Monday, January 5, 2009

Turn Your Love for Green Initiatives Into Some Green for Your Pocket ( in 'cash')

We just got word of some exciting new initiatives for 2009 from the New York Botanical Garden's "Bronx Green-Up." As their various events and workshops draw nearer, we will include them in our Event Reminders for you...

For those of you who are interested in the business side of loving planet earth, a list of Job Opportunities, Resources and Grant Information appears below. We're not usually fans of the ol' 'cut and paste' around here, but this was the easiest way to get the info out to you.

Ecology Director Position, Bronx River Alliance
Application deadline is January 8. The Alliance’s Ecological Restoration and Management Program works to protect, restore, and manage the New York City section of the Bronx River corridor and Greenway. Our ideal candidate has education and experience in an environmental or related field, can work independently and with a diverse groups, has excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational abilities, and has a knack for interpreting science for the general public. For more information about the Ecology Director position and to submit your cover letter and resume for consideration, please visit

Kerlin Education Internship - Part-time, Seasonal (January - May 2009)
Wave Hill is looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated intern who is interested in gaining work experience in natural science and youth (teens) education. The intern will help implement urban woodland restoration plans and co-lead related educational programming. Wave Hill will provide the intern with valuable program management experience and a stipend of $10 per hour for a 21-hour week, requiring a commitment of 16 weeks beginning in January 2009 and ending in May 2009. For more information and to apply, see:

Majora Carter Group, LLC seeks Special Assistant to the President. The Majora Carter Group, LLC (MCG) is a green economic development consulting firm that builds relationships between organizations and across sectors to remediate environmental pollution. MCG is seeking a Special Assistant to provide administrative and organizational support to the President. For more information and visit

Capacity Fund, Application Deadlines are February 2, June 1, and October 1. Partnerships for Parks’ Capacity Fund provides grants to groups working in parks across the five boroughs of New York City, supporting projects that help build a community group’s capacity to care for its local park. Grants range from $250 to $5,000 and support new groups seeking funds for start-up costs, as well as established organizations taking on new projects. For more information, contact Kate Louis at 212.227.3626 or or download applications from

Capacity Fund Consultation
Learn about the kinds of projects that qualify for Capacity Fund grants through a discussion of guidelines and a review of case studies of projects that have secured funding in the past. Potential grant applicants will receive tips about how to prepare a strong proposal and feedback about their project ideas. Come prepared to network and discuss your ideas. Registration is required: Call or e-mail Kate Louis at (212) 227-3626 or Wednesday, January 7, 3 p.m. or Tuesday, January 13, 10 a.m. ● Partnership for Parks ● 49 Chambers Street, Room 1027, Manhattan

Scholarship Program for Brownfield Studies, Applications due January 15. Applications for the 2009–2010 academic year for brownfield scholarships administered by the Partnership of Brownfield Practitioners are now available. The program is open to New York City public high school students and CUNY undergraduate and graduate students. Recipients will be selected on a competitive basis and directed to students with a demonstrated academic interest in brownfield cleanup and redevelopment and the associated industry. Program descriptions and application forms can be found at

Brownfield Internship Program, Applications accepted through April 30. New York City college and university students interested in a career in the brownfield and environmental industries may apply for brownfield internships with businesses enrolled in the Partnership of Brownfield Practitioners. Program descriptions and application forms can be found at

Grants for School and Youth Gardens, Applications due starting January 23. The National Gardening Association works with sponsoring companies and organizations to provide in-kind grants to projects that actively engage kids in the garden and improve the quality of life in their communities. To be eligible for these awards, your school or organization must plan to garden with at least 15 kids between the ages of 3 and 18. (Awards are also available for non-youth organizations.) For more details and an application, visit

General Mills Foundation: Champions for Healthy Kids Grant Program, Applications due starting January 25. Grants are available to support community-based groups that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. Grants will only be awarded to 501(c)(3) and 509(a) status not-for-profit organizations and agencies. Priority will be given to organizations working with communities that demonstrate the greatest need and likelihood of sustainable impact on young people’s nutrition and activity levels through innovative programs. The program will award 50 grants of $10,000 each. Visit the General Mills Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application forms:

2009 Project Orange Thumb Application, Applications due February 17. Gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture and/or horticultural education are eligible for this grant. Community garden groups as well as schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities are all encouraged to apply. Twenty grants will be awarded within the United States and Canada. Each selected project will receive up to $1,500 in Fiskars garden tools and up to $800 in gardening-related materials (i.e. green goods). For more details and an application, visit

Golden Apple & Golden Shovel Awards, Register by February 27. Schools in New York City could enter to win prizes for documenting their model school recycling programs, waste prevention initiatives, or beautification projects. Completed projects are due April 30th, 2009. For a contest brochure, contact the Bronx Compost Project at 718.817.8543 or

Young Community Volunteers Invited to Apply for Do Something Awards, Applications due March 1. The Do Something Awards, formerly the Brick Awards, are designed to provide recognition and funding for young community volunteers. In the 2009 program, five winners will receive a minimum of $10,000 in community grants and scholarships. (Only winners age 18 and under are eligible for a scholarship of $5,000 and a $5,000 community grant; winners between the ages of 19 and 25 will receive their entire award in the form of a community grant.) Of the five winners, one will be selected as the grand-prize winner and will receive a total of $100,000 in community grants, paid directly to the nonprofit of his or her choice. Visit for complete program guidelines.

Grant Wrangler Funding Directory is a free grants listing service that makes it easy for teachers to find funding. To see the full list of funding opportunities and to subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, visit

New York City Environmental Fund supports projects that foster restoration, care, and public enjoyment of and education about the natural resources of New York City. It funds general environmental education programs and encourages community involvement. Grants range from $5,000 to $50,000, with average awards of $15,000. For application deadlines and more information, call 212.483.7667.

Council on the Arts
The arts councils of New York City and New York State annually give funds to borough arts councils that are responsible for providing grants to community groups for all types of arts programs—concerts, theater, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts for kids, public art, murals, etc. Each borough council has a different application and deadline. To find out more about the program in the Bronx, contact the Bronx Council on the Arts: 718.931.9500,

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