200,000 over a 3-year period. Applicants must submit proposals electronically through www.grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 24, 2017.

To date, EPA has funded 274 job training grants totaling over $57 million through the job training program. As of November 2016, over 15,300 individuals have completed training, and approximately 11,200 of those graduates obtained employment in the environmental field, earning an average of over $14 an hour as their starting hourly wage. This equates to a cumulative placement rate of approximately 73 percent since the program was created in 1998.

Webinars to Assist in Preparing Proposals

To assist applicants with their proposals, EPA will hold two informational webinars for prospective grant applicants. The content of each webinar will be the same. The first webinar will be held on Jan. 10, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. CST, and the second webinar will be held on Jan. 12, 2017, at 1 p.m. CST. To access the webinars live, visit http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/fy17ewdjt/ during the scheduled dates and times. Recordings of both webinars will also be posted to the EPA Brownfields website.

Guidelines and Resources

For information regarding grant guidelines, eligibility, how to apply and additional resources that include checklists, frequently asked questions, and tip sheets, visit EPA’s website.

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Learn more about EPA’s Brownfields Program

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Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications for Spring 2017

 Carla Hardy WV Project CommuniTree Applications available

 Carla Hardy West Virginia Project CommuniTree (CTree) promotes tree planting and education on public land through volunteerism in the Potomac Headwaters of West Virginia (Berkeley, Grant, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, Mineral, Morgan, & Pendleton counties).  The program also focuses on enhancing and promoting awareness of watershed and riparian area needs such as storm water management, water quality issues, buffer zone planting, and soil erosion. The project is entirely volunteer based and engages stakeholders in the process of making priority decisions within their respective communities and offers a strong educational message along with a physical planting component. CommuniTree is a program of the WV Conservation Agency and the WV Potomac Tributary Team that is engaged in on-the-ground actions throughout the Potomac headwaters.

 CTree and its partners invite organizations and agencies to apply for CTree kits to organize, coordinate, and implement urban tree plantings through a competitive grant process.  Twice annually groups can apply for CTree Kits for spring and fall plantings.  CTree Kits include:


Trees in a variety of species and stock sizes for Shade, Reforestation, etc.   


Tree tubes or cages to protect from deer; and   


Mulch to foster good root growth

 Successful CTree applicants will receive technical assistance from CTree partners and the WV Division of Forestry.  Any interested group that is dedicated to increasing urban canopy cover in the Potomac Basin is eligible to apply (with or without prior experience planting trees).  Follow this link to see a map of priority planting sites.

 CTree is designed so any volunteer group or public entities, regardless of experience, can apply for help from CTree and the WV Division of Forestry.  We want your group to apply and join the growing number of volunteers who are making their communities more beautiful and health by planting trees.  CTree applications include: 


Cover Letter: General information about your group, including group name & address, project leader & location, etc.


Proposal: More in depth information about their organization (structure, number of members, past tree planting experience), details on the proposed project including description of need, objectives, and an explanation of how the project will be evaluated.


Site Checklist: Checklist for evaluating a proposed planting site including hydrology, topography, current vegetation, and potential conflicts with underground or overhead utilities.


Tree Maintenance Form: Groups must outline a multi-year plan to maintain the health of the trees through proper watering, mulching, and care.

 Application MaterialsYou prepare your application using a writeable PDF with an email button.  You will need to have Adobe Reader software on your computer to use the PDF form; if you don't already have it, download Adobe Reader for free.  




Applications for fall plantings are due by July 1


Applications for spring plantings are due February 1.

 Useful Resources for grantees:


       CTree Kits (113 KB, PDF)


       Volunteer Contribution and Material Donation Example  (38KB, PDF)


       Frequently Asked Questions 

 It is the law, call before you dig!  (CTree representatives will help successful applicants with contacting “Miss Utility” to have the planting site inspected.  Background information on Miss Utility.)

West Virginia Water Research Institute RFP Announcement


FY17 WVWRI & USGS 104b

RFP Background

The West Virginia Water Research Institute is requesting proposals for research expected to be funded March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018. The U.S. Geological Survey will sponsor the research. Faculty from all West Virginia colleges and universities are encouraged to submit proposals. It is expected that up to 4 projects will be funded at $10,000 each. The closing date is December 21, 2016.

