Updates & Opportunities

Updates & Opportunities Archive

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Boating and Fishing Education Grants Available from RBFF Youth-Focused Boating, Fishing and Conservation Organizations Encouraged to Apply

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced the availability of boating and fishing education grants for 2011. RBFF's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, which expands on the organization's boating and fishing education outreach efforts, is encouraging youth-focused organizations to apply by December 27, 2010.

To download the Grant Guidelines and Application and learn more about RBFF's National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative, visit RBFF.org. Grant applications must be submitted on or before December 27, 2010. Applicants will be notified in April 2011.  A list of the 2010 grant recipients is also available on RBFF.org.

Toyota TAPESTRY Program Now Accepting Entries for 21st Annual Science Grant Competition

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, the largest science teacher grant program of its kind in the nation, is now accepting entries for the 2011–2012 program year.

Sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, (TMS) U.S.A., Inc., and administered by NSTA, the program offers $10,000 grants to K–12 teachers for innovative science projects that enhance environmental science education in their school and/or district over a one-year period.
Fifty $10,000 grants totaling $500,000 will be awarded this year. Applicants must either be an elementary teacher who teaches science in the classroom or a middle or high school science teacher, with a minimum of two years teaching experience. Individual science teachers or a team of up to five teachers can submit proposals.

Since the program’s inception in 1990, Toyota TAPESTRY grants totaling more than $9.2 million have been awarded to science teachers across the country.

For more information about the Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program or to learn how to apply, visit the TAPESTRY website. Applications must be submitted no later than February 23, 2011, to be considered.

Water Ways: A Minnesota Water Primer and Project WET Companion

Minnesota Project WET is offering a new book for educators, Water Ways: A Minnesota Water Primer and Project WET Companion. Water Ways is a 150 page book with content on water science basics, Minnesota's rivers, lakes, groundwater, wetlands, life in water, human use of water, challenges to water resources, and water policy. Each chapter includes a list of suggested Project WET Activities, career profiles, classroom activities, field-trip suggestions and additional resources. The primer is available for free download to all and in print form to educators.

Environmental Literacy Grants for Formal K-12 Education

The goal of this funding opportunity from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce is to support K-12 education projects that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. Click here for more information.

Deadline: January 12, 2011