New England Grassroots Environment Fund Offers Support for Boston Projects    

Just saw this one in the Foundation Center’s RFP Bulletin and thought some of you in and around Boston might be interested or know others who are…

The purpose of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund’s Boston Grants Initiative is to increase engagement and citizen participation in environmental health, environmental justice, and greenspace issues in the greater Boston area. The initiative’s priority objectives are solving environmental problems and fostering stewardship, increasing community involvement, and building networks among Boston citizens. To meet these objectives, the initiative interprets the word “environment” broadly and will support a wide range of activities.

Organizations interested in applying should contact NEGEF staff before submitting a grant proposal. The program is designed for groups or projects not likely to initially receive funding from larger foundations. Applicants must be working at a grassroots level on environmental health, environmental justice, and green-space initiatives in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, or Somerville, and must demonstrate a significant element of volunteer involvement in their programs.

Incorporated organizations with or without established 501(c)(3) status and unincorporated ad hoc groups may apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000 each. A broad range of activities will be funded, including general operating support, communication needs, technology equipment and systems, technical experts, capacity building, advocacy campaigns, institutional support, training workshops, meeting registration and travel costs, and activities that enhance partnerships in the region.

Visit the fund’s Web site for complete funding program information. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2009.

RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15015943/grassrootsfund

For additional RFPs in Environment, visit http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_environment.jhtml

A National Report on Deliberative Forums about the Energy Problem    

Public Agenda

Available now for download from Public Agenda: Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (available as a free pdf) a 46-page report prepared for the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute based on outcomes of deliberative public forums that were held in 42 states and the District of Columbia in 2007.

Peter G. Peterson Commits $1 Billion Toward Solving America’s Most Significant Economic Challenges    

Here’s some news that could have a major impact on our field. The newly-formed Peter G. Peterson Foundation is committed to enhancing public understanding of the nature and urgency of key sustainability challenges that threaten America’s future, to propose sensible and workable solutions to address these challenges and to build public will to do something about them. It’s new president is former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, one of the few people at high levels of the federal government who understands the importance and potential of empowering citizens to address national (even global), “wicked” problems.

The following press release can be found at the The Peter G. Peterson Foundation website (thanks Leanne Nurse for bringing it to our attention)! (more…)

Request for Proposals — ACR-EPP Conference in May    

Association for Conflict Resolution

NCDD member, John Stephens, recently sent us some information to share with our readers about the upcoming Association for Conflict Resolution — Environment and Public Policy Section Conference being held on Monday, May 19th and their request for workshop proposals. Focusing on “Nurturing Conflict Resolution Skills, Practices, and Programs amid Institutional Changes“, this year’s event is seeking proposals from section members and others who would like to participate as presenters. John is available to answer questions about the conference and this call for proposals. His contact info can be found at the end of the RFP.

The full Request for Proposals follows the break. (more…)

Pollution Fighting Grant Opportunity    

(From the Study Circles Resource Center newsletter.)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting communities to apply for grants from its Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. CARE is a community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities understand and reduce risks due to toxics and environmental pollutants from all sources. The grants range from $75,000 to $300,000. The money can be used to help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities and/or to support communities which have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk reduction activities, and become self-sustaining. Your community’s dialogue-to-change effort could be an effective approach for working on environmental issues. Interested in applying? Go to http://www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#0802. The deadline is March 17, 2008.

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