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Watershed Education Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Watershed Outreach Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) and NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 Noon


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools and libraries for educational activities that promote awareness of water resources. Programs may target preK-12 students or public (adult or mixed-age) audiences throughout the five boroughs of New York City and the West-of-Hudson Watershed, which includes portions of Delaware, Ulster, Green, Schoharie, and Sullivan Counties

To support realistic and achievable educational programs and projects that increase awareness of the New York City Water Supply System, and the human and natural history of the Catskill-Delaware (also referred to as the West-of-Hudson or WOH) Watershed, which is the source of up to 90% of the City’s water supply. The grant program seeks to increase communication and understanding among residents of New York City and its WOH Watershed. Fresh water, the NYC Water Supply, and the WOH Watershed MUST be an integral part of any proposal. To be considered for funding, ALL proposals must show relevance to the Catskill-Delaware (WOH) Watershed.

This program supports Watershed Education projects for
-PreK through 12th grade Students and their Teachers in the West-of-Hudson Watershed, and in the five boroughs of New York City. Proposals targeting audiences in the East-of-Hudson NYC Watershed, Nassau or Suffolk Counties, or in other areas outside the WOH Watershed or NYC, are not eligible for funding; and for
-Public (adult or mixed age) Audiences, including college-age students, in the WOH Watershed.

Proposals may focus on:
-The critical role of communities in protecting water quality in the watershed
-The importance of water conservation
-The history and contemporary use and operation of the vast water system, or
-The cultural and biological diversity of the city’s WOH Watershed.

Preference will be given to projects that:
-Promote educational partnerships and/or encourage upstate-downstate collaboration and communication
-Promote environmental stewardship or sustainability in the face of a changing climate o offer environmental career exploration or training
-Include matching funds or in-kind contributions
-Have a community service component
-Can be replicated or have potential to serve as a model elsewhere
-Are proposed by teachers who have participated in professional development activities related to Watershed or environmental education
-Explore the causes and impacts of flooding or climate change on WOH Watershed streams, forests and communities, or
-Inform audiences about the continuing development/operation/maintenance of NYC water/wastewater infrastructure

Student/Teacher Grant projects shall supplement and expand upon existing school curricula and programs, and must not merely replace or restore curricula or programs that have been the subject of reduced public funding. Proposals must demonstrate how the program or project will be integrated into the existing curriculum.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165856

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Minimum grant, Student/Teacher: $750
-Maximum grant, Student/Teacher: $10,000
-Minimum grant, Public Audience: None
-Maximum grant, Public Audience: $5,000

Term of Contract:

Funded projects may not start before Sept. 1, 2018 and are to be completed by Aug. 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Public libraries; pre-school, kindergarten, primary, secondary and high schools; academies; BOCES professional, technical or vocational programs; all education institutions under the supervision of the Regents of the State of New York; or other educational facilities supported in whole or part by municipalities, public funds or by contributions solicited from the general public
-Private educational institutions including pre-schools, kindergarten, primary, secondary and high schools, academies, museums and extension programs
-Nonprofit corporations/organizations with education programs
-Municipalities with education programs

Nonprofit organizations may submit one application for a Student/Teacher Grant, and one for Public Audiences. Multiple submissions for Student/Teacher Grants will be accepted from different teachers at individual schools. Teachers are encouraged to consider projects in collaboration with colleagues from their schools, or with counterparts in other schools.

Public Education funds shall not be used to pay for capital costs of constructing stationary facilities or acquiring any interests in real property.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Noon Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Diane Galusha, CWC Education Coordinator
845-586-1400, ext. 306

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York: West-of-Hudson Watershed (portions of Delaware, Greene, Ulster, Schoharie and Sullivan Counties)