Proposals are invited that enhance the Environmental STEM Research Program at the Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel Reserve in Mount Hope, West Virginia. Successful applicants will develop aspects of the proposed research into a curriculum that will be taught to Boy Scouts of varying ages, typically 12-20 years of age. Proposed research and activities should complement the current Environmental STEM Research Program at the BSA Bechtel Summit and fit into the framework already established. Research areas already established in the program include Ecohydrology, Wetland Ecology and Phenology.

Research topics of primary interest include stream recovery from mining operations and indicators of long term climatic trends.

Proposal Due Date:

5:00 PM, Eastern Time, Dec. 21, 2016


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applicants are faculty members or affiliates at institutions of higher education in the State of West Virginia.
Ineligible applicants are the following:

  1. Applications for research on health effects involving human subjects.
  2. Applications for research involving oceanography (estuarine research applications are acceptable).
  3. Applications submitted by principal investigator(s) that have not met reporting requirements on a previous award by the USGS.

2017 Community Forest Program RFP - Acquisition Funding + Special GLRI Funding - Due Jan. 13, 2017

 2017 Community Forest Program RFP - Acquisition Funding + special GLRI funding - Due Jan 13, 2017

 Note this is a National RFP.

All applications are due on January 13, 2017. Applications for eligible nonprofit and local government applicants are submitted to the State Forester. Tribal applicants submit the application to the appropriate Tribal government official. All applicants must also send an email to communityforest@fs.fed.us to confirm an application has been submitted for funding consideration. Applications may be submitted either electronic or hardcopy to the appropriate official.

All State Foresters and Tribal government officials must forward applications to the Forest Service by February 17, 2017. A list of the Forest Service contacts is in the Request for Applications notice published in the Federal Register.

 Maximum Grant Amount

Individual grant applications may not exceed $400,000. Only one applicant per entity allowed.

The President’s Budget Request for the CFP for FY2017 was $2,000,000

 Eligible Applicants

A local governmental entity, Indian Tribe (including Alaska Native Corporations), or a qualified nonprofit organization that is qualified to acquire and manage land (see § 230.2 of the final rule). Individuals are not eligible to receive funds through the CFP.

 Cost Share (Matching Requirement)

All applicants must demonstrate a 50 percent match of the total project cost. The match can include cash, in-kind services, or donations, which shall be from a non-Federal source. For additional information, please see §230.6 of the CFP final rule.

The Nature Conservancy K-12 Grant Opportunities


We are awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

A $2,000 grant will be awarded to 55 schools across the United States. At least 5 gra...nts will be awarded specifically for projects in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. See the detailed description linked on this page for full requirements, guidelines, and important dates. A sample application and letters of commitment are also available.

Applications must be submitted online by 5 PM ET October 31, 2016. Begin with the Start Application button on this page. Note: use this button only once; after starting your application, use the Edit Application button to return to it.

Chesapeake Bay Trust K-12 Environmental Education Mini Grants

 The Chesapeake Bay Trust is awarding up to $5,000 in funding for organizations that hold meaningful outdoor learning experiences.


Additional Grant Opportunity

 Additional Grant Opportunity

WVDEP's Watershed Improvement Branch (WIB) is issuing an announcement of additional grant opportunities (AGOs) through the Nonpoint Source Program. We will consider one-two year proposals that focus on nonpoint source (NPS) issues. The amount of funding available is approximately $150,000. In order to qualify you must submit your initial proposal idea (letter of inquiry) using our online form. Carefully read all instructions / guidelines before submitting your initial proposal.

Please see attachment for additional information.

Attachments: 9622_AGOAnouncement2016.pdf
EPA Water Innovation Research Participation Opportunity

 Research Project Description

EPA – Water Innovation Research Participation Opportunity
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA Water 2016-376

Project Description:


A research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water. This internship will be served with the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW) in the Assessment, Watershed and Protection Division (AWPD) in Washington, DC.

The participant will be involved in research on one or more of the following areas:  water sensitive urban design/development and redevelopment, green infrastructure, low impact development (LID), storm water management, integrated water resource management, rainwater harvesting, real time control systems, life-cycle analyses of green infrastructure systems and practices, storm water policies including codes and ordinances, incentives, public private partnerships, best practice operation and maintenance , program evaluation and monitoring, economic analyses of storm water programs, the nexus between energy and water, climate change and infrastructure resiliency,  flood damage mitigation via the use of green infrastructure, and aquifer recharge benefits through the use of green infrastructure. The research can be focused on policy, technical issues or some combination of these two areas. Specific topics that also pertain to this research include: urban forestry, smart growth, community livability, and green transportation systems and benefits analyses. The project may involve travel to examine and collect existing data from state and local governments and other entities conducting research. The participant will develop a research product that will help her/him further her/his career. This product will be either technical, analytical or policy oriented and will represent a new perspective on water resources management; the project is intended to help open career doors to the participant. 

