Subject: Environmental Education, Youth Development, Job Training, Civic Engagement
Deadline: May 21, 2016
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (USFWS or Service) National Youth Development Program is accepting proposals from non-profit, state, and local government youth-serving organizations with the interest and capacity to work cooperatively with the USFWS to develop and administer projects focused on providing employment, educational, and public-service opportunities for U.S. citizens and legal residents between 15 and 25 years of age and for military veterans up to the age of 35. Projects funded under this program will be carried out at USFWS regional and field offices and on non-Federal lands in adjacent communities. The National Youth Development Program is focused on providing the following types of opportunities:
- Employment: Projects that provide participants with job skills training, education and professional development. These projects will engage youth crews, small teams and individuals. Crews will work collectively and intensely together under the supervision of trained and experienced crew leaders or conservation professionals. Examples of employment projects include: visitor communications and support; historic and archaeological site data collection and research; inventory and monitoring of fish and wildlife habitat; facility preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and maintenance; trail building and maintenance; invasive species removal; habitat restoration; wilderness stewardship; leading and conducting educational and informational outreach events; research; and endangered species monitoring and recovery work.
- Education and Public Service: Projects that provide participants an opportunity to be exposed to civic engagement and collaborative, community-based stewardship of natural and cultural resources. These projects will employ a variety of educational techniques to convey the USFWS mission to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Examples of education projects include: place-based learning opportunities; training seminars; and projects that engage and train young people as mentors and educational leaders for younger students and children."
Funder: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Eligibility: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), city or township governments, state governments, special district governments, county governments.
Amount: $5,000 - $500,000