Farm to School Grant Program

The purpose of the USDA Farm to School Grant Program is to assist eligible entities in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. On an annual basis, USDA awards up to $5 million in competitive grants for training, supporting operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 tasked USDA with supporting farm to school efforts through grants, training, technical assistance, and research. For FY 2018, we offer the following grants:

  • Implementation grants are intended to help schools, school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts to scale or further develop existing farm to school initiatives. Implementation awards range from $50,000 – $100,000.
  • Planning grants are for schools or school districts, state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities working with schools or school districts that are just getting started on farm to school activities. These funds are intended to help these entities organize and structure their efforts for maximum impact by embedding known best practices into early design considerations. Planning awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.
  • Training grants are intended for state and local agencies, Indian tribal organizations, small- and medium-sized agricultural producers or groups of small- and medium-sized agricultural producers, and non-profit entities to support trainings that strengthen farm to school supply chains, or trainings that provide technical assistance in the area of local procurement, food safety, culinary education, and/or integration of agriculture‐based curriculum. Training awards range from $20,000 – $50,000.

RFP: 2018 California Statewide Waste Characterization Study

Download the request for proposals.

The purpose of this Contract is for CalRecycle to acquire services that include two parts:

  1. A comprehensive disposal facility-based statewide waste characterization study to gather accurate, representative data on the disposed waste stream, and
  2. A generator-based study of food waste disposed by certain business types.

The results of the studies will be used to identify the types and amounts of materials disposed by California residents and businesses so that appropriate policies, strategies and programs can be selected to reduce their disposal. This will allow California to effectively strive toward the statutory mandates of 75 percent statewide recycling and the organics reductions required by SB 1383 (Lara, Chapter 395, Statutes of 2016) while conserving resources and minimizing the environmental, climate, and public health impacts associated with disposal.

EPA Announces Availability of $1.2 Million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $1.2 million for Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreements. These funds will be distributed to 10 community-based organizations that work to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Each recipient will receive up to $120,000 for two-year projects that create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in America’s low income and minority communities.

The community-based organizations should use EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS model to execute a wide array of project plans aligned with EPA’s priorities to protect human health and the environment by providing Americans with clean air, land, and water.

To increase outreach to underserved communities, this opportunity will place special emphasis on high ranking proposals to be performed in rural areas as defined by the program. Rural areas, for the purposes of this competition, are defined as local areas with small, low-income, rural, and/or tribal communities with populations of 50,000 or less that have limited access to public or private resources commonly found in metropolitan areas. The goal of this emphasis is to encourage and increase project performance in geographical locations not often associated with the EJCPS program. Please note: all eligible organizations are still encouraged to apply until February 16, 2018.

For more information about EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program, visit https://www.epa.gov/environmental-justice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-0

For a full description of the 2016 Environmental Justice CPS Cooperative Agreement projects, visit
https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-2

Fiscal Year 2018 Environmental Literacy Grants (ELG)

The NOAA Office of Education has issued a competitive funding opportunity for projects designed to support the education of the public and/or K-12 students so they are knowledgeable of the ways in which their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards, and become involved in achieving that resilience. Successful projects will relate to NOAA’s mission and build the environmental literacy necessary for community resilience to the weather and other environmental hazards that are associated with a community’s location. Eligible applicants are limited to institutions of higher education; K-12 public and independent schools and school systems, other nonprofits, including informal education institutions such as museums, zoos, and aquariums; state and local government agencies; and Indian tribal governments in the United States. Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have total budget requests of $250,000 to $500,000 for all years of the project. Please note that we do not anticipate issuing a solicitation for applications next year. Rather, applications from the 2018 competition that do not receive funding in fiscal year 2018 may be held over for possible funding from fiscal year 2019 funds.

The deadline for pre-applications to this funding opportunity is 11:59 pm EST on December 19, 2017. The deadline for full applications is 11:59 pm EDT on April 6, 2018. More information available at http://www.noaa.gov/office-education/elp/grants/apply

 

O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism

The O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism is accepting applications for its 2017-18 class of O’Brien Fellows. The deadline to apply is Jan. 26, 2018.

Environmental reporters around the country have made great use of the yearlong O’Brien Fellowship, examining Arizona’s water woesthreats to the Great LakesChina’s carbon emissions, the dangers of diacetyl and climate change.

This is a reporting fellowship. If you are looking for a sabbatical, this is not the program for you. O’Brien Fellows will return to their newsrooms after an academic year with a world-class project and a paid Marquette student intern for summer immediately following the fellowship. Once selected each fellow must agree to:

  • Spend the academic year working out of an office in the Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Engage with Marquette students and faculty in the pursuit of his/her fellowship project.
  • Participate in a conference spotlighting the work of the fellowship project – an event the college will produce and host after the fellowship period.

