Sunday, January 6, 2013

Sustainability tech grants available

West Virginia communities interested in advancing their sustainability goals can apply for min-grants through the Sustainability Institute at Bridemont Community and Technical College and the West Virginia Sustainable Communities (WVSC) program.
 A limited number of small grants will be awarded for technical assistance only.  This includes professional services such as architectural/engineering, marketing/branding and meeting facilitation.  Construction, travel, printing, administrative, equipment and overhead expenses are not eligible.
 The WVSC program was launched by the state Department of Environmental Protection in 2006 to send young people from diverse backgrounds to work with rural communities across the state in order to further community-based sustainability efforts.
 Projects should correspond to one or more areas of emphasis such as architectural services to incorporate sustainable design and energy efficiency into an historical building renovation project; hiring a consultant to develop a business plan or feasibility study for a new recycling program; landscape design to incorporate water conservation, native vegetation, and local art into a greenway trail, or community park project; engaging a professional facilitator for a sustainability planning process or to update an existing plan; and, hiring a consultant to develop a "buy local" campaign.
Eligible applicants range from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations to grassroots organizations working with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor to local government agencies and quasi-governmental entities.
Applications are due by Jan. 15.  Grants will be awarded in mid-February.  Completed applications must be submitted to jdurant@bridgemont.edu.
Info: Jamie Lyn Durant, 304-734-6710 or jdurant@bridgemont.edu.
Durant is available to review and provide feedback on draft proposals submitted prior to Monday.

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