Working to mālama Hawai‘i takes time, sweat, and a whole lot of Aloha. Often, it also takes money. These are some sites listing grant opportunities and other resources for non-profits. If you know of other links to add to this list, please send them to us at info@malamahawaii.org

APPLICATIONS FOR URBAN FORESTRY GRANTS ANNOUNCED

The Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 Kaulunani Urban Forestry Cost-Share Grant Program

The next two grant application deadlines are: February 15, 2012 and May 15, 2012.

The Kaulunani Program views Hawai‘i's tropical urban trees as a dynamic resource that plays a critical role in our island community. Grants are encouraged this year to:

- develop the use of technology to improve the management of Hawaii’s urban forest by mapping the urban forest, conducting a tree inventory and green infrastructure planning;

- advance the knowledge of tropical urban forestry through the development of management plans and best management practices;

- train industry professionals;

- create public awareness of the value and benefits of trees; and

- demonstrate the importance of trees through tree-planting demonstration projects.

Generally, cost-share grants between $500 and $10,000 are awarded, however, in this upcoming year grants of more than $10,000 are actively being considered. Grants are also available to non-federal organizations.

For more information about how to apply for Kaulunani grants or the Friends of Hawai‘i’s Urban Forest contact Teresa Trueman-Madriaga at 808-672-3383.

Kaulunani project grant awards in 2011 include:

- West Hawai‘i Veterans’ Cemetery Development and Expansion Association was awarded $6,600 for an interpretive panel at the entrance to the Cemetery that will describe the dryland forest at this site. Since their first Kaulunani grant in 2005, the West Hawai‘i Cemetery was designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as attaining “shrine status.” It is only one of three State-owned Veterans Cemeteries in America, as well as the only one in Hawai‘i to have achieved this status. Overall this project has received 14 awards both nationally and locally.

- The University of Hawai‘i was awarded $56,000 for its project “Deflecting the Wave: Using Coastal Vegetation to Mitigate Tsunami,” to determine how trees can be measures of protection in coastal areas for a tsunami.

- National Tropical Botanical Garden was awarded $9,780 for its video “Breadfruit – A Tree of Importance to Hawai‘i.”

- Ho‘okipa Beach Park Community Work Day was awarded $7,009 for a native planting project and restoration effort.

- Kawananakoa Middle School was awarded $8,560 for planting a Native Hawaiian campus arboretum.

- Garden Island Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.was awarded $8,000 for its Arbor Day tree give-away and education event.

- Hawai‘i Wildlife Center received $9,485 for its native habitat demonstration garden.

- Hoakalei Cultural Foundation received $1,681 for a 2011 Arbor Day seedling give-away.

- Maui Nui Botanical Garden received $5,418 for an Arbor Day plant give-away.

- Ho‘oulu Lahui Inc. received $3,331 for the Hana Aloha ‘Umi Arbor Day plant give-away.

- O‘ahu Urban Garden ‘Ohana received $7,800 for the Hawaiian Electric Arbor Day tree give-away.

- Carol Kwan Consulting LLC received $6,882 for its 2011 Hawai‘i education campaign on trees 2011.

- DLNR Division of Forestry and Wildlife received $14,996 for Hawai‘i Landscape and Forestry pest identification cards and website.

For more information news media may contact:

Deborah Ward

DLNR Public information specialist

Phone: (808) 587-0320

 

Value-Added Producer Grant Program

Applications are being accepted for grants to provide economic assistance to independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives and agricultural producer groups through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program (VAPG).

Value-Added Producer Grants (http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_VAPG_Grants.html) may be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy projects. Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. Value-added products are created when a producer increases the consumer value of an agricultural commodity in the production or processing stage.

Awards may be made for planning activities or for working capital expenses, but not for both. The maximum grant amount for a planning grant is $100,000 and the maximum grant amount for a working capital grant is $300,000. Rural Development is encouraging applications that will support communities in urban or rural areas, with limited access to healthy foods and with a high poverty and hunger rate.