Through the ORISE experience, the participant will learn:

  • How EPA functions, how EPA partners with local, state, and federal governments local and NGOs
  • How to prepare technical, policy and programmatic resources to further EPA’s mission
  • Best management practice/system performance
  • How to analyze, evaluate and develop performance metrics relating to water resource management
  • How to refine existing skills needed to develop and communicate policy and scientific issues to decision makers and the general public
  • Skills in interacting, communicating and partnering with the scientific/engineering/land use planning/water resource management community to protect and restore water resources

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.




Applicants must have received a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one or more of the following disciplines: public policy, engineering, landscape architecture, urban planning, hydrology, geology, water resources management, environmental/natural resource management, science, e.g., soils, forestry, agronomy and/or environmental economics, or a closely related field within five years of the desired starting date, or complete all degree requirements prior to the starting date.   

The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The annual stipend range will be from $43,057 to $76,378 commensurate with the level of education. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

The mentor for this project is Robert Goo (goo.robert@epa.gov).


How to Apply:


A complete application consists of:

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

If you have questions, send an email to EPArpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant


Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant

EPA Announces $3.75 Million Grant to Support Local Projects to Protect and Sustain Healthy Watersheds

EPA is awarding a grant of $3.75 million over six years to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, Inc. (Endowment) to support partner organizations and their local actions to improve and accelerate their efforts to protect healthy freshwater ecosystems and watersheds across the country. The Endowment will award funding to projects that develop and/or support state, interstate and tribal healthy watersheds programs. It’s expected that the Endowment will release a Request for Proposals (RFP) in late 2015.

In addition to providing funding for projects, the Endowment will use this program to enhance collaboration among the many groups who benefit from protecting healthy watersheds such as drinking water utilities, hunters and fisherman, foresters and farmers, and others. The Endowment is also matching a portion of EPA’s financial commitment to the partnership and expects to leverage additional funding from other public and private sources.

The Endowment, headquartered in Greenville, SC, is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2006 at the request of the governments of the U.S. and Canada in accordance with the terms of the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the two countries. It has been endowed with $200 million under the terms of that Agreement. The Endowment was chosen because of its strong relationships with the environmental and land conservation communities and proven track record working with stormwater and drinking water groups to elevate the importance of watershed protection. 

Healthy watersheds protection is defined broadly as actions that conserve, enhance, or improve aquatic ecosystems and support natural landscape and watershed processes such as hydrology in largely healthy watersheds. Protecting healthy watersheds maintains the resilience of aquatic ecosystems to climate change. Intact natural systems are more resilient because base flows are preserved during periods of drought, impacts of floods are mitigated through storage of surface and ground water in floodplains and wetlands, riparian corridors allow for species migration and carbon is sequestered in the natural land cover. This larger scale systems approach is becoming increasingly important to counter the challenges of climate change and the need to retain the resilience of aquatic ecosystems. 

Read more at the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities website. Please note that the most up-to-date information about the program will be found on the Endowment’s website in the future.

EPA's Urban Waters Small Grants Program Request for Proposals is OPEN!

 EPA’s Urban Waters Small Grants Program Request for Proposals is OPEN!

 Under this announcement, EPA is soliciting proposals from eligible applicants for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. Note that proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas, as illustrated on the interactive map provided on the Urban Waters Small Grants mapping website at epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants-mapping. For information on submitting a proposal:  epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants


A New Government-Wide Program to Assist Communities Affected by Changes in the Coal Industry...

 Senior Administration Officials and KY Governor Steve Beshear Announce the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative

New Government-Wide Program Will Assist Communities Affected by Changes in the Coal Industry and Power Sector

LEXINGTON – U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Jay Williams joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Jerry Abramson, Senior Advisor to the President Brian Deese, and Lillian Salerno, Administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service, in Lexington, Kentucky today to announce the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) initiative. The Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will lead the POWER initiative, which is a coordinated effort among multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Labor, using already appropriated funds to make a down payment on the POWER+ Plan, a suite of proposals in the President’s FY 2016 Budget that invests in coal communities, workers, and technology. The goal of the POWER initiative is to effectively align, leverage and target a range of federal economic and workforce development programs and resources to assist communities negatively impacted by changes in the coal industry and power sector.

