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Funding Opportunities

The following list of funding opportunities is provided for informational purposes only. Mention of trade names, commercial products, or for-profit organizations does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation for use by either the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center or the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

If you are aware of additional funding opportunities that may be of interest to K-12 schools implementing pollution prevention practices in their facilities or teaching pollution prevention concepts in their classrooms, please send the information to One Hazelwood Drive, Champaign, IL, 61820.

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  • 12th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet

    Due Date: December 16, 2014

    Summary:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announces the posting of the Request for Applications, People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award Program, with the goal to research, develop and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 competition supports scientific and technological research efforts to create innovative projects focused on sustainability. The P3 Award program was developed to foster progress toward sustainability by achieving the mutual goals of improved quality of life, economic prosperity and protection of the planet- people, prosperity, and the planet -- the three pillars of sustainability. The EPA offers the P3 competition in order to respond to the technical needs of the world while moving towards the goal of sustainability.

    Supporting the development of sustainable methods is in line with the Sustainable and Healthy Communities (SHC) Research Program. EPA's SHC Research Program provides useful science and tools for decision makers at all levels to help communities advance sustainability as well as achieve regulatory compliance. SHC is collaborating with partners to conduct research that will result in science-based knowledge to guide decisions that will better sustain a healthy society and environment in America's communities. The research is intended for decision-makers at the federal, regional, state and community levels.

    Contact:

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2015/2015-p3.html


    Funding Opportunities with no specific due date:


    USDA Food Service Equipment Grants for Schools

    Due Date: Varies

    Summary:

    In January 2010, USDA announced the availability of $25M in equipment grants to help schools operating a National School Lunch Program (NSLP) replace outdated equipment with new energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, ovens, and other food service related equipment. Eligible school food authorities are those that participate in the NSLP and did not receive an ARRA grant for NSLP equipment assistance. State educational authorities received allocations from USDA and are to award grants on a competitive basis no later than 180 days after receiving their grant allocation. Procurement and expenditures must be completed no later than one year after grant receipt.

    State grant allocations can be found in the press release at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cga/PressReleases/2010/0015.htm. More details can be found in the USDA memo at: http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/governance/Policy-Memos/2010/SP_14-2010_os.pdf.

    For more information on ENERGY STAR qualified commercial food service equipment, please visit www.energystar.gov/cfs or contact Una Song (song.una@epa.gov) or Jeffrey Clark (jclark@icfi.com).

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    Toyota USA Foundation

    Due Date: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

    Summary:

    The Toyota USA Foundation is committed to improving the quality of K-12 education by supporting innovative programs that improve the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Priority is given to systemic math and science programs that are broad in scope and incorporate interdisciplinary curricula, "real-world" classroom applications and high student expectations. Grants are made to accredited higher education institutions, community colleges and vocational or trade schools, and to nonprofit organizations engaged in pre-collegiate math and/or science education. K-12 public and private schools may not directly apply to the Foundation. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

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    The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation

    Due Date: Visit the Web site for application due date.

    Summary:

    The Award is given each November to three non-profit organizations in recognition of an innovative, existing program that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves. Peter Drucker's definition of innovation -- change that creates a new dimension of performance -- is key to consideration for the Award.

    The Award has been given annually since 1991 and is accompanied by a first place prize of $35,000 and two runners up prizes of $7,500 and $5,000. The cash prizes are unrestricted and designed to celebrate and further the work of innovative non-profit organizations in the United States. The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, administer the Award.

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    Tellabs Foundation: Environment

    Due Date: Contact Meredith Hilt for specific deadline dates.

    Summary:

    The primary focus of the Foundation is to support programs in communities where Tellabs employees live and work. The Foundation focuses its grant-making on direct grants to eligible organizations, generally in the amount of $10,000 and above. Generally, grants will be considered for specific programs, rather than for general operating funds. The three priority funding areas include: education, health and wellness, and environment. For the environment focus area, the Tellabs Foundation supports programs to encourage understanding and the protection of the environment. Grants will be considered primarily to institutions which effectively allocate funds to local and national protection/improvement programs. Grants will also be considered for organizations which protect the environment, particularly in the areas of public health, clean air, clean water, recycling and waste reduction.

    Contact:

    Meredith Hilt
    Tellabs Foundation
    630-798-2506
    meredith.hilt@tellabs.com
    http://www.tellabs.com/about/foundation.shtml


    NY: Funding for Energy Efficiency Projects

    Due Date: See Website

    Summary:

    New York companies will be able to improve the energy efficiency of their manufacturing facilities and data centers with the addition of $100 million in funds from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA.

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    NEA Foundation Green Grants

    Due Date: Various application due dates depending on the grant application. Visit the Web site below for due dates.