Matching funds. Grant funds may be used to pay up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs, subject to the limitations established for maximum total grant amount. Applicants must certify the availability and source-verify all matching funds at time of application submission.

The application deadline is August 29, 2011. For further details about eligibility rules and application procedures, see the June 28, 2011, Federal Register (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-28/html/2011-16121.htm).

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $150 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.

Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency's programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.

 

National Park Service Assistance - Deadline August 1, 2011

Are you trying to protect your local rivers, save an unspoiled landscape, or build trails where everyone in your community can enjoy nature? We Can Help.

Every year, the National Park Service helps hundreds of locally-driven projects that create opportunities for healthy outdoor recreation, connect youth with the outdoors, and connect communities to parks.

Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance from the National Park Service provides no funding, but our experienced staff can help communities plan for success.

Applications for technical assistance will be accepted until August 1.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their project ideas with a staff member in your area before preparing an application.

Visit www.nps.gov/rtca for complete information and application.

July 15, 2011: Hawaii Community Foundation's Organizational Capacity Building grants-Up to $5K for Planning and $40K for Implementation. See: http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/grants/grants/grant/ocb-implementation

August 1, 2011: Atherton Family Foundation www.athertonfamilyfoundation.org<http://www.athertonfamilyfoundation.org>

August 1, 2011: Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation (For Maui County Orgs Only) www.fredbaldwinfoundation.org<http://www.fredbaldwinfoundation.org>

September 1, 2011: Cooke Foundation www.cookfdn.org<http://www.cookfdn.org>

The USDA – Rural Development is now accepting applications for the Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. The deadline to apply for the VAPG is August 29th, 2011. A synopsis of the program is attached. The full instruction can be found at the link below:

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-06-28/pdf/2011-16121.pdf

 

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation Grant - Deadline September 25, 2011

The mission of the Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation is to support educators in developing environmental curricula that integrate field activities and classroom teaching and that incorporate basic ecological principles and problem solving.

The Foundation invites K-12 teachers to apply for grants up to $1,500 to develop or implement environmental curricula that integrate hands-on ecology exercises into the classroom. Proposals most likely to receive funding will include one or more of the following elements:

students address an important local or global problem

students design and conduct experiments or research projects in order to learn how to do science, while at the same time learning important content

lessons integrate classroom learning and field learning

A one-page "pre-proposal" is due by September 20, 2011. A subset of these proposals will be selected to submit a full proposal. You should only submit a full proposal if you are invited to do so. The deadline for REQUESTED full proposals is September 25, 2011.

Environmental Focus: Agriculture/Farming, Air, Animals/Wildlife, Biodiversity, Climate Change/Weather, Conservation, Ecology, Endangered Species, Energy, Environmental Health, Habitats/Ecosystems, Nature Awareness, Plants, Pollution, Soil, Stormwater, Trees/Forests, Water

Academic Focus: Interdisciplinary, Language Arts, Science

For a good resource on environmental education grants please visit: www.heea.org

 

Hawai‘i Audubon Society - Deadlines April 1 and October 1

Hawai‘i Audubon Society offers several grants per year for research in Hawaiian or Pacific natural history. Awards are oriented toward small-scale projects and generally do not exceed $500. Grants are reviewed semiannually. Deadlines are April 1 for summer/fall grants and October 1 for winter/spring grants. Application guidelines are available at http://www.hawaiiaudubon.com  under “chapter news" (at the bottom of the page).

Contact the HAS office at (808) 528-1432 or hiaudsoc@pixi.com with questions.