“The Obama Administration is committed to supporting our workers and communities as they face challenges related to a changing energy landscape in this country,” said Assistant Secretary Williams. “EDA is proud to be leading the POWER initiative and we look forward to working with our federal partners to help communities diversify their economies and help workers get the skills they need to adapt to and thrive in this changing economy.”

“Solving today’s workforce challenges means bringing everyone to the same table to invest in infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, and broadband to attract new industries, but it also means strengthening our skills infrastructure to enable communities in Kentucky and around the country to strengthen the skills and talents of those who need a new opportunity,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Portia Wu. 


 “The POWER initiative is an opportunity to bring together the best efforts of federal, state, and local governments and the private and non-profits sectors to help Kentuckians build a better future for themselves, their businesses, and their families,” said Jerry Abramson, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Deputy Assistant to President Obama. 

The POWER initiative will award grants competitively on two parallel tracks to partnerships anchored in affected communities. This year roughly $28 to $38 million will be awarded, primarily using EDA and Department of Labor resources, and also using funds from the Small Business Administration and the Appalachian Regional Commission. These grants will serve as catalytic funding that will leverage and target additional investments from the private sector and other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grants will enable communities to organize themselves to respond on behalf of affected workers and businesses, develop a comprehensive strategic plan that charts their economic future, and execute coordinated economic and workforce development activities. These activities will seek to diversify economies, create jobs in new or existing industries, attract new sources of job-creating investment, and provide a range of workforce services and skills training resulting in industry-recognized credentials for high-quality, in-demand jobs.

In addition to the POWER initiative, EDA is collaborating with the National Association of Counties and the National Association of Development Organizations to support the economic diversification efforts of coal country communities through an Innovation Challenge.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (www.eda.gov)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

Attachments: 5998_POWER Initiative Fact Sheet_FINAL.pdf
Seeds for Education Grant Program


Seeds for Education Grant Program

  • Attract songbirds and butterflies to your schoolyard with wildflowers and native grasses.
  • Add opportunities for hands-on science in biology, ecology and earth science.
  • Reduce energy consumption and improve storm water management; enhance sustainability and green-school certification.

Teachers and students across the US are expanding learning opportunities by enhancing their schoolyards with nature trails, butterfly gardens, prairies, woodland wildflower preserves, and similar projects. These projects enrich the learning environment and provide aesthetic and environmental benefits.

By planning, establishing and maintaining such projects, students learn valuable life skills – including patience and teamwork. They can engage parents and the wider community in a project they can point to with pride for years to come.

We offer assistance for all aspects of such projects. Cash grants under $500 are available for plants and seeds, and in-kind donations from Nursery Partners can help stretch these dollars. We can help you locate experts and information specific to your area – anywhere in the US. In the past decade, we’ve supported over a thousand such projects, and we can use this experience to help you.

Applications for awards for next year are due October 15th.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

I have an idea or have already started a project – do I qualify for funding?
I like these ideas – how do I start a project?
I have a project started, but am having some problems – where can I get help?

Electronic Applications for SFE Awards

Applicants must submit an electronic application by October 15th of the year prior to the grant year. Notification of awards will be made by February 15th of the grant year.

Please read the cover letter and instructions (pdf) before sending the SFE Application.

Click here to download the SFE-Application (pdf). This is a PDF fill-in form that you can access through Adobe Reader.  Note: do not use the preview mode available on some browsers, please use Adobe Reader to fill-in this form.  Click to download Adobe Reader.  Here is a copy of the application in a Word file if you have problems with the Adobe form SFE Grant Application.docx.

Once your project has been judged favorably and awarded a SFE grant, you will be expected to complete a final report by February 15th of the year following the grant award.  To download a copy of the report, click here SFE Final Report.

Hearst Foundation

 Hearst Foundation

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address important issues within our major areas of interests - education, health, culture, and social service - and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. Within these areas, the Foundations generally provide endowment, program, and capital grant support. Private nonprofits with significant support from the philanthropic community are favored over those financed through government sources.

Ongoing deadline.  http://www.hearstfdn.org/fp_home.html  

The American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLAC)

 The American Family Life Insurance Company (AFLAC)

AFLAC's philanthropic efforts in the community can be seen in four areas: health, education, youth, and the arts. From contributing to the John B. Amos Cancer Center to helping underwrite the creation of a new library.  AFLAC grants range from $1,500 to $2 million.  