Applicants must have at least five years professional experience and produce journalism regularly as an employee or freelancer. Applicants may work as journalists for news or editorial departments of newspaper, wire services, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest. There are no academic prerequisites.

Applications from international journalists are welcome, but they must meet the same qualifications as journalists based in the United States. However, due to the competiveness of the O’Brien Fellowship award, international applicants must demonstrate extensive experience reporting and telling stories from countries other than their own.

Stipend and benefits

  • A stipend totaling $65,000, with health insurance and benefits if the fellow’s employer does not provide them, or if he or she works as an independent journalist.
  • A residency allowance based on family requirements for fellows moving to the Milwaukee metropolitan area: $4,000 for a single, married or partnered fellow, $6,000 for a fellow with one child, $7,000 for a fellow with two children, $8,000 for a fellow with three or more children.
  • A moving allowance between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on family size and distance. (Fellows from the Milwaukee metropolitan area are not eligible for a moving allowance.)
  • A travel allowance up to $4,000 depending on the nature of the project.
  • Up to $4,000 technology, research and equipment allowance for project-related expenses.
  • Fellows and their spouses are eligible during the fellowship for tuition remission (up to seven credits) for courses offered by Marquette University.

Questions? Please call:

Dave Umhoefer
O’Brien Fellowship interim director
Phone: (414) 288-5959
Email: david.umhoefer@marquette.edu

Funding opportunity: Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings

R01 Research Project Grant applications due February 5, 2018. More information at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-142.html

R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant applications due February 15, 2018. More information at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-18-160.html

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage interdisciplinary research aimed at promoting health, preventing and limiting symptoms and disease, and reducing health disparities across the lifespan for those living or spending time in non-traditional settings (i.e. playgrounds and nursing homes).  These settings result in exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins that result in health risks, symptoms, and other health conditions/diseases; including lower respiratory disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, and complex environmental exposures that may be exacerbated by non-chemical stressors encountered in community settings, physiological function of organs and systems of the fetus/child/adolescence, and lower respiratory disease.  Risk identification and symptom management include prevention and behavior changes and actions to maintain health and prevent disease with an emphasis on the individual, family, and community which will advance nursing science.  For purposes of this FOA, non-traditional settings include, but are not limited to, places such as community centers; pre-school and non-traditional school environments (e.g., churches, daycare, home-based schools, dormitories, alternative schools, and playgrounds); child and older adult foster care facilities; older adult day care facilities; half-way homes; and  assisted living and long-term care facilities.

 

Funding Available for Environmental Research and Development

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) is seeking to fund environmental research and development proposals.  SERDP is DoD’s environmental science and technology program, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency, with participation by numerous other Federal and non-Federal organizations.  The Program invests across the broad spectrum of basic and applied research, as well as advanced development.

Proposals responding to focused Statements of Need (SONs) in the following areas are requested:

  • Environmental Restoration — Research and technologies for the characterization, risk assessment, remediation, and management of contaminants in soil, sediments, and water.
  • Munitions Response — Technologies for the detection, classification, and remediation of military munitions on U.S. lands and waters.
  • Resource Conservation and Resiliency — Supports the development of the science, technologies, and methods needed to manage DoD’s installation infrastructure in a sustainable way.
  • Weapons Systems and Platforms — Research and technologies to reduce, control, and understand the sources of waste and emissions in the manufacturing, maintenance, and use of weapons systems and platforms.

Proposals responding to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 SONs will be selected through a competitive process.  Separate solicitations are available to Federal and non-Federal proposers.  The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP website.

The Core SERDP Solicitation provides funding in varying amounts for multi-year projects.  All Core Solicitation pre-proposals are due to SERDP January 4, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

SERDP also will be funding environmental research and development through the SERDP Exploratory Development (SEED) Solicitation.  The SEED Solicitation is designed to provide a limited amount of funding (not to exceed $200,000) for projects up to approximately one year in duration to investigate innovative approaches that entail high technical risk or require supporting data to provide proof of concept.  This year, SERDP is requesting SEED proposals for the Munitions Response program area.  The SONs and detailed instructions are available on the SERDP websiteAll SEED proposals are due March 6, 2018 by 2:00 p.m. ET.

Learn more about funding available from SERDP

Participate in the webinar “SERDP Funding Opportunities” conducted by SERDP Executive Director Dr. Herb Nelson and Deputy Director Dr. Andrea Leeson on November 13, 2017, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET.  This briefing will offer valuable information for those who are interested in new funding opportunities with SERDP.  During the online seminar, participants may ask questions about the funding process, the current SERDP solicitation, and the proposal submission process.  Pre-registration for this webinar is required.  If you have difficulty registering, please contact the SERDP Support Office at serdp-estcp.webinars@noblis. org or by telephone at 571-372-6565.