American Honda Foundation - Deadline: November 1, February 1, May 1, August 1
The American Honda Foundation provides grants to K-12 and higher education programs in the fields of youth education (up to 21) and scientific education. Download brochure:

http://corporate.honda.com/images/banners/america/AHF_brochure.pdf

American Legacy Foundation
The American Legacy Foundation is dedicated to building a world where young people reject tobacco and anyone can quit. The Foundation provides a limited amount of small grants to organizations in the 46 states involved in the Master Settlement Agreement with the tobacco industry. Legacy intends these grants to seed new projects, enable an organization to pilot a new idea or approach, or help an organization gain a different perspective or better understanding of tobacco control through research. The topic areas of greatest interest currently include: tobacco prevention, cessation and education for 18-24 year olds, especially those not in higher education settings; and projects targeting rural settings. Guidelines for developing letters of intent are available on the website: www.americanlegacy.org

Barron Prize - Application Deadlines: 3/31, 6/30, 9/30, 12/31
The Barron Prize honors young people ages 8 to 18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Ten national winners each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. http://www.barronprize.org
Captain Planet Foundation

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to support hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12 throughout the world. Awards are between $500 and $2,500 for schools and nonprofit organizations that develop innovative environmental projects for youth that promote cooperation, planning, and problem-solving skills.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The “Newspaper of the Non-Profit World” features articles and a guide to grants and deadlines for applications.

http://philanthropy.com/

City and County of Honolulu Bottle and Can Recycling
The City of Honolulu is offering non-profit organizations carts for bottle and can redemption. The City will lend organizations up to 30 recycling carts. These 96-gallon, wheeled carts come with labels for plastic, glass, aluminum or “mixed beverage containers.” Non-profits can set up the carts at events, and then take the filled carts to a recycling center to collect the 5-cent-per-container deposit. The carts must be returned to the City’s Refuse Division.

Contact Eileen Helmstetter at (808) 692-5422 or mhelmsetter@honolulu.gov for more information.

City and County of Honolulu Recycling Teaching Partners
The City has structured a program that funds recycling education in our schools. It's called the "Recycling Teaching Partners." If your organization has a recycling education program, or is interested in developing one suitable for delivery to schools/teachers/students, the City may be able to provide up to $500 per school to support your recycling education work, and will consider greater amounts for larger scope projects.

Please contact Suzanne Jones, Recycling Coordinator, at (808) 692-5409 or e-mail: sjones@honolulu.gov.

EE-Link
EE-Link is a participant in the Environmental Education and Training Partnership (EETAP) of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). http://eelink.net/grants-generalinformation.html

Federal Grant Guide
"How to Find and Win Federal Grants" by Susan H. Gray. Completely updated, this guide is for nonprofit organizations to find, apply for, and win federal grants. Also provides suggestions for developing projects and proposals worthy of federal funding, where to quickly access the information on more than 1,000 federal grants, loans, and other assistance programs, and covers the legal and financial responsibilities of grant recipients. 2003-2004, 200 pp. $195.

The Foundation Center
This site features news and resources to for both grant seekers and grant makers.

Fund for Wild Nature
The Fund for Wild Nature is for campaigns to save and restore native species and wild ecosystems, and actions to defend wilderness and biological diversity.

Fundsnet Services
A list of funding sources sorted by categories (Environment, Children & Youth, Community Foundations) and other resources.

http://www.fundsnetservices.com/

Global ReLeaf program, American Forests
American Forests is always looking for quality tree-planting projects to be funded by our Global ReLeaf Forests ecosystem restoration program. We are particularly interested in partnering with private and public sector organizations and agencies to plant trees and improve the environment in projects that would otherwise not be feasible. Past Global ReLeaf projects in Hawai‘i include plantings in the Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge, Waimea Canyon, and Kula.