Ongoing deadline. http://www.aflac.com/us/en/aboutaflac/communityinvolvement.aspx

State Farm Companies Grants Program

 State Farm Companies Grants Program 

The State Farm Companies Grants Program is committed to meeting the needs of company communities in the U.S. and Canada.  Support is provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies working in the areas of safety, community development, and education The Safe Neighbors category focuses on roadway safety, protecting homes, disaster preparedness, and personal financial security.  The Strong Neighborhoods category focuses on affordable housing, homeownership, and sustainable communities.  The K-12 Public Schools category focuses on teacher quality, service learning programs, and educational reform.

Grant requests are accepted at any time.   http://www.statefarm.com/about/part_spos/grants/cogrants.as

Signing for Change (SFC) Charitable Foundation

 Singing for Change (SFC) Charitable Foundation


Singing for Change offers competitive grants to progressive, community-based, nonprofit organizations that address the root causes of social and environmental problems.  SFC areas of interest include: Children and families; The environment & Disenfranchised groups.  Grants range in size from $500 to $10,000 and are made on an annual basis.

Application Deadline:  Proposals are by invitation only.  If you think your project fits the foundation's guidelines, please submit a one-page letter of interest describing your organization and your project.  http://www.margaritaville.com/index.php?page=sfcprop

Ben & Jerry's Foundation

 Ben & Jerry's Foundation

Ben & Jerry's Foundation provides support to nonprofit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States that facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Foundation doesn't prioritize any particular issue area for funding; the focus is on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change in any number of areas. Grant applicants need to demonstrate that their projects will lead to societal, institutional, and/or environmental change; will address the root causes of social or environmental problems; and will lead to new ways of thinking and acting.

Requests are accepted throughout the year.   http://www.benjerry.com/foundation/guidelines.html  

Microsoft Software Grants

 Microsoft Software Grants 

All nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that hold charitable status are eligible to participate in this program.  Eligible organizations operate on a not-for-profit basis and have a mission to benefit the local community that could include, but is not limited to, the following.
? Providing relief to the poor
? Advancing education
? Improving social welfare
? Preserving culture
? Preserving or restoring the environment

Deadline:  Ongoing http://www.microsoft.com/About/CorporateCitizenship/CommunityInvestment/NGO/en/us/softwareGrants.mspx

ING Foundation

 ING Foundation

The ING Foundation is the charitable giving arm of ING in the Americas.  The Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations addressing a variety of community needs and resources.  ING focuses on three primary areas:  financial literacy; education for youth; and diversity.  The ING Foundation supports 501c3 non-profit organizations providing unique programming and/or community, outreach initiatives directed toward our primary areas of focus; broad, strategic partnership opportunities that leverage our commitment to empowerment and focus on improving the lives of individuals in underserved communities across the country; and smaller, local programs and initiatives in key markets where their employees and customers live and work and where they have a large corporate presence.

Ongoing deadline.

JPMorgan Chase

 JPMorgan Chase

In the past, JPMorgan Chase has given more than $100 million through grants and sponsorships to thousands of not-for-profit organizations around the world. The company's three areas of interest are: community development -- encourage, sustain, and develop economic self-reliance; education -- give young people the educational opportunities to help them succeed in life; and arts and culture -- enrich communities with sponsorships and events that foster creativity and self-expression. The grant-application process begins with the submission of a simple-to-use online questionnaire.

Deadline: Ongoing. http://www.jpmorganchase.com/cm/cs?pagename=Chase/Href&urlname=jpmc/community/grants

Chesapeake Energy


Chesapeake supports charitable organizations and programs that focus on:

·      Community Development

·      Education

·      Health and Medical

·      Social Services

Entities Chesapeake supports within our operating areas are:

·      U.S.-based IRS 501(c)(3) certified nonprofit organizations

·      Accredited educational institutions

·      Community event sponsorships

The Dominion Foundation


Dominion Foundation grants are limited to organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Additional grants occasionally may be made directly from the corporation to sponsor special events that benefit a non-profit organization. Grants are made in four focus areas.

