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Public Information and Education (PIE) Mini-Grant Awards

Grants to Nebraska Individuals, Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Businesses for Environmental Education Efforts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Nebraska Environmental Trust (NET) - Nebraska Academy of Sciences (NAS)

Deadline Date:

10/05/18 Postmarked or electronic submission

Description:

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Nebraska individuals, businesses, municipalities, federal and state agencies, and school, power, development, and irrigation districts for environmental programming and education. Programs should focus on conservation topics and new and useful methods of conservation.

The PIE Grants support the presentation and dissemination of information and perspectives that will stimulate enhanced environmental stewardship in any category eligible for Trust funding. The grant program seeks to expand the dialogue on important conservation topics and to provide information on emerging or highly useful conservation methods.

Trust Board Funding Categories
Any project or portion of a project funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust must achieve one or more of the following Trust priority areas. These priority areas are equally important.

Habitat: actions to preserve or restore native habitats and areas critical to at-risk, rare or endangered species; other preservation actions for at-risk, rare or endangered species including actions to understand ecosystem relationships which inform sound management; community habitat enhancement emphasizing native and ecologically appropriate plantings which provide food and shelter for wildlife; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Surface and Ground Water: actions to preserve or restore lakes, streams and ground water from degradation or depletion; actions to research, design or foster best management practices; actions to conserve water and/or efficiently and effectively manage water use; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Waste Management: actions promoting and implementing source reduction, waste management or toxicity reduction; actions promoting and implementing the development of recycling markets; actions promoting and implementing reuse and other disposal diversion actions; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Air Quality: actions promoting and implementing clean air strategies; actions to research, design or foster best management strategies; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

Soil Management: actions and strategies to preserve, conserve and restore soil health; actions to research, design or foster the implementation and management of these strategies; actions to inform and educate which contribute to the attainment of this category.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178723

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding is limited to $3,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may fall into one of the following categories:

- Individual
- City or County
- Federal Agency
- Natural Resources District
- Private For Profit
- Private Nonprofit
- Consortium
- State Agency
- School, Irrigation, Power or Development District

All projects must meet all of the following criteria to be considered for funding:

1. The applicant must demonstrate that the project is environmentally acceptable. The project shall not cause harm to the environment and results in a net gain for the environment.
2. The project must have clear and direct environmental benefits.
3. The project must make a real contribution to achieving the Trust Board’s environmental categories.
4. The project must provide public benefits.
5. The funds requested will provide assistance only to proposals which are deemed technically feasible.
6. The funds requested will provide assistance only to proposals which are deemed financially feasible.
7. The funds requested shall not be used to provide direct assistance to regulatory programs.
8. The funds requested shall not be used to implement actions mandated by regulations except remediation.
9. The funds requested shall not pay for private benefits or provide assistance to projects whose benefits are primarily private in nature.
10. The funds requested shall not be used to relieve private liability for environmental damage.
11. The funds requested shall not pay for projects which have direct beneficiaries who could afford the costs of the benefits without experiencing serious financial hardship.
12. The funds shall not pay for land or easements acquired without the full and express consent of the landowner.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply, download the attached application forms.

Applications will be accepted by the Academy each quarter, and awards will be given each quarter.

Timeline:

- 1st Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2018
- 1st Quarter 2018 Board Meeting: Saturday, February 17 (tentative)
- 1st Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Awards Notification: After February 17, 2018

- 2nd Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Deadline: Friday, April 13, 2018
- 2nd Quarter 2018 Board Meeting: Saturday, June 9 (tentative)
- 2nd Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Awards Notification: After June 9, 2018

- 3rd Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018
- 3rd Quarter 2018 Board Meeting: Saturday, August 18 (tentative)
- 3rd Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Awards Notification: After August 18, 2018

- 4th Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018
- 4th Quarter 2018 Board Meeting: Saturday, December 1 (tentative)
- 4th Quarter 2018 PIE Grant Awards Notification: After December 1, 2018

Application dates are postmark dates. Board meeting dates are tentative. No grant awards will be made to projects expending funds before the corresponding board meeting dates.

Contact Information:

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

Applications can be submitted by email or mail to:

Cecelia Dorn
nebacad@unl.edu
402/472-2644

The Nebraska Academy of Sciences
302 Morrill Hall, 14th and U Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0339

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nebraska