    Summary:

    With $150,000 in new grant funding designated for projects that integrate green-related topics and experiences into the classroom, the NEA Foundation is growing its Learning & Leadership and Student Achievement grants program for individuals and teams of educators. The expansion of the grants program was made possible by unprecedented back-to-back financial commitments from Nickelodeon and the Staples Foundation for Learning.

    Public school educators are eligible to apply for individual grants worth up to $5,000 for the development and implementation of ideas, techniques, and approaches for teaching "green" concepts. Visit the website for due dates.

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    Kids in Need Teacher Grants

    Due Date: The deadline is the last working day in September, annually.

    Summary:

    The mission of the Kids in Need Foundation is to recognize, promote, and support initiatives that foster educational excellence. Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to help them realize their dreams of providing innovative learning opportunities for their students. The purpose of the grants is to provide funds for classroom teachers who have innovative, meritorious ideas but lack the budget to bring them to life.

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    Increase Your Green Competition

    Due Date: Competition runs from Oct. 13 to Dec. 8

    Summary:

    DoSomething.org is calling on students to green their schools. Students who make the biggest effort to reduce their school's carbon footprint could win up to $1,500 to further their efforts. Schools are eligible for a first-place prize of a $1,500 grant and a banner, a plaque, an eco-friendly gift bag and a chance to be visited by the biotour bus. Three $500 second place prizes will also be awarded. The competition opens October 13 and closes December 8.

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    Illinois Biodiversity Field Trip Grant

    Due Date: January 31 annually

    Summary:

    Illinois teachers, including home-school teachers, may apply to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) through the ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education)program to receive funding for natural resources-related field trips.

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    Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Interagency Funding Guide

    Due Date: Various Due Dates

    Summary:

    The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative's Interagency Funding Guide has been updated. It provides one-stop-shopping for applicants interested in applying for over $250 million in grants and project agreements available through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. These grants and project agreements are intended to jump-start achievement of the Initiative's long term goals: safely eating the fish and swimming at our beaches, assuring safe drinking water, and providing a healthy ecosystem for fish and wildlife. The Interagency Funding Guide also includes status information on offerings which are open (offerings from EPA and Fish and Wildlife) and those which have closed (offerings from NOAA and through Sustain Our Great Lakes).

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    Bikes Belong Grants Program

    Due Date: Requests are reviewed quarterly.

    Summary:

    The mission of the Bikes Belong Coalition, sponsored by the American bicycle industry, is to put more people on bicycles more often.

    The Coalition welcomes grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public agencies within the United States that align with its mission. Grants are provided in the following categories: facility, advocacy, and education. All proposals must address the goals of the grants program strategic plan: encourage ridership growth, leverage funding, build political support, support bicycle advocacy, and promote bicycling.

    Contact:

    Bikes Belong Coalition
    Box 2359
    Boulder, Colorado 80306
    303/449-4893
    http://bikesbelong.org/grants


    Ben & Jerry's Foundation

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The Ben & Jerry's Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States which facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. All of the Foundation's funding decisions are made by a team of Ben & Jerry's employees that meets three times a year to review proposals. Although the Ben & Jerry's Foundation doesn't prioritize any particular issue area for funding, the Foundation does focus on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change in any number of areas. The Foundation will only consider proposals from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are organizing for systemic social change. The Foundation supports programs and projects that are examples of creative problem-solving. See the website for further information on funding priorities and guidelines. Awards are granted ranging from $1,001 - $15,000. Each cycle the Ben & Jerry's Foundation may fund a small number of material grants for $1,000 or less for innovative programs that fit into the general guidelines and that are infused with a spirit of hopefulness. Applications for small grants are reviewed at regular grantmaking meetings three times a year. Letters of Interest may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on an ongoing basis. They may take up to eight (8) weeks to be reviewed.

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    Community Toolbox for Children's Environmental Health

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    Founded in 1997, Community Toolbox for Children's Environmental Health is a constituent led, national grant making and technical assistance organization created specifically to build the organizational capacity of parent led, and community based organizations working on children's environmental health and justice issues in communities disproportionately impacted by environmental toxins.

    Contact:

    Children's Environmental Health Network
    http://www.cehn.org/cehn/resourceguide/communitytoolbox.html


    Federal Energy Management Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    Energy savings and energy efficiency programs are identified and frequently updated at this site through the use of a database.

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    FundingFactory Printer Cartridge and Cell Phone Recycling Fundraising Opportunity

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    FundingFactory is a free fundraising program to help educational and nonprofit organizations get the equipment or cash they need without any hassle. Register now and start collecting empty printer cartridges and used cell phones today!

    FundingFactory accepts more than 85% of the cartridges used in today's market and many of the most popular cell phone brands. Every qualifying cartridge and cell phone has a designated value. The values for all collected items are deposited into an online account. Fundraiser earnings can be spent in FundingFactory's Rewards Catalog or check may be requested. For more information, free registration and qualifying lists of products, visit the FundingFactory web site.