For more information, see the website http://www.americanforests.org/global_releaf/grants/

Grant Opportunities with the Federal Government
There is a new website maintained by the federal government where all agencies post grant opportunities. You can search by keywords and register to receive an email notification when new notices are posted. You can opt to receive all notices (about 600/month) or select certain subject areas and granting agencies. http://grants.gov/

Group 70 International Foundation Fund
The 2007 Group 70 International Foundation Fund grant application is now available via our website at http://www.group70foundation.com. Since the Group 70 Foundation Fund is managed by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
Harold K.L. Castle Foundation
The Harold K.L. Castle Foundation has launched the Windward Youth Leadership Fund, a way for youth to apply for and “earn” up to $5,000 for their club, group or school activities by doing a community service project. Youth groups of at least three under-18 or younger members can create a plan to make Windward O‘ahu a better place, apply to the foundation and, if the service project is selected, receive up to $5,000. Service projects should benefit communities along in Windward O‘ahu from Kahuku to Waimanalo. Applicants must either come through a school or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information and to apply online, go to the Windward Youth Leadership Fund. http://www.castlefoundation.org/windward-youth.htm

Hawai‘i’s Forest Stewardship Program
The State of Hawai‘i, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife is accepting Forest Stewardship Project proposals in fiscal year 2004-2005 from eligible private forest landowners interested in participating in the State Forest Stewardship Program as enacted by Chapter 195F, HRS.

The Forest Stewardship Program provides state funds on a dollar (State) for dollar (private) match to manage, protect and restore important forest resources on private lands throughout Hawai‘i. To be eligible for the program, an applicant must own, or hold a long-term lease to, at least five acres of forested or formerly forested land that can be committed to a forest stewardship management plan and contract agreement for a minimum of ten years. Properties that are recognized as potential Natural Area Reserves are not eligible.

Interested persons can obtain program information and application materials by contacting the Cooperative Resource Management Forester, Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St., Rm. 325, Honolulu, HI 96813; (808) 587-4172.
Hawai‘i Land Conservation Fund
The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is seeking applicants for the 2006 Land Conservation Fund grant that is available to state and county agencies and nonprofit land conservation groups needing money to acquire property for its cultural or natural value. Those areas include watersheds, coastal areas, beaches and ocean access, habitat protection, cultural and historic sites, recreational and public hunting areas, parks, natural areas, agricultural production and open spaces.

About $3.6 million is available in grants. The process is competitive, and applicants will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission that will nominate projects for funding. Grant applications are available at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp.

Hawai‘i Legacy Land Conservation Fund
The Legacy Land Conservation Fund grant that is available to state and county agencies and nonprofit land conservation groups needing money to acquire property for its cultural or natural value. Those areas include watersheds, coastal areas, beaches and ocean access, habitat protection, cultural and historic sites, recreational and public hunting areas, parks, natural areas, agricultural production and open spaces.

About $4 million is available in grants. The process is competitive, and applicants will be reviewed by the Legacy Land Conservation Commission that will nominate projects for funding. Grant applications are available at www.hawaii.gov/dlnr/dofaw/llcp.

Hawai‘i’s Urban & Community Forestry Program (Kaulunani)
This Federal program provides educational, technical and cost-share funding opportunities to cities, counties, schools, and community groups in urban areas.

The State of Hawai‘i, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife is accepting applications for year 2004-2005 Kaulunani Urban Forestry Grants. Kaulunani provides financial assistance on a dollar (State) for dollar (private) match to develop projects designed to enhance the health and beauty of Hawai‘i's urban forests. Four grant categories are being offered: 1) tree planting and demonstration; 2) educational and information; 3) tree care and technical assistance; and 4) Arbor Day activities. Awards generally range from $500 to $10,000. Exceptional proposals may be considered for funding over $10,000. All projects are given on a cost-share basis to encourage local investment in urban forest landscapes that will benefit the public. Deadlines for receiving applications are February 15, May 15, August 15, September 15, and November 15. Approval general takes two months.

Interested persons can obtain grant application materials by going to the website: www.kaulunani.org or contacting Teresa Trueman-Madriaga, Kaulunani Coordinator, at 672-3383 or the Cooperative Resource Management Forester, Division of Forestry and Wildlife Office in Honolulu, 1151 Punchbowl Street, Room 325, Honolulu, HI 96813; (808) 587-4172.

