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Air Water Gas SRN - Request for Grant Applications


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Request for Applications (RFA) for K-12 and community-led projects that improve awareness of sustainable pathways for energy development. These projects will seek to improve understanding of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development as they pertain to air quality, water quality and quantity, economic effects, or other factors.
Deadline for applying: December 15, 2014 5:00pm MST.

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Air Water Gas SRN - Request for Grant Applications

  1. 1. Request for Applications – Education and Outreach Community Grants The AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network (SRN) at the University of Colorado Boulder ( is pleased to announce a Request for Applications (RFA) for K-­‐12 and community-­‐led projects that improve awareness of sustainable pathways for energy development. These projects will seek to improve understanding of the risks and benefits of oil and gas development as they pertain to air quality, water quality and quantity, economic effects, or other factors. Projects may focus on citizen science initiatives, project-­‐based learning, the interface of science and policy issues, or other energy-­‐related topics that have relevance for your school, organization, and/or community. Projects that connect with the scientific expertise of CU-­‐Boulder and AirWaterGas SRN researchers are highly encouraged. Examples of how this connection can be accomplished include hosting speaking events with AirWaterGas researchers, requesting classroom visits and activities with AirWaterGas graduate students, or seeking project design assistance. Additional options include use of tools developed by the AirWaterGas SRN group, such as the project’s fleet of low-­‐cost air and water quality monitoring equipment. * Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Incomplete and late proposals will not be considered. Background The AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network ( is a research, outreach, and education project funded by the National Science Foundation at the University of Colorado Boulder and eight collaborating institutions. The project’s goal is to find the balance between maximizing the benefits of natural gas and oil resources – the short-­‐term reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from power generation and transportation, national energy 1
  2. 2. 2 independence, and national job growth – and minimizing damage to water and air resources and risks to human health. By providing a science-­‐based framework for studying the environmental, economic, and social trade-­‐offs associated with natural gas resource development and environmental protection, the AirWaterGas project aims to share this research with the public in a way that improves public understanding and policy development. These community grants serve as another way to extend the research collaboration to include K-­‐12 education and community needs. Funding for these grants is provided to AirWaterGas by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Vice Chancellor for Research. The grants will be administered through the campus’ Office for Outreach and Engagement. Eligibility Information Community organizations, educational institutions, and other not-­‐for-­‐profit organizations, such as schools/school districts, universities/colleges, tribal organizations, museums, science centers, and libraries, are eligible to apply. Community grants cannot be awarded to individuals. Projects cannot highlight political advocacy or positions. Sample Activities • Environmental and energy education projects tailored to your own needs and target audiences that increase awareness of local issues and facilitate informed decision-­‐making. Examples of fundable ideas/activities include: o Developing lesson plans, activities (including field trips), or curriculum. o Providing support for classroom instruction, such as purchasing equipment or materials to conduct experiments. o Supporting virtual classroom instruction, such as purchasing software for hosting interactive virtual classroom activities. o Disseminating supplies (to communicate your message to a community or broader audience), such as materials for displays, community meetings, environmental clubs, science fair displays, brochures, etc.
  3. 3. 3 o Conducting a baseline air or water quality study in local areas potentially affected by current and future energy development. • Collaborations between schools and local community agencies. Examples might include: o Projects that engage youth examining a local energy development-­‐ related issue by taking a deep dive into the topic, including collection of information and data, identification of problems, and proposal of solutions and suggestions. o Other activities that allow youth to gain experience being engaged and informed citizens in the community and in conducting research. • Other local ideas for projects that improve public understanding of energy issues. Examples might include: o Bringing experts to your town for public programs. o Hosting a geology day (or on other relevant topics). o Collaborating with a local energy developer for a tour of energy development sites. Applicant and Submission Information Please review the AirWaterGas project summary for more details about the goals of the broader project as they pertain to your proposed project. The project summary can be found here:­‐watergas-­‐srnprojectsummary Please feel free to contact the AirWaterGas Education and Outreach Coordinator to discuss your application ideas or if you would like assistance connecting with others who are interested in energy education and outreach.* Your community grant application must include: • A cover sheet that includes the project title and contact information for the primary applicant(s) (address, phone, email address, and web site). • A detailed project description that includes goals, objectives, and a timeline (500-­‐ word limit). Projects must be completed by February 1, 2016.
  4. 4. 4 • A brief description of the lead organization and all project partners and the role each will play. (500-­‐word limit). • Information about your intended audience and a plan for how you intend to reach or involve your audience (500-­‐word limit). • A description of intended outcomes and how you will assess/evaluate your success (500-­‐word limit). • A breakdown of how the requested funds will be used and expected expenses for the project. Please include any matching funds or in-­‐kind contributions from other funding sources if applicable. Please also explain any requests for these grant funds to cover overhead for your organization or staff costs. (500-­‐word limit) • Your organization’s 501(c)(3) or tax-­‐exempt number. • An indication of whether you are interested in accessing some partner resources from AirWaterGas faculty and students. Please describe how you see AWG supporting your efforts (although we understand that may not be entirely clear at this early stage), dream and scheme a little here (500-­‐word limit). • Upon completion, your project must deliver a usable tool or resource that can be shared in ongoing AirWaterGas outreach efforts. Please include a short description of your project deliverable (500-­‐word limit). Examples could include a short video, a lesson plan, a local research project that can be replicated in another school or community, or a classroom activity. Creativity is encouraged. The grant application should be submitted as a Word document. Submission Deadline Monday, December 15, 2014 before 5:00 p.m. MST (Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.) Please submit your Word document application as an email attachment to:
  5. 5. 5 Notification of awarded funds will be made mid-­‐to late January, 2015. Funds will be available to awardees after March 1, 2015. The University, at its sole discretion, shall make award decisions under this solicitation. The University’s award decision is final. *use the below contact info for obtaining details about available air and water quality monitoring equipment, discussing your ideas, or connecting with others interested in these topics. Katya Hafich Education and Outreach Coordinator AirWaterGas Sustainability Research Network 303.492.9113