WV Sustainable Schools Awards and Grant Program application process

WV Sustainable Schools Awards and Grant Program

The WV Sustainable Schools (WVSS) application process is now open. In its fourth year, WVSS will again recognize schools that offer sustainability education to boost academic achievement and community engagement; save energy and reduce costs in their facilities; and protect health and foster wellness for students and staff. The application to become a WV Sustainable School is available at https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/application.html. WVSS has been developed under the framework of the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon Schools program (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html). To be nominated as a U.S. Green Ribbon School, WV schools must first apply to the WV Sustainable Schools program. All public and private schools are invited to apply--the application deadline is January 6. For more information about the state and federal programs, or to access the intent to apply form, please visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/ or email sustainableschools@wvde.state.wv.us.

Additionally this year, we are offering a small grant opportunity to help schools move towards sustainability. Visit our Sustainable Steps program page at https://wvde.state.wv.us/sustainable-schools/awards-and-criteria.html.

The Captain Planet Foundation

The Captain Planet Foundation will fund as many projects as its annual resources allow

.All applicant organizations or sponsoring agencies must be exempt from federal taxation under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501, in order to be eligible for funding (this includes most schools and non-profit organizations)


September 30th- typically for spring and summer projects
January 31st- typically for fall and winter projects

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations with an annual operating budget of less than $3 million. International requests are also accepted, with preference given to international projects who have U.S.-based partners

.Grants are made for activities that conform to the mission of the Captain Planet Foundation which is: To give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities

.Grants from the Captain Planet Foundation are intended to:

•Provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth;
•Serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools;
•Have real environmental outcomes;
•Inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities

.Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. (Projects with matching funds or in-kind support are given priority because external funding is a good indicator of the potential for long-term sustainability of the activities.) Captain Planet Foundation may choose to fund a portion of the project budget that best fits within the foundation guidelines or contact an applicant for further discussion

.(Note: Please do not contact the office for information about the status of your application.)

Restrictions on Use of Funds

Captain Planet Foundation funds may not be used for:
•Capital or building campaigns, purchase of real estate, or endowments
•General operating expenses, salaries, or stipends
•Beautification or landscaping projects
•Travel costs
•Field trips that are not an essential part of the proposed project (if included, identify the purpose of the field trip above, under “project activities.”)
•Scholarships to fund attendance to summer camps or other similar facilities
•Expensive equipment that can only be used once, used only by a small number of children, or is principally being purchased for the general use of the school or organization beyond the stated needs of project.
•Promotional items such as t-shirts, flyers, postcards, or signage
- See more at: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/#sthash.JoIO7QUB.dpuf

EPA Announces $15 Million in Supplemental Funds
EPA Announces $15 Million in Supplemental Funds to Clean up and Redevelop Contaminated Brownfields Sites Across the Country 

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced approximately $15 million in supplemental funding to help clean up contaminated Brownfields properties. The Revolving Loan Funding (RLF) will help 41 communities carry out cleanup and redevelopment projects. These projects will help communities create jobs while protecting people’s health and the environment. 

“These funds – granted to communities who have already achieved success in their work to clean up and redevelop brownfields – will help boost local economies, create local jobs and protect people from harmful pollution by expediting Brownfield projects,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “The RLF supplemental recipients are some of the nation’s top performers. Collectively, these communities have already leveraged more than $2.5 billion in clean up and redevelopment investment – the RLF funding announced today will help sustain that incredible progress.”

Revolving loan funds specifically supply funding for grant recipients to provide loans and sub-grants to carry out cleanup activities at brownfield sites. When these loans are repaid, the loan amount is then returned to the fund and subgranted or re-loaned to other borrowers, providing an ongoing source of capital within a community for additional cleanup of brownfield sites. The supplemental grants range in funding from about $200,000 to $400,000 with an average grant award of $300,000.

This year’s supplemental funds will support an array of cleanup and redevelopment projects across the country. For example:

  • The City of Brea, Calif., will use its supplemental funding to clean sections of a former rail line, which will be reused as a rails-to-trails project for alternative transportation and recreation options. 
  • Cleanup of a downtown property in Great Falls, Mont., will allow Easter Seals Good Will to move forward with a $2.5 million redevelopment, which will create numerous construction and permanent jobs. 
  • A loan from the Indiana Finance Authority will go toward cleanup of the former Carpenter Manufacturing site, which will be redeveloped into a business park redevelopment creating approximately 100 jobs. 
  • The Land-of-Sky Regional Council will use the additional funding for cleanup at the former Chatham Mill in Salem, N.C. Once cleaned, developers plan to rehabilitate the 300,000 square foot structure into approximately 150 multifamily rental units.
  • In Nassau County, N.Y., funds will be used to address the last un-remediated parcel of Glen Cove’s 52 acre waterfront redevelopment area. 