Hawai’i Wildland Fire Protection grants
The State Department of Land and Natural Resources is inviting communities and private landowners to apply for grants to develop protection from wildland fires in 2007-08. The kinds of proposals that are acceptable are wildland fire protection plans, projects to remove fuel such as dead trees and brush, and fire education, prevention and action programs. Applications are due Sept. 8. For more information, call state forester Wayne Ching at 808-587-4173.

iloveschools.com
iLoveSchools.com is a free matchmaking service – for education. School teachers request materials and supplies while potential donors search for a teacher in need of their gifts of money or, new and used goods. iLoveSchools.com supports any institution that educates children, including preschools, home schools and private schools. http://www.iloveschools.com/index.php

K-12 Environmental Excellence Awards
Seaworld/Busch Gardens/Fuji Film Environmental Excellence Awards program rewards K-12 students & community groups working at the grassroots level to protect and preserve their local environment. http://www.seaworld.org/conservation-matters/eea/about.htm

Kamehameha Schools Financial Aid
Kamehameha Schools' financial aid program for college students will now be giving special consideration to specific areas of study and non-traditional students in accordance with their new Education Strategic Plan. The areas of study are job fields with projected growth in Hawai'i and range from business and technology to Hawaiian Studies, the natural environment and life sciences. Non-traditional students are defined as single parents, sole income providers for their families, currently or previously incarcerated and seeking to re-enter the workforce, or the homeless.

For an application: applications are available by calling 534-8080 or going to http://www.ksbe.edu/finaid.
For more information: visit http://www.ksbe.edu/finaid.

Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund
The Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Fund was established in 2005 by the Ka Papa O Kakuhihewa Council with funds provided by Hawaiian Electric Company. The purpose of the fund is to promote natural resource conservation through environmental education, media projects, hands-on natural resource stewardship projects, and alternative, renewable energy projects. Projects must benefit the geographical community identified by the zip codes of 96707 (Kapolei) and 96792 (Wai‘anae). Grant range is up to $10,000. The fund is administered by the Hawai‘i Community Foundation. Go to http://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/grants/viewByGeo.php

Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! classroom magazine have partnered to create an outdoor classroom grant program to provide schools with additional resources to improve their science curriculum by engaging students in hands-on experiences outside the traditional classroom. All K-12 public schools in the United States are welcome to apply.

This school year, the program will award grants up to $2,000 to at least 100 schools. In some cases, grants for up to $20,000 may be awarded to schools or school districts with major outdoor classroom projects. The grants can be used to build a new outdoor classroom or to enhance a current
outdoor classroom at the school.

This program only considers outdoor classroom proposals. For more information, go to:

http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=pg&p=AboutLowes/outdoor/index.html

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program provides grants of up to $5,000 for K-12 school projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit. Priority is given to educational programs that reflect the schools they serve and fill their communities’ unique needs and interests. Nonprofit K-12 schools (including charter, parochial, private, etc) and parent teacher groups are eligible to apply. For the 2006-07 school year there will be two grant deadlines, October 15, 2006 and February 15, 2007. However, it is important to apply early as only 1,500 applications will be accepted per grant period. Visit the website listed above to review sample projects and download application guidelines. http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/

MTV Think Venture Grants
MTV and Youth Venture are teaming up to offer Think Venture Grants of up to $1,000 to young people who are making a difference by creating their own organizations, clubs or businesses that address a need in their community. Think Ventures must focus on one of the following issue areas: discrimination, education, environment, global issues, or sexual health. Each week, one grant will be awarded to a group of young people (two or more) who submit the most compelling and sustainable Think Venture application. Applications, which will be accepted through December 31, 2005, are available on the website

http://www.youthventure.org/index.php?tg=articles&idx=More&article=1276&topics=368.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Bring Back the Natives

The Bring Back the Natives initiative, a program of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, funds on-the-ground efforts to restore native aquatic species to their historic range. Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations that seek to rehabilitate streamside and watershed habitats. Projects should focus on habitat needs of species such as fish, invertebrates, and amphibians that originally inhabited the waterways across the country. Pre-proposals are due December 2, 2005. For application information visit the website listed above.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The Foundation’s goals are to promote healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants by generating new commerce for conservation. The Foundation meets these goals by creating partnerships between the public and private sectors and strategically investing in conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. The Foundation does not support lobbying, political advocacy, or litigation.