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    Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The Alternate Fuels Rebate Program provides rebates for businesses, local governments, organizations, and individuals in the State of Illinois. Rebates may be issued to any applicant for up to 300 vehicles. There are three types of rebates from which applicants may choose one type of rebate per vehicle: (1) A rebate for the incremental cost of an alternate fuel vehicle purchased from a dealership or similar vendor (Vehicle Rebate), (2) a rebate for the cost of the conversion of an existing vehicle to operate with an alternate fuel (Conversion Rebate), and (3) a rebate for the incremental cost of purchasing alternate fuels (Fuel Rebate). For all rebates, the alternate fuel vehicle, conversion system, or alternate fuel must be purchased from an Illinois company or vendor.

    Eligible fuels for the program include E-85, Biodiesel (at least 20 percent blend or B-20), natural gas, propane, electricity, and hydrogen. To be eligible, a vehicle must be a licensed, on-road vehicle and be able to be legally driven on public roads. Gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles (i.e., Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner) are not defined as an alternate fuel vehicle and are not eligible for a rebate since these vehicles are refueled with gasoline.

    For more information, visit the Illinois Green Fleets web site.

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    Illinois Recycling Grants Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The Illinois Recycling Grants Program helps communities, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations collect and process materials for recycling through both, technical and financial assistance. To learn more about these opportunities, please contact the program staff person listed below.

    Traditional Recycling: David Ross; 217-782-7887;David.Ross@illinois.gov

    Electronics Recycling: Sam Al-Basha; 217-557-5662; Sam.Al-Basha@illinois.gov.

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    Informal Science Education

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The ISE program invests in projects that develop and implement informal learning experiences designed to increase interest, engagement, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by individuals of all ages and backgrounds, as well as projects that advance knowledge and practice of informal science education. Projects may target either public audiences or professionals whose work directly affects informal STEM learning. ISE projects are expected to demonstrate strategic impact, innovation, and collaboration.(A PureEdge download package is available for this opportunity for submission via Grants.gov.)

    Deadlines: Preliminary Proposal Due Date(s) (required): March 21, 2006 and Second Thursday in March annually thereafter for Project Grants; September 14, 2006 for Project Grants and Second Thursday in September annually thereafter-----Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time): June 22, 2006 for Project Grants and Third Thursday in June annually thereafter; December 14, 2006 for Project Grants and Second Thursday in December annually thereafter-----Planning Grants: Proposals must be submitted on the same deadline dates as those indicated above for Preliminary Proposals, following discussion with a Program Officer.-----Conference, Symposia, and Workshop Grants: Proposals may be submitted at any time, generally at least one year in advance, following discussion with a Program Officer. These types of projects do not require Preliminary Proposals.-----Grant Supplements for existing ISE Awards: Requests must be submitted at least two months prior to the need for additional funds, following discussion with the Cognizant Program Officer.

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    Lumpkin Foundation

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The foundation supports education, promotes health or fosters organizational leadership. They also offer Downstate Illinois Conservation Grants. They have multiple deadline dates, depending upon the program. Programs include a General Central Illinois program, Capacity Building Grants and Micro Grants; the Downstate Illinois Conservation grants and Regional grants.

    Contact:

    121 S. 17th Street, Mattoon, IL 61938
    217 235 3361
    216 258 8444 (Fax)
    info@lumpkinfoundation.org
    http://www.lumpkinfoundation.org/


    Outdoor Classroom Grant Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation, International Paper and National Geographic Explorer! Magazine have teamed up to create an outdoor classroom grant program. The program focus is to engage students in hands-on natural science experiences and allow enrichment opportunities across the core curriculum. All K-12 public schools in the United States (excluding Puerto Rico) are welcome to apply. Applications accepted throughout the year and reviewed periodically. See application for times.

    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 can be awarded to schools or school districts with major outdoor classroom projects.

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    RecycleFund Printer Cartridge Fundraising

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    RecycleFund is a printer ink cartridge recycling and fundraising opportunity for schools. Schools collect empty inkjet, laser, and fax cartridges from businesses, and from the homes, relatives and friends of students and staff. Businesses are serviced directly and the school is paid for the empties. RecycleFund pays for all shipping costs, cartons, return envelopes, and program flyers. All shipping cartons and return envelopes will be bar coded with the school's name. All cartridges received in the recycling center are processed as soon as possible. Payment on accounts are scheduled for payment once a $20 minimum has been reached. For more information, including which cartridges will be accepted, consult the RecycleFund website. You may sign up online or call to begin using this fundraising opportunity at your school.