There are an estimated 450,000 abandoned and contaminated sites in the United States. EPA’s Brownfields program targets these sites to encourage redevelopment, and help to provide the opportunity for productive community use of contaminated properties. EPA’s Brownfields investments overall have leveraged more than $20 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding from public and private sources and on average, $17.79 is leveraged for every EPA Brownfields grant dollar spent.

The funds have enabled the support of 90,000 jobs in cleanup, construction and redevelopment.

More information on EPA’s Brownfields program: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/

More information on Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund grants: http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/rlflst.htm

Cathy Milbourn

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EPA Awarding $2.7 Million to Revitalize Urban Waters
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced it is awarding $2.7 million to 46 organizations in 32 states and Puerto Rico to help restore urban waters, support community revitalization and protect Americans’ health. Nancy Stoner made the announcement today in Atlanta and awarded a grant to the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper organization. The group will use the funds to expand its Water Watch program to improve water quality and human health in local metro Atlanta neighborhoods.

EPA’s Urban Waters program funding supports communities’ efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Urban waters include canals, rivers, lakes, wetlands, aquifers, estuaries, bays and oceans in urbanized areas. The grants range from $30,000 to $60,000 for projects across the country,
including in a number of underserved communities. Recipients will promote the restoration of urban waters through community engagement and outreach, water quality monitoring and studies, and environmental education and training. To view a list of the projects that will be funded, visit http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/funding

Many urban waterways have been polluted for years by sewage, runoff from city streets and contamination from abandoned industrial facilities. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, economic, recreational, employment and social opportunities in nearby communities. By promoting public access to urban waterways, EPA will help communities become active participants in restoring urban waters while improving and protecting their neighborhoods.

EPA’s Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 12 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways by improving coordination among federal agencies and collaborating with community
-led revitalization efforts.

The Urban Waters Federal Partnership closely aligns with and advances the work of the White House’s place
-based efforts, including the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, to revitalize communities, create jobs and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the nation. The Urban Waters Federal Partnership also advances the work of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative.

Information on EPA’s Urban Waters program:

Information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership:

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the communities where Lowe's operates stores and distribution centers throughout the United States. Community Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 are provided for community improvement initiatives and K-12 public education projects. Funding priorities for community improvement initiatives include park, neighborhood, and community facility enhancements; outdoor learning programs; and community clean-ups. Funding priorities for public education projects include construction-related education initiatives; playground enhancements; clean-up, landscaping, and painting projects; and minor repair of public school buildings. Requests may be submitted at any time. Visit the company’s website to take the eligibility test and submit an online application.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Local Grants
Bank of America Charitable Foundation: Local Grants
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that address pressing social, economic, and cultural needs in the communities the bank serves throughout the United States. While the priorities of specific company communities drive how funding is used, Local Grants typically fall into the following four generic categories: Community Development/Neighborhood Preservation, Education and Youth Development, Health and Human Services, and Arts and Culture. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Visit the bank’s website to access the online application information.

Ford Foundation

Ford Foundation
The mission of the Ford Foundation is to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations worldwide that address the following social justice issues: Educational Opportunity and Scholarships, Democratic and Accountable Government, Economic Fairness, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights, Sustainable Development, Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights, Metropolitan Opportunity, and Social Justice Philanthropy. When assessing grant applications, the Foundation looks for long-term strategies, knowing that lasting social change requires decades of effort. Nonprofit organizations and international NGOs may submit online grant inquiries at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to learn more about the specific initiatives listed under each of the issues as well as grant application information.




The Foundation has adopted four areas of focus: Education, Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Sustainability. While the Walmart Foundation encourages funding requests that align with its four areas of focus - programs that do not align with the four areas of focus will also be given full consideration.


Environmental Sustainability
Includes a program or initiative that assists in the development or expansion of environmentally sustainable communities. Examples include energy auditing education programs, green job training and retrofitting/green building initiatives. More details.

Lawrence Foundation

Lawrence Foundation


The Lawrence Foundation is focused on making grants to support environmental, education, human services and other causes although their interests are fairly diverse and may lead them into other areas. They make both program and operating grants and do not have any geographic restrictions on their grants. Nonprofit organizations that qualify for public charity status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or public schools and libraries are eligible for contributions or grants. Full details.

