USDA NRCS; Funding/Events/Resources — UPDATE – 2/13/19

Funding Announcements by Deadline Date

DEADLINE EXTENDED: EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants – Due March 8, 2019 – The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants (five per EPA region) of up to $30,000 each. The RFP can be found here and more information, including an FAQ page, can be found here. Pre-application assistance calls will be held February 13 (Spanish) and February 20 (English).

DOI Technical Assistance Program 2019 Applications – Due March 1, 2019—Non-federal entities, such as local government agencies, are eligible to apply for grant funding for short-term projects to meet the immediate needs of island regions. Priority areas include, but are not limited to, projects that foster the development of island regions in: accountability, financial management, economic development, education, energy production, and more. More information and the application can be found here.

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund – Opens March 1, 2019 – The Conservation Catalyst Fund will distribute funding to landscape conservation partnerships across the United States and offer supplemental training and mentoring to grantees.  The Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund will focus specifically on building capacity for landscape conservation partnerships by investing in the “backbone” coordination of the collaborative process and in supporting key stepping stone activities necessary to achieve broad-based partnership support and conservation on the ground.Program updates will be posted via Network e-news and at the following link

NEW: WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2019 – Due March 19, 2019 – TheBureau of Reclamation in the Department of the Interior will be awarding grants to projects that will result in quantifiable and sustained water savings and support broader water reliability benefits. Approximately $24 million will be available through this funding opportunity. Funding Group I projects receive up to $300,000 and can be completed within two years. Funding Group II projects may receive up to $1.5 million for a phased project up to three years. Applicants must provide at least a 50% cost-share. States, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations located in the western United States or United States Territories are eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. Learn more here.

Events & Trainings by Date 

NEW: NIEHS Webinar: Culturally Appropriate Communications in Environmental Health Sciences Research – February 15, 2019, 1:00 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET—This webinar will explore how two investigators have implemented culturally appropriate communications in their studies of environmental risks among Latino cleaning staff and Native American women. Although their approaches differ, as they are based on the cultural context and environmental health literacy of their respective community partners, each investigator relies on similar underlying principles of cultural sensitivity. Register for the webinar here.

14th Annual Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) Meeting & Reception –Arlington, VA, March 6, 2019 – The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Future of Urban Forestry,” hosted by the Nature Conservancy. SUFC has released a Request for Proposals to feature up to four programs, research ideas, new technologies, or projects to be featured at this year’s meeting. A room block has been established at Hyatt Place in Washington, DC. Book your room here.

NEW: CitSci2019 Conference – Raleigh, NC – March 13 – 17, 2019 – Sponsored by the Citizen Science Association, the 2019 meeting focuses on broadening the citizen science community. They will have three tracks, including one focused on environmental justice issues that will address data collection to improve human and environmental health and that will be discussed by community-based organizations and engaged partners. If you are interested in presenting at this meeting, please send your session information to with “CitSci2019 Info” in the subject line. More information is available here.

The Funder’s Network (TFN) Annual Conference, Miami, FL, March 18-20, 2019 — TFN’s 2019 Annual Conference will mark the network’s 20th anniversary. The 2019 conference theme is Power Forward, a call to action for philanthropy to leverage its collective power to create communities and regions that are sustainable and just. Read more and register for the event here.

NEW: Quarterly DOI Urban Waters Conference Call, March 28, 2019- 2:00 PM ET – Join the quarterly DOI Urban conference call for a discussion on The Nature Conservancy’s new report, “Nature in the Urban Century.” TNC lead co-author Rob McDonald will provide an overview of the report and ways that governments at all levels can plan and implement a positive nature future for our urban century. EPA will provide a brief Urban Waters Federal Partnership update prior to the TNC presentation. Dial-in information: 866-453-1554 (phone); 8858470 (code).

River Rally 2019 – June 21-24, 2019 – 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 U.S. and the world who care about rivers and water issues. River Rally 2019 will be held in Cleveland, Ohio and registration will open this winter. Additional information available here. 

One Water Summit 2019 – September 18-20, 2019 – The U.S. Water Alliance hosts the annual One Water Summit to “unite diverse interests to secure a sustainable water future, now and for future generations.” The 2019 Summit will be held in Austin, Texas. In 2018, Urban Waters partners brought a Delegation to the One Water Summit. If you are interested in joining the Urban Waters Delegation in 2019, please email Simone Depew at  or Abu Moulta-Ali at .


Urban Waters Learning Network (UWLN) 2018 Report—The Urban Waters Learning Network’s 2018 Report is now available via this link. The report discusses UWLN’s 2018 successes, including: 1) increasing membership to 520 members; 2) hosting 11 webinars and peer calls, reaching 585 people, including YouTube views; 3) reaching 7,250 website visits, between January 1 and December 31; 4) publishing 12 new impact stories (making 64 total) highlighting successful Urban Waters restoration projects around the country; 5) publishing the first edition of Learners to Leaders: The Environmental Justice Literacy Curriculum in August 2018. A blog post on their achievements is available here.

BUILD (formerly TIGER) Grant Program— Under the 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act, the TIGER grant program from the U.S. Department of Transportation became known as BUILD, and funding increased to $1.5 billion for 2018. Evaluation criteria has also changed; details on these changes can be found here. The Department of Transportation awarded 2018 BUILD grants in mid-December. A map of the awarded projects can be found here; a fact sheet on the awards can be found here.

Executive Order to Spur Brownfields Development—On December 12, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13853 which aims to increase federal investments in urban and economically distressed communities, potentially prompting interest in brownfield development in these areas. Read the full Executive Order here.

NASEM Releases Learning Through Citizen Science Report – Scientific research that involves nonscientists contributing to research processes – also known as “citizen science” – supports participants’ learning, engages the public in science, contributes to community scientific literacy, and can serve as a valuable tool to facilitate larger scale research, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). Citizen science includes projects that grow out of a community’s desire to address an inequity or advance a priority, the report says. The news release is available here, and the full report can be found here.