Grant Available: The Lexus Eco Challenge

August 23rd, 2013

The Lexus Eco Challenge, administered by Scholastic, is a life-changing opportunity for teens across the nation to make a difference in the environmental health of our planet, one community at a time..

Through this program, middle and high school students can participate in two initial environmental challenges about land/water and air/climate.

Teams made up of five to ten students and up to two teacher-advisors define an issue, make a plan to address the issue, implement the plan, and report on the results via an online Action Plan.

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Grassroots Environmental Projects in North America Supported

July 29th, 2013

Commission for Environmental Cooperation: North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) facilitates collaboration and public participation to foster conservation, protection, and enhancement of the North American environment. The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA), an initiative of CEC, provides grants to nonprofit organizations and non-governmental organizations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico in order to empower and build the capacity of local peoples and organizations to improve their health and environmental quality. NAPECA supports projects at the community grassroots level that support healthy communities and ecosystems, encourage climate change activities through the transition to a low-carbon economy, and advance innovative projects that assist in greening economies. Preliminary proposals must be submitted by September 10, 2013; full proposals are due December 3, 2013. Visit the CEC website to download the Call for Proposals.

Two Grants: Dog Parks & Conservation

July 5th, 2013

Dog Parks: The Nutro Company’s ROOM TO RUN Dog Park Appreciation Project is designed to enhance public dog parks and off-leash areas across the United States. In 2013, 30 grants of $2,000 each will be awarded to existing public nonprofit dog parks (run by townships, governments, or nonprofit organizations) to help fund enhancement efforts. Community members are encouraged to fill out a grant application to request support for their local dog parks by August 31, 2013; grant money will be provided directly to selected parks through September 2013. Visit the project’s website to review the application guidelines and instructions.

Conservation Grant: The Wallace Genetic Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that believe in the long-term conservation of the soil and of the environment, rather than exploitation of natural resources for temporary profits. Specific areas of interest include the following: sustainable agriculture, protection of farmland, conservation of natural resources, biodiversity protection, reduction of environmental toxins, and global climate issues. Grants generally range from $25,000 to $40,000. Requests may be submitted throughout the year. Application guidelines and forms are available on the Foundation’s website.

Red Mountain Park Opens Unique Outdoor Adventure: The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest

June 4th, 2013

Red Mountain Park is now taking reservations for its newest outdoor adventure, the Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest, a treetop challenge course with 20 unique ropes course obstacles.  Guests will enjoy traversing bridges, climbing walls, swinging on ropes, and zipping their way from tree house to tree house.  The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest is the first attraction of its kind in the state of Alabama.

The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest (Kaul Forest) is unique in that it allows participants to decide their adventure; once guests enter the Kaul Forest, they explore and select their route through the trees according to the obstacles that interest them the most.  The cost is $40 per person for 2 hours of adventure and up to 20 people can explore the Kaul Forest at one time.  Group discounts are available, along with discounts for booking your adventure in conjunction with the Red Ore Zip Tour zip lines.

The Hugh Kaul Beanstalk Forest was made possible through the generosity of the Hugh Kaul Foundation.  The Hugh Kaul Foundation is a private foundation that was established in 1989 by Mr. Hugh Kaul.  The Foundation has supported the Birmingham community over the years with numerous awards in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, and public/society benefit.  Beanstalk Builders constructed the system and company owner Mike Fischesser calls the Kaul Forest part of “One of the first aerial adventure parks in the United States.  The Beanstalk Forest is family friendly due to the variety of adventurous choices each person encounters as they explore the canopy.  People of all abilities will want to return over and over to experience this new concept in adventurous recreation.”


Schedule Your Red Ore Zip Tour Today!

Support for Land Conservation Projects

May 10th, 2013


NFWF Acres for America

NFWF Acres for America

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Acres for America

Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property.

The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Walmart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through these acquisitions. All grant awards require a minimum 1:1 match of cash or contributed goods and services. Preference will be given to acquisitions that are part of published conservation plans (North American Waterfowl Management Plan, Partners in Flight, etc.), State Wildlife Action Plans, or Endangered Species Act Recovery Plans.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation regional director in their area to discuss project ideas prior to applying. Pre-proposals are due June 3, 2013; invited full proposals must be submitted by August 1, 2013.

Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website for program details –

Support for Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems

April 26th, 2013

Surdna Foundation: Sustainable Environments Program

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster just and sustainable communities throughout the United States. The Foundation’s Sustainable Environments Program works to overhaul our country’s outdated and crumbling infrastructure with an approach that will foster healthier communities. By focusing on urban areas and their surrounding suburbs, the Foundation seeks solutions that connect and improve these infrastructure systems in ways that maximize positive impacts and minimize negative environmental, economic, and social consequences. The four main categories of work in this program area include the following: Sustainable Transportation Networks and Equitable Development Patterns, Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment, Urban Water Management, and Regional Food Supply. Nonprofit organizations may submit online letters of inquiry at any time. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines for the Sustainable Environments Program.

Clover Crawl Pictures

April 14th, 2013

Thanks to all who attended Clover Crawl 2013!  It was a lot of fun and a big success.

Four-Legged Gardening

April 2nd, 2013

At our March 2013 Lunch & Learn on Four-Legged Gardending, Sallie Lee, Jefferson County Extension Agent, ACES and Dr. Beth Taylor, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, discussed indoor and outdoor plants that are not safe for pets.

Plants to avoid or use with caution around animals include:

  • Crocus
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen
  • Kalanchoe
  • Lillies (especially tiger, day, Easter & Japanese)
  • Oleander
  • Dieffenbachia “dumbcane”
  • Daffodils
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Tulips & Hyacinths
  • Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • Kalanchoe
  • Poinsettia

As well, watch out for blood meal, bone meal, fertilizers, pesticides, mulch, mushrooms and slug baits.
Plants in your garden that may repel cats & dogs include:

  • Rue
  • Scaredy cat plant
  • Citronella
  • Citrus

Grants for Southeast Environmental Issues

April 2nd, 2013

One of the Merck Family Fund’s goals is to restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come. The Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that address one of the following four priority areas: The Promoting Energy Efficiency program supports state and regional policies in the Northeast and Southeast that provide incentives and subsidies for energy efficiency implementation. The Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land program provides grants for land conservation projects in the Southeastern U.S. The Urban Farming and Youth Leadership program supports initiatives in low-income urban areas in the Northeast that help young people to create urban farms and local markets. The Making Paper Production Sustainable program seeks to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production nationwide. Letters of inquiry may be submitted throughout the year. The upcoming deadline for invited proposals is August 1, 2013. Visit the Fund’s website to learn more about the program areas.

Grants for Bicycle Facilities

March 25th, 2013

Bikes Belong Coalition provides grants:

The goal of the Bikes Belong Coalition, sponsored by the American bicycle industry, is to put more people on bicycles more often. In 2013, the Bikes Belong Coalition is offering Community Partnership Grants, which are designed support partnerships between city or county governments, nonprofit organizations, and local businesses that aim to improve the environment for bicycling in the community.

Grants, ranging from $2,000 to $10,000, are primarily provided for the construction or expansion of bicycle facilities such as bike lanes, trails, and paths as well as advocacy projects that promote bicycling as a safe and accessible mode of transportation.

The application deadline is May 24, 2013. Visit the Coalition’s website to review the application guidelines and download the application form.

Bikes Belong reviews applications three times per year. Applications must be e-mailed by the due date in order to be considered for the ensuing decision date.

Bikes Belong Coalition

Bikes Belong Coalition provides grants for bike lanes, advocacy and more.