http://www.nfwf.org/

Natural Resources Conservation Service
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
Financial cost-share assistance funds are available to those who are willing to implement conservation measures which treat the targeted natural resource concerns on their land. Projects that install conservation measures on lands to address the following wildlife priority habitats are being considered: native forests or riparian areas connected to a native forest reserve, wildlife refuge, or other preserved forest/riparian area; coastal habitats that support “rare” plants, seabirds, monk seals, or turtles; streams with native organisms; anchialine pools; migratory bird habitat; threatened or endangered species habitat (vertebrates, invertebrates, or plants); wetlands with endangered waterbird potential; montane bogs; and caves with rare species.”

NRCS will provide technical assistance to help clients design, plan, and implement their conservation measures.

Interested persons or entities in Hawai`i are asked to call Gwen Gilbert at (808) 541-2600 ext. 122 for more information. For program application information visit www.hi.nrcs.usda.gov. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.

NOAA Office of Education
NOAA’s Office of Education offers a variety of grants throughout the year. Visit http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html.

The Foundation provides grants to organizations throughout the U.S. for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. Visit the website: http://www.normanfdn.org/

NOAA Restoration Center Grants
The NOAA Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) is a financial and technical assistance program, which helps communities implement sound habitat restoration projects. The CRP awards millions of dollars to national and regional partners and local grassroots organizations every year. Under a competitive review process, projects are selected for funding based on ecological benefits, technical merit, level of community involvement, and cost-effectiveness. Although the CRP program encourages meeting a minimum one-to-one match, projects have typically leveraged $3 to $5 non-federal dollars for every NOAA dollar invested.
For information on Hawai‘i opportunities, go to:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/habitat/restoration/funding_opportunities/funding_swr.html

Norman Foundation
The Norman Foundation supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. One of the Foundation's primary interests is to promote civil rights by fighting discrimination and violence and working for equity. The current civil rights program priorities are education equity and criminal justice reform. Successful applicants should propose projects that are likely to achieve systemic change and serve as models for other organizations. The Foundation provides grants to organizations throughout the U.S. for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. Visit the website: http://www.normanfdn.org/

The Ocean Fund
The Ocean Fund was established in 1996 by Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, the two brands of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., to support marine conservation organizations in their efforts to preserve the world's oceans.

The mission of the Ocean Fund is to support efforts to restore and maintain a healthy marine environment, minimize the impact of human activity on this environment, and promote awareness of ocean and coastal issues and respect for marine life. Ocean Fund grants are made to a variety of non-profit groups and institutions conducting activities directly related to marine conservation. These activities cover research, education and innovative technologies. A total of $6.6 million has been awarded to organizations since the fund's inception.

Annual grants average between $25,000 and $50,000, although there is no absolute maximum. A committee of marine experts and cruise line executives meets each December to award grants. The application deadline is Sept. 30 of each year, and grant recipients are announced the following January.

For more information, go to http://www.royalcaribbean.com/ourCompany/environment/oceanFund.do

Patagonia Environmental Grants Program
Deadline: August 31
Patagonia (http://www.patagonia.com), an outdoor clothing and gear company, provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit, grassroots organizations with provocative direct-action agendas and multi-pronged campaigns designed to preserve and protect the environment. Patagonia funds environmental work that is action-oriented, builds public involvement and support, is strategic, focuses on root causes, and accomplishes specific goals and objectives. Please note: Organizations based in a community that has a Patagonia retail store or an international office should submit their request to the store or office. Each store administers its own grants program. Visit the Patagonia Web site for complete program information and application procedures at http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10006612/patagonia

