About Incentives, Grants, Funds & Awards

March 26, 2007 at 11:41 pm 22 comments

Dialogue and link recommendations concerning green incentives, grants, funds & awards available to members of the community.


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  • 1. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Green schools award program in MD:

    Applications for 2007 awards available online: http://www.maeoe.org/docs/GSapplication07.doc.
    Postmark deadline April 17.

    Recognizes Maryland schools that include environmental education in the curricula, model best management practices at the school and address community environmental issues.



    Previous “Green School Award” winners at:


  • 2. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 1:49 am

    Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP) – meant to help consumers and businesses obtain the info they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.


  • 3. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 1:58 am

    MD State Solar energy grants & incentives

    Monies still available through 2007 for businesses, individuals & local governments in MD state.



    Grant Program Q & A http://www.energy.state.md.us/programs/renewable/solargrant/Questions_and_Answers.pdf

  • 4. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:13 am

    Federal Government EPACT “Green Building/ Renovation” Credits for Consumers and Businesses


  • 5. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 2:14 am

    Federal Solar Tax Credits FAQ


  • 6. loisgreencity  |  April 5, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts administers the following grant programs:

    1) Comcast Believe in Your Neighborhood Program- grants awarded twice a year, in Feb & June, up to $1000 to Baltimore City neighborhood associations and community based, nonprofit organizations in need of extra money to fund activities such as festivals, fundraisers, street fairs and concerts. The activities must be of value to residents and open to the public.

    Deadline for projects through Dec is June 1. http://www.promotionandarts.com/resources/up356.aspx

    2) Baltimore Arts & Humanities Grants- grants awarded to community arts projects, general funding projects, & individual artists. Application deadline for 2007 grants has passed.


    3) Creative Baltimore Fund Grants – these were awarded for 2006 only using the City’s General Surplus fund for FY ’05


    Free Fall Baltimore — project of the Creative Baltimore Fund (described above).

    Click each grant for details and application information.

    For additional information, call 410-752-8632.

  • 7. loisgreencity  |  April 6, 2007 at 1:32 am

    Youth Service Awards Program

    Provides various grants for young people throughout the year.

    Currently accepting applications for YSA Youth Venture Program – for young people (ages 12-20) who want to create new, sustainable, civic-minded organizations, clubs or businesses called Ventures. Offers seed money funding of up to $1,000 for start-up expenses. May 14th deadline.


    Recently gave young people the opportunity to apply for “Red, White & Green” grants of up to $500 for projects promotiing awareness of climate change.

    Sign up to receive updates of future Youth Service Award grants & look out for more environment-related grants in the future:


  • 8. loisgreencity  |  April 7, 2007 at 10:38 am

    National Environmental Contests/ Awards for Kids throughout the year: see listings


  • 9. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    Smart Growth Resource Library

    Community Greening Grant Program — 2007 Call for Entries
    Community Greening Grants avaiable through the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Community Greening Initiative –

    Grants up to $50,000 avaliable to local governments and/or non-profit organizations working in cooperation with local governments for on-the ground restoration activities that support the implementation of an adopted plan to green communities in Maryland.


  • 10. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    Environmental Fund for MD

    An alliance of more than twenty non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving, protecting and sustaining Maryland’s natural heritage. EFM was formed in 1993 to raise awareness and funds for its member organizations by gaining participation in public and private workplace giving campaigns so that donors could support Maryland’s environment through payroll deduction.


  • 11. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:21 pm

    Open Society Institute – Baltimore


    Focuses on five related areas: drug addiction treatment, criminal justice, workforce & economic development, education and youth development, and access to justice.

    It also sponsors a Community Fellowship program and the Baltimore Urban Debate League and hosts community-based projects of national OSI programs, such as the The Soros Service Program for Community Health. In addition to awarding grants, programs convene educational forums to bring together a diverse and representative cross section of the region to learn about local and national developments in each field and to consider the connections among challenges facing the city.

    Has provided grants to a # of community based environmental projects through the Fellowship program.

  • 12. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Baltimore Community Foundation


    Helps donors plan and carry out their charitable giving in Baltimore and beyond; distributes grants which anticipate as well as respond to community needs; & works to build a civic endowment, a permanent source of philanthropic funding for the greater Baltimore region.

    BCF also works in partnership with other foundations, public agencies and the business sector, bringing a consistent voice of leadership to critical civic issues.

    BCF is the fourth largest grantmaker among Maryland ’s charitable foundations. In 2006, BCF distributed $29 million to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the Baltimore region and beyond. With assets of $176 million, BCF comprises more than 500 different charitable funds.

    Environment Path: Funding for environment is one of nine areas in which BCF focuses its strategic grantmaking. Funding available from BCF’s Environment Path is derived from endowments and contributions entrusted by donors to BCF for this or unrestricted purposes.


  • 13. loisgreencity  |  April 9, 2007 at 12:21 am

    Arts in Communities Grant – next deadline April 18, 2007
    through Maryland State Arts Council

    Not-for-profit Maryland organizations may apply for support of arts activities that will take place in Maryland. Eligibility is limited to organizations that have not already been awarded MSAC funding for activities taking place in the same fiscal year.

    Application materials & more info available at:


  • 14. loisgreencity  |  April 12, 2007 at 6:44 pm

    Maryland Humanities Council

    A non-profit educational organization that promotes public humanities programming throughout the state of Maryland.

    Pretty extensive calendar of public humanities programs throughout the year:


    Administers two grant programs, including

    1. Opportunities grants (requests for funds of $1,200 or less/ considered on a rolling basis throughout the year)

    2. Major grants– requests for $1,201 to $10,000. Proposals submitted twice a year.

    For more details:


  • 15. loisgreencity  |  April 12, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Monday, April 16, 2007 (3:30 p.m)
    Enoch Pratt Free Library Pennsylvania Branch

    A representative of Parks and People will talk about grant opportunities available for neighborhood greening and park maintenance projects.


  • 16. loisgreencity  |  April 13, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Enoch Pratt Free Library

    One of the oldest public free library systems in the US.

    Resources of the Central Library are unparalleled throughout the State. Extensive historical collection; huge free movie rental collection; customized demographic charting and mapping of Maryland census information; Government Reference Service providing research for Maryland State government agencies; subject and age-level specialists; and more. The children’s Dept with fountain, fish pond, planetarium-like “Night Room” is a must-see!

    Also houses a Grants Collection which is a cooperating collection of the Foundation Center as well as an affiliate library of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. It contains databases, over 300 circulating titles, reference materials and periodicals about grantseeking and grantmaking, nonprofit management, and related subjects. The EPFL provides free access to these materials and also gives classes and presentations of grant seeking, grant making and related subjects throughout the year.

    Creative educational and film programming also available here and at twenty-two branches additional branches throughout the city.


  • 17. loisgreencity  |  May 9, 2007 at 11:49 pm


    Deadline: May 25

    The Partners in Arts Education Grant Programs goals include improving teaching and learning in the arts by advancing high-quality, sustainable partnerships between community-based arts education organizations and public schools in specific geographic areas; Baltimore being amongst those selected. In 2007, the project will: Award grants of up to $20,000 to support exemplary CSA-public school partnerships during the 2007/2008 school year. The application deadline is May 25, 2007. Distribute Profiles in Excellence, case studies of exemplary arts education partnerships, and present a two-day arts education partnership training in conjunction with the 2007 Conference for Community Arts Education in Los Angeles, CA, November 9 & 10.

    Grant application guidelines are available at http://www.nationalguild.org/programs/partners.htm

  • 18. loisgreencity  |  May 17, 2007 at 6:09 pm

    Parks & People Foundation’s Community Grants Program –


    Deadline for submissions is July 27, 2007

    Neighborhood Greening (up to $1,000; larger projects considered) and Partnerships for Parks grants ($500-$5,000) are awarded to community groups, schools, park friends groups, and faith-based organizations that wish to conduct greening projects in their community and/or improve city parks.

    For June training dates & info (June 26 & June 28–latter training is mandatory for new Fall 2007 grant applicants), see: http://parksandpeople.org/programs_great_grants_training.html

    For more info contact Kari Smith at 410-448-5663, ext. 109.

  • 19. loisgreencity  |  May 22, 2007 at 12:29 am

    Various grants and loans available to help Baltimore families live in lead safe homes:. See:


  • 20. dougretzler  |  May 29, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Information & links to envoronmental education-related grants
    North American Association of Environmental Education

  • 21. loisgreencity  |  May 31, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Workforce Shortage Student Assistant Grants available in Maryland state:

    Available to help students pursue the careers of their choice and to help Maryland attract and retain qualified workers in fields that need employees. Available to current high school seniors, full-time and part-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an eligible accredited Maryland postsecondary institution The program encompasses fields such as teaching, nursing, child care providers, and physical and occupational therapists.

    Deadline was initially June 1st but has been extended so long as funding for this program exists. For more info, call (410) 260-4500 or see:



  • 22. loisgreencity  |  June 22, 2007 at 5:38 pm

    Healthy Sprouts Awards 2007- deadline Oct 15, 2007 (postmark date)


    Schools or organizations which plan to garden in 2008 with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18 are eligible. The selection of winners is based on the demonstrated relationship between the garden program and nutrition and hunger issues in the United States.

    This year we will present awards to 20 schools or organizations. Each program will receive:

    -gift certificates towards the purchase of gardening materials from sponsoring company, Gardener’s Supply.

    The top 5 will each receive a certificate valued at $500; 15 more will each receive a $200 gift certificate

    -NGA’s Eat a Rainbow Kit, chock full of engaging taste education and nutrition lessons
    -25 packets of seeds
    -a literature package from NGA (includes The Little Book of Expert Tips, The Book of Tomatoes, The Book of Lettuce and Greens, Steps to a Bountiful Kids’ Garden, and the Growing Ideas quarterly newsletter)
    -NGA Supporter benefits for one year.


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