ARC Announces Fourth Round of Grant Competition for Community Energy Projects

ARC Announces Fourth Round of Grant Competition for Community Energy Projects: Planning and Implementation


The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) announced the fourth round of a grant competition this week to assist Appalachian communities in leveraging renewable-energy and energy-efficiency resources to revitalize their economies. ARC expects to provide eight to ten awards of up to $75,000 each, for a total of $545,000 in awards, to successful applicants. More details.
Grants for School and Youth Gardens

Grants for School and Youth Gardens


Educators and youth leaders have always provided National Gardening Association with meaningful and inspiring anecdotal accounts of how gardening boosts kids' interest in school and learning, improves their attitudes about eating healthful foods and caring for the environment, helps them develop social skills and self-esteem, and gives them a feeling of community spirit. NGA now captures quantitative data to back up these moving and powerful stories. Description here.
EPA'S Watershed Funding Tools Page

Watershed Funding


Committed watershed organizations and state and local governments need adequate resources to achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act and improve our nation's water quality. To support these efforts, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has created this Web site to provide tools, databases, and information about sources of funding to practitioners and funders that serve to protect watersheds.



New Tools:

Plan2Fund 3.0

Plan2Fund Objective Prioritization Tool


“Developing a Sustainable Finance Plan” Module

Moving Beyond Grants: Financing Watershed Protection


Resources for Nonprofit Organizations Requests for Proposals
Resources for State and Local Governments Federal Funding Programs
Resources for Funders Funding Databases
Sustainable Finance Tools Sustainable Finance Training

Alternate Foundations and Funding Sources

Alternate Foundations and Funding Sources

  •  The Environmental Grantmakers Association ( www.ega.org ) a project of the Rockefeller Family Fund and an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, helps its 250 member organizations become more effective environmental grantmakers through information sharing, collaboration and networking.
  • The Foundation Center ( www.foundationcenter.org) is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust.
  • The Grantsmanship Center ( www.tgci.com ) offers grantsmanship training to nonprofit and government agencies. Numerous resources for grantseekers available at no cost on the website, the center include daily grant announcements from the Federal Register and indexes of funding sources.


  • Since 1990, the Institute for Conservation Leadership ( www.icl.org ) has worked to strengthen leaders, organizations, networks and coalitions that protect our Earth.  ICL offers public programs, custom-designed services, publications and tools to help groups more effectively accomplish their missions.  

  • The National Network of Grantmakers (www.nng.org) is an organization of individuals involved in funding social and economic justice. NNG works primarily within organized philanthropy.
  • Training Resources for the Environmental Community -- TREC’s ( http://trec.org/ ) mission is to catalyze the habitat conservation and wilderness protection community in Western North America. Activists helping activists with the business of activism, TREC offers coaching, consulting and training services focused on leadership development, capacity-building and leveraging resources to organizations dedicated to habitat conservation and wilderness protection in Western North America.

Investments in the Future of Rural America
Investments in the Future of Rural America

CHS Foundation
The CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture, and cooperative business through education and leadership development. The Foundation supports national efforts related to its mission as well as programs within the CHS trade territory for regional, multi-state, or statewide projects.

This program area is primarily targeted at building leadership capacity in rural America through adult education and leadership initiatives. However, the CHS Foundation is open to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. The CHS Foundation may accept and fund proposals to support these projects.

All applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Please read the FAQ page before applying.

More here…

Onsite Systems Loan Program ~ A Solution to Pollution from Septic Systems

Onsite Systems Loan Program

A solution to pollution from septic systems

The EPA has been encouraging the States to expand their funding efforts into what is known as Non-Point Source projects.  As part of that plan, the DEP has been looking into various water quality issues to see if funding them would be feasible.

The Onsite Systems Loan Program was created in a joint effort between the West Virginia Housing Development Fund (WVHDF) and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and allows each homeowner a maximum low interest loan of $10,000,

Partnering with the Housing Development Fund allows this program to help every rural neighborhood in the state. We're very excited to get this going."

Under the Onsite Systems Loan Program, there are no income or property value limits.

The program helps homeowners repair malfunctioning septic systems, assists in the financing of connections to newly constructed sewer systems, and install septic systems for existing homes.  The latter will significantly decrease the number of straight pipes into West Virginia rivers and streams.

To begin the process, homeowners can contact the West Virginia Housing Development Fund at 1-800-933-9843 or through its website www.wvhdf.comto obtain an application.  A credit review will be performed and a determination of eligibility will be made.  This is a loan program and funds will have to be repaid but at minimal, if any, interest. 

We are looking forward to a most successful program.


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