Federal Partnership Funding / Events / Resources UPDATE – 3/23/18

Funding Announcements by Deadline Date

New: National Geographic RFP – Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution – Due April 4, 2018 – The goal of the National Geographic RFP is to reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean. They are especially interested in nimble and innovative solutions that have the potential to scale.  Preference will be given to projects with high potential impact and applicants who are residents or citizens of the country of fieldwork as well as to projects with strong local capacity development components. For more information, click here.

NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants: Supporting the Education of K-12 Students and the Public for Community Resilience – Due April 6, 2018 – The goal of this Funding Opportunity is to support the education of K-12 students and the public, so they are knowledgeable of how their community can become more resilient to extreme weather events and/or other environmental hazards. Projects through these grants should build the environmental literacy necessary for communities to become more resilient to extreme weather and other environmental hazards. For more information, click here.

New: 2018 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grants Request for Proposals Deadline Extended – Due April 11, 2018 – The EE Local Grants Request for Proposals (RFP), originally issued in January, has been modified to expand the scope of the environmental issues that can be addressed. The changes to the RFP provide applicants with greater flexibility to address environmental issues relevant to their communities. Read the updated RFP and summary of changes here.

Groundwork USA Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunity– Due April 30, 2018 – Groundwork USA, in partnership with NPS and EPA, is now accepting Letters of Interest from communities wishing to begin the process of applying for Groundwork USA program funding and technical assistance and to join the Groundwork Network. For complete details on the application and selection process, including eligibility requirements, submission details, and evaluation criteria, click here. An informational webinar will be held February 27, 2018 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. ET. Registration for webinar available here.

2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program Department of Agriculture – Deadline April 30, 2018 – The U.S. Forest Service anticipates approximately $900,000 in grant funds to be awarded through the 2019 National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant Program. More information available here.

EPA Wetland Program Development GrantsApplication Close Date Varies by Region – Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the protection, management, and restoration of wetlands. States, tribes, local governments, interstate associations, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply for the Regional WPDG Request for Proposals. More information available here.

Department of Commerce FY17 Economic Development Assistance ProgramsNo submission deadline—The Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies in distressed communities. To learn more about this funding opportunity, read here.


Events and Trainings by Date 

New: Webinar: Teaming Up for Urban Forestry: New Tools to Build and Energize Local Sustainability Efforts – March 27, 2018 at 1:00 pm – Smart Growth is hosting a webinar that explores the resources available to help policymakers and municipal executives make decisions about the future of their community’s forests, and to learn how urban forestry can help drive progress toward Smart Growth and sustainability goals. The webinar features Laurence D. Wiseman of CenterLine Strategy, Ian Leahy of American Forests, and Lauren Marshall of the U.S. Forest Service. Registration available here.

New: Alliance for Community Trees Day: Call for Speakers Now Open – Deadline March 31, 2018 –The Alliance for Community Trees Day will be held in Irvine, California, on November 6, 2018. Alliance for Community Trees Day is the annual meeting for the Alliance for Community Trees network. Presentation opportunities include general session, concurrent sessions, and lightning round options. To submit proposal, click here.

New: Society of American Foresters Call for Presentations/Abstracts –Deadline March 31, 2018 – The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is now accepting abstracts for individual or panel presentations, science flash submissions, and poster submissions. The 2018 SAF Convention will be held on October 3-7, 2018, in Portland, Oregon. More information available here.

Water Week – April 15-21, 2018 – During this week in April, water sector organizations from across the country will gather in Washington, DC, for Water Week 2018. They will come together to advocate for national policies that advance clean, safe, and affordable water for all, supporting their respective communities and a healthy sustainable environment. Water Week 2018 will communicate the value of water to environmental protection, to economic development and to job creation – and inspire action. More information available here.

National Planning Conference – April 21, 2018 – New Orleans, LA – The American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference is an event that brings together thousands of planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students. The conference aims to bring together participants whether the goal is to contribute expertise and help drive change in the field of planning, learn from peers and adopt new practices, or connect with like-minded planners who are solving everyday challenges. More information available here.

River Rally – April 29 – May 2, 2018 Olympic Valley, California – River Rally, hosted annually by River Network, is a national conference for river and water champions. Unique in its focus on providing practical education, inspiring courage, and celebrating achievements, River Rally brings together hundreds of people from across the United States and the world who care about rivers and water issues. More information and registration available here.

One Water Summit – July 10-12, 2018 – Hosted by U.S. Water Alliance and Metropolitan Council, One Water Summit 2018 will bring hundreds of water leaders from across the country together at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis for thought-provoking conversations on how to achieve a sustainable water future for all. More information available here.

New: Community Involvement Training Program – July 18-19, 2018 –EPA Engaging and Revitalizing Communities Through Cleanup and Reuse Training (CIT) Program brings together people from EPA, agency partners, and stakeholders who plan and implement community involvement, partnership, stewardship, outreach, and education programs. The CIT provides an important, comprehensive, in-person forum to promote interactions among and between the EPA and state, local, federal, and tribal community representatives as well as academia and private industry. The training will be held at the Intercontinental Kansas City at The Plaza Hotel. More information available here

Imagine a Day Without Water – October 10, 2018 – Imagine a Day Without Water 2018 is the fourth annual day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water. Millions of Americans participate in sharing collective message through strategic channels, including television, radio, local events, social media, and digital content creation. More information available here.



Arbor Day 2018 – National Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday of April. There are exciting events happening across the country and now events can be shared here. Add your Arbor Day event to the map to get maximum exposure and see what others are doing across the country. 

EPA Office of Management and Budget: Free Online Grants Management Training – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) initially developed the Grants 101 Training for federal government employees, but now these eLearning modules are available as a resource for the public. This grants training is comprised of five modules including, 1) Laws, Regulations, and Guidance; 2) Financial Assistance Mechanisms; 3) Uniform Guidance Administrative Requirements; 4) Cost Principles; and 5) Risk Management and Single Audit. Grants training available here.

Microplastics Expert Workshop Report – The EPA Trash Free Waters program convened a Microplastics Expert Workshop (MEW) on June 28-29, 2017 to identify and prioritize the scientific information needed to understand the risks posed by microplastics to human and ecological health. The MEW Report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the technical expert panel. The report is intended to inform strategic planning regarding research priorities within EPA and in the greater academic community. Report available here.

The Green Heart Project: Studying the Impact of Trees and Green Space on Cardiovascular Health – This USDA Forest Service recorded presentation from a March 14 webinar discusses the interventional trial known as The Green Heart Project, designed to test the hypothesis that exposure to neighborhood greenery diminishes cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk by decreasing the levels of local air pollution. Louisville Kentucky’s urban laboratory is embarking on a study of how environmental differences within the city’s neighborhoods give rise to health disparities, and how local social networks and personal environments created by lifestyle choices bear upon individual health and well-being. This study will specifically examine the impact that urban forests and green spaces have on CVD risk. Recorded webinar available here.