President’s Environmental Youth Awards
Deadline: October 31st
President's Environmental Youth Awards (PEYA) recognizes young people across America for projects that demonstrate their commitment to the environment. K-12 students sponsored by an adult submit evidence of a completed project as defined in the application to their local EPA regional office. http://epa.gov/enviroed/peya/index.html

Samsung "Hope for Education" Contest
The Samsung "Hope for Education" Contest benefits American elementary, middle and high schools and their students by providing Samsung technology and Microsoft software for K-12 public and private schools throughout the U.S. Applicants to the contest submit a 100 word essay describing "How will the growing use of technology in the classroom benefit students in the future?" Essays should focus on: the specific educational benefits of new technology; how advances in entertainment technology can be used to benefit education; and the positive long-term impacts of technology in the classroom. One grand prize of $200,000 in technology/software, and one hundred first prizes of $20,000 in technology/software will be awarded. Applications must be submitted online through the website: www.hopeforeducation.com

Save America’s Treasures Grants
Save America's Treasures Grants, administered by the National Park Service, are provided to preserve our country's cultural heritage. Grants are available for preservation and/or conservation work on nationally significant intellectual and cultural artifacts and collections and on nationally significant historic properties. Intellectual and cultural artifacts and collections include artifacts, collections, documents, sculpture, and other works of art. Historic properties include historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects. These grants require a dollar-for-dollar, non-federal match. Nonprofit organizations, federal agencies, state and local government units, and federally recognized Indian tribes are eligible to apply. For application guidelines and forms visit the website listed above.

http://www.cr.nps.gov/hps/treasures/index.htm

Starbucks Foundation
Starbucks Giving Voice Grant funds programs for youth that integrate literacy with personal and civic action in the communities where they live. Grants range from $5,000-$20,000. Letters of Inquiry are reviewed twice per year during two periods: February 1st - March 1st and August 1st - September 1st.

http://www.starbucks.com/aboutus/grantinfo.asp

Tips and Resources for Teachers Grant Writing
Education World "Show Me the Money: Tips & Resources for Successful Grant Writing" to help educators apply for classroom grants for class projects, field trips, special curriculum needs to enhance their
students' educational experience.

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev/profdev039.shtml

Toyota Tapestry Grant Program
Toyota Tapestry Grants are administered by the National Science Teachers Association and are available to K-12 teachers of science. 2006 awards include 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and 20 mini-grants of $2,500 each.

http://www.nsta.org/programs/tapestry/

U.S. Bancorp Foundation
The U.S. Bancorp Foundation seeks to build strong partnerships and lasting value in communities with a U.S. Bank office. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families and enhance the cultural and artistic life of communities. Priority areas include affordable housing, job creation, economic development, education, and cultural enrichment. Application deadlines and procedures vary by geographic region and funding category. For application guidelines and forms for each region, visit the website: http://www.usbank.com/cgi_w/cfm/about/community_relations/grant_guidelines.cfm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Private Stewardship Grants Program
Deadline: February 14, 2007

The USDI Fish and Wildlife service is seeking proposals for conservation projects to benefit imperiled species on private lands through its Private Stewardship Grants Program (PSGP). This program provides federal grants on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in voluntary conservation efforts on private lands that help federally listed endangered or threatened species as well as proposed, candidate and other at-risk species.

For more information, go to the Pacific Islands PSGP website at: http://www.fws.gov/pacificislands/
Project proposals from Hawai‘i compete for funding with those from other western states. Applicants are encouraged to seek additional guidance from Service representatives in Hawai‘i prior to submitting a proposal. Please contact Craig Rowland at 808-792-9450 or e-mail at craig_rowland@fws.gov if you plan to submit a proposal.

Youth Venture
Youth Venture provides seed money grants of up to $1,000 for new youth-created, youth-led, sustainable ventures that benefit the community. Youth ages 12-20 who want to start a new ongoing environmental club or organization can get guidance on how to plan, organize, and launch their venture, along with funds for start-up expenses. Visit the website to get information and start the application process.

http://www.youthventure.org/