    Contact:

    RecycleFund
    1-888-554-6124
    http://www.recyclefund.com/


    Recycling Expansion and Modernization (REM) Program

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    DCEO's REM Program awards matching grants to Illinois organizations and businesses to accomplish recycling market expansion and waste reduction goals, while demonstrating public economic benefits. The REM Program diverts materials from the solid waste stream, thereby conserving our natural resources, while boosting the performance of Illinois businesses and organizations, to sustain and expand the Illinois economy. The REM Program is an opportunity that is good for business and good for the environment!

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    Rockefeller Family Fund The Environment

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The Family Fund's Environment program emphasizes conservation of natural resources, protection of health as affected by the environment, meaningful implementation and enforcement of the nation's environmental laws, the cessation and cleanup of pollution caused by the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense, and public participation in national environmental policy debates.

    Letters of inquiry may be mailed to the Rockefeller Family Fund, 437 Madison Avenue, 37th Floor, New York, NY, 10022. Letters of inquiry may also be sent to the Family Fund at the following e-mail address: mmccarthy@rffund.org

    Contact:

    Rockefeller Family Fund
    437 Madison Avenue 37th Floor
    New York, NY 10022
    mmccarthy@rffund.org
    http://www.rffund.org/environment/


    Save Energy Now Awards for State Industrial Assessment Projects

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) announced the selection of 19 states, which will receive a total of 96 industrial plant assessments at local facilities. Through these awards and other collaborative efforts of its Save Energy Now initiative, ITP seeks to accelerate partnership with states and local energy efficiency groups, utilities, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations in meeting industrial energy efficiency challenges. These initial state assessment projects launch an anticipated long-term, extensive effort to expand ITP's successful Save Energy Now activities to the State level, where the greatest impact can be achieved. The awards are in response to a recent solicitation issued by DOE.

    The awards total $950,000 and represent industrial plant assessments, adding to the national impact of reduced energy use and carbon emissions. These awarded projects represent an additional 5.8 trillion Btu per year in potential natural gas savings, as well as reduced CO2 emissions of 390,000 metric tons per year. In addition to analysis and plant assessments, each state project lead will provide follow-up technical and implementation assistance.

    Each state will receive roughly $50,000 (though some will also receive cost-shared funding). Recipient states include: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The terms of these projects are expected to be 18 to 24 months. Funding will go to the State Energy Offices to subcontract these assessments.

    Since its inception in 2005, Save Energy Now has completed 388 large plant assessments, implemented energy-saving improvements of nearly $83 million, identified natural gas savings of nearly 57 trillion Btu per year, and reduced total potential CO2 emissions by approximately 5.0 million tons per year. Save Energy Now is helping U.S. industry, the most energy-intensive section of the economy, supporting the future energy security and stability of our nation.

    A third round of 250 Industrial Save Energy Now Energy Assessments is now open for applications by eligible industrial facilities. Energy experts will help industries identify energy- and money-saving opportunities, focusing on steam, process heating, pump, fan, and compressed air systems.

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    The Cleveland Foundation -- Environmental Grants

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    The Cleveland Foundation’s environmental efforts support parks and open spaces, strengthen environmental organizations, champion environmental education (especially for urban youth) and build citizen awareness and participation.

    The Cleveland Foundation makes most of its grants to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3). It also makes some grants to government agencies. It does not make grants to individuals or for small business. Overall, the Foundation funds projects and programs that:

    • Support Greater Cleveland
    • Benefit the citizens of Greater Cleveland directly
    • Meet community needs
    • Test new ideas

    The Foundation requires all potential grant applicants to submit a brief Grant Inquiry Form, outlining basic information about the potential applicant’s organization and the program for which funding is being sought. This allows the Foundation to give you initial feedback and to indicate whether your proposal is appropriate. Grant Inquiry Forms may be submitted at any time. A decision is generally made within a few weeks, at which time you will be notified whether to submit a full proposal.

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    The Kresge Foundation: Green Building Planning Grants

    There is no due date for this funding opportunity.

    Summary:

    As part of its Green Building Initiative, the Kresge Foundation is encouraging nonprofit leaders to examine their planning and design processes so that they can assess the environmental impact of their facilities. The Foundation is offering planning and bonus grants available on a limited basis. Not-for-profit organizations that have 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply. Hospitals, other government and religious organizations may also be eligible. Elementary and secondary schools are eligible if their mission and programs predominately serve individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. See the Planning Grant Program Guidelines for complete eligibility information, eligible costs and application requirements: http://www.kresge.org/cms/uploads/PlanningGrantGuidelines.pdf.

    The Foundation, which also has a separate capital grant program for nonprofits, is also offering bonus grants for grant recipients in that capital program whose green building projects are certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program. Grants will be awarded until program funds are expended. For further information, visit the Kresge Foundation web site.

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