Watershed Institute Grant Program
Grants to New Jersey Nonprofits for Environmental
Education and Conservation Programs
Education and Conservation Programs
Foundation / Corporation
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association - The Watershed Institute
09/15/17 - For Project Grants only; Expertise Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis at least 2 weeks in advance of the requested event or activity.
Grants of up to $500 and grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to New Jersey nonprofits to preserve local environments and watersheds. LOIs for project requests are due August 4. Particular focus will go to programs in the area of environmental education and outreach. Programs must relate closely to one or more of the targeted actions (outlined below)
- Water Quality Science and Education:
Promote data-to-action efforts of organizations monitoring water quality, increase accessibility of water quality information, and improve communication to the public on why good water quality is important to environmental and community wellbeing.
- Stormwater Policy:
Promote collaborative efforts with state, county, and municipal officials (where practical) to advocate for improved stormwater rules and ordinances beyond the current minimal and often ineffective requirements
- Green Infrastructure:
Educate landowners, municipal decision-makers, and the public on the role of impervious cover in flooding, using green infrastructure as a solution, and green infrastructure best practices (including the importance of long-term maintenance).
- Climate Change Resiliency:
Incorporate resiliency and adaptation into all aspects of future projects, planning, and policy efforts, and increase the accessibility of information and appropriate tools regarding climate change impacts.
Within the Watershed Institute's areas of focus, there are two types of funding available for nonprofits through this program: Project Grants ($1,000-$10,000) and Expertise Grants (up to $500).
These grants are for projects that implement one or more of the above Actions. Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Organize events, comprehensive outreach campaigns, and associated communications such as Municipal official/landowner training and outreach campaigns related to green infrastructure, stormwater, water quality science or climate change actions.
- Translate water quality data for the public and decision-makers by designing watershed-specific outreach materials, launching a clean water public education campaign, or using water quality data for advocacy related to stormwater policy or green infrastructure actions.
- Conducting project-specific water quality monitoring, such as monitoring the effectiveness of infrastructure, monitoring restoration efforts and outcomes, and targeted monitoring to inform future study areas or projects
- Utilize technical/expert assistance during project implementation by consulting soil or plant expert, climate change expert, GIS specialist, or communications consultant for outreach and media strategies.
Note: All water quality monitoring must be accompanied by a plan for education and outreach around the collected data. While protocols for data quality assurance are required for any project, a DEP-approved QAPP is not required in all cases (and in some cases may not be appropriate).
Expertise grants may be used for one of two purposes. The first, known as an Internal Expertise Grant, is to increase an organization’s internal expertise by supporting staff participation in trainings, meetings, and conferences that relate to the Targeted Actions (as listed above). In this way, the organization’s staff will be better informed about and better able to effect change in the areas of the Actions. Examples of eligible events include, but are not limited to, the New Jersey Land Conservation Conference, the ANJEC Environmental Congress, Train the Trainer workshops, etc.
The second type, known as an External Expertise Grant, is to support an organization’s efforts to secure external expertise on an issue relating to the Targeted Actions. In this case, the grant is to be used as matching funds to solicit and retain an outside professional to provide analysis or expert opinion that the organization is not able to develop internally. Examples of external experts include, but are not limited to, environmental consultants, botanists, GIS specialist, etc.
Project Grants: $1,000 - $10,000
Expertise Grants: up to $500
Expertise Grants: Eligible events or activities will occur during the granting period of December 5, 2016 to December 15, 2017.
Eligibility Criteria for Both Project and Expertise Grants:
- Nonprofit environmental groups that have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status and conduct work in New Jersey are eligible to apply for funds. Organizations not classified as tax-exempt may not use a conduit organization.
- Priority for both Project Grants and Expertise Grants will be given to New Jersey-based watershed organizations.
Additional Eligibility Criteria Specific for Project Grants:
- Please note that, effective this year, priority for Project Grants will be given to applicants who have not received funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation within the past calendar year. However, Dodge-funded organizations are welcome to apply and will not be excluded from consideration.
- Project Grants may be used for: staff time, travel, project or event supplies/equipment, and consultant or expert time as approved by the Grant Review Committee and Institute Coordinator.
Additional Eligibility Criteria Specific for Expertise Grants:
- Priority for Expertise Grants will also be given to organizations that are not current Project Grant awardees.
- Organizations that received Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation funding within the last year are not eligible for Expertise Grants. Before applying for funds to sponsor attendance at an event, applicants should first seek out other event-specific scholarship opportunities.
- Expertise Grants may be used for: registration/participation fees, travel costs (as pre-approved by the Institute Coordinator), expert/consultant time
Restrictions for Both Project and Expertise Grants:
Grants may not be used for: capital projects (e.g., rent, site improvements), endowments, general operating support, land acquisition, entertainment, organizational health/general capacity building, lobbying, political activities, or litigation.
Note: Event planning falls under the Project Grants.
Two types of funding are available for nonprofits through this program: Project Grants ($1,000-$10,000) and Expertise Grants (up to $500).
Project Grant Application Process:
- Letters of Inquiry for the Project Grant application are due August 4, 2017. By mid-August, eligible projects will be invited to submit complete proposals. This invitation does not guarantee funding, it merely serves as an eligibility screening and an opportunity for the Institute Coordinator to provide feedback.
- Project Grant Notification and Award Allocation: Applicants invited to submit proposals will be notified of funding decisions by mid-November, 2017. Grant awards will be disbursed in full upon receipt of a signed grant agreement form.
- Project Grant Timeline:
Letter of Inquiry Due: August 4, 2017
Proposal Due: September 15, 2017
Signed Grant Agreement Due: December 1, 2017
Mid-term Meeting: April-May 2018
Interim Narrative and Financial Reports Due: July 2018
Final Narrative and Financial Reports Due: December 14, 2018
Expertise Grant Application Process:
- Expertise Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis at least 2 weeks in advance of the requested event or activity.
More information about both types of funding opportunities, along with instructions on applying, is available in this year’s 2017-2018 Grant Program Description and Eligibility Requirements (attached below).
Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the applications for Expertise Grants and the LOI form for Project Grants as well.
For Project Grants, in-kind matching is strongly encouraged but not required.
For External Expertise Grants, a 50-50 match is required (up to $500).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit the attached and completed Project Grant LOI via email to Kimber Ray, Watershed Institute Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Expertise Grant application is web-based and available at the following links:
Click here to begin the Internal Expertise Application: https://watershedinstitute.typeform.com/to/qhnPAC
Click here to begin the External Expertise Application: https://watershedinstitute.typeform.com/to/gIdJt3
General Contact Information:
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, New Jersey 08534
(609) 737-3735, ext. 27
USA: New Jersey
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