Nebraska Environmental Trust Announces Geo Points
In a continuing effort to support natural resource projects across Nebraska, the board of the Nebraska Environmental Trust will award bonus points to 2016 grant applicants in only one of the seven geographical areas across the state. The geographical map of Nebraska showing the seven districts can be seen on the Trust website at: www.environmentaltrust.org .
Projects based in District 6 (North Central) will be eligible for 20 bonus points in the 2017 grant cycle.
By law, the Nebraska Environmental Trust is required to ensure a geographic mix of projects over time. Geographic bonus points allow the Trust board to evaluate which areas are in need of Trust grant funds and provide an incentive to increase applications from deficient areas. District 6 has received $22,902,997 since Trust grants began in 1994.
Public Information and Education (PIE) Grant
The Nebraska Academy of Sciences received a grant from the Nebraska Environmental Trust (Trust) to administer the Public Information and Education Grants program previously managed by the Trust. The Academy is excited about the opportunity to work with the Trust in administering these mini-grants.
The grant program seeks to expand dialogue on important conservation topics and to provide information on emerging or highly useful conservation methods. The Academy took over administration of the PIE MiniGrant program since the fourth quarter of 2009.
Benefits of the PIE MiniGrants include:
- Simplified Application: Complete a PIE MiniGrant Application-- two forms and a written project narrative.
- Grant Funding up to $3000: PIE MiniGrants have a limit of $3000 for each grant.
- Quarterly Grant Cycle: The Academy will accept applications and announce new PIE MiniGrants on a quarterly basis.
The MiniGrant program is open to all applicants, public or private. Project eligibility is determined according to the standards established by Nebraska law for the program. Funding is not available under this program for projects which have been completed prior to the award.
To apply for a PIE Minigrant contact The Nebraska Academy of Sciences, 302 Morrill Hall, 14th and U Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0339. Forms are also available on the website: www.neacadsci.org Click on the PIE grant link. Be sure to check the calendar for quarterly application deadlines. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline date to be considered.
Trust Funding Categories
The Trust Board discussed in depth the suggestions and comments that came from the three Funding Categories Roundtable Meetings conducted in North Platte, Lincoln and Omaha as well the Survey Forms that were returned and concluded NOT to make any changes to the existing categories or their descriptions. As such, these Categories (Habitat, Surface and Groundwater, Waste Management, Soil Management and Air Quality) will remain in effect until 2020.
During deliberation it was concluded that the existing categories were broad enough to encompass most of the ideas and suggestions that were brought up during the Roundtable meetings. The Categories and descriptions were not limiting applications; they simply outline the general funding categories the Trust funds.
For further information, contact the Trust office for questions or clarification.
Defense Fund Policy
The Trust requires grantees obtaining conservation easements with Trust funds to establish a defense fund containing at least 10% of the easement’s value. The 10% can be included in the grant application, as it is an eligible expense. The fund is to be used in the future to defend the conservation easement, but the fund can also be used for monitoring the easement.
Government agencies, including Natural Resources Districts, would not be required to set aside defense funds. Government entities would be obligated to defend conservation easements held by them and a separate fund was unnecessary.
2015 Nebraska Environmental Trust Annual Report
The 2015 Annual Report was published in January 2016. The 2015 grant awards marked an incredible milestone for Nebraska Environmental Trust. Over $250 million has been awarded to more than 1,900 projects all across Nebraska.
Click on the links on the left to view the Annual Report in PDF format. You can also view the complete report in one file by clicking here.