Conservation GIS Funding Opportunity
amy at greeninfo.org
Tue