Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rockfall Foundation Seeking Grant Proposals

From the Rockfall Foundation

The Rockfall Foundation invites grant proposals from nonprofit organizations, towns, and schools to support environmental education, conservation and planning projects in Middlesex County. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 11, 2010 and awards will be announced in mid-February, 2011.

            "Rockfall grants often serve as catalysts for imaginative ways to preserve our natural environment while enhancing the quality of life for all county residents,"  according to Rockfall Grants Chairman, Anthony P. Marino. "Grant selections also often reflect Rockfall's focus on grassroots programs, particularly those that encourage residents to spend more time outside and better understand the county's natural resources and unique character."

            Of special interest are: projects for youth that integrate activities with local, standards-based curricula; projects that encourage community growth that is in harmony with the environment; and internship projects with measurable outcomes for college students. Priority will be given to projects that serve as models throughout Middlesex County, explains Marino.

            All those who are interested in submitting a proposal are invited to an informal grants informational workshop on Tuesday, October 19th from 5 - 6 p.m. at the deKoven House Community Center. 

      Detailed guidelines and eligibility requirements as well as a grant application can be obtained from the foundation's website, www.rockfallfoundation.org, or by calling the Foundation's office at 860-347-0340.  To register for the workshop, or for additional information about Rockfall grants, contact Virginia R. Rollefson, Executive Director, vrr@rockfallfoundation.org, or phone  (860) 347-0340. 

            The Rockfall Foundation supports environmental education, conservation programs and planning initiatives in Middlesex County. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010, it is one of Connecticut's oldest environmental organizations. Rockfall's mission is to be a catalyst-- bringing people together and supporting organizations to conserve and enhance the county's natural environment.

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