2016 Grants (Round 19)
The CWC, in partnership with the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), provides Watershed Education Grants to schools, libraries, museums, vocational institutions and non-profit organizations in the West-of-Hudson (WOH) Watershed and in the five boroughs of New York City. The grants are targeted to Pre-Kindergarten-12th grade audiences and their teachers.
A Special Watershed Program Fund may also be available in any given year for organizations providing programs for Adult and General Audiences that further the goals of the Watershed Public Information and Education Program. Applicants are advised to consult with CWC to determine guidelines and eligibility for both programs.
School groups and others in need of transportation funding for tours and field trips may be interested in a Forestry Bus Tour Grant Program run by the Watershed Agricultural Council.
The purpose of the grant program is to support projects that emphasize the importance of the city’s water supply; the role of watershed residents as stewards of that resource; the ecology of the WOH Watershed and diversity of its aquatic and terrestrial life and habitat; the importance and means of preserving water quality in the Watershed; the unique cultural heritage of the area; the development of the city’s vast water system; and the importance of increasing communication and understanding among residents throughout the NYC water supply system.
Examples of previously funded projects include curriculum development, teacher training, oral history and folklife studies, artistic, theatrical and literary projects on water and environmental themes, scientific and technical research and exploration, service learning initiatives, and visits to Watershed and NYC environmental education centers. Descriptions of field trip sites, in-school environmental education programs and links to organizations and agencies active in this field, as well as other information of interest to educators may be found on theCatskills-NYC Watershed Educators Network website.
Applications are evaluated by a 13-member Public Education Advisory Group (PEAG) made up of teachers and educators from the WOH Watershed and New York City. Their award recommendations must be approved by the CWC Board of Directors and the NYC DEP.
The application deadline for Round 19 has passed. Check back in November 2016 for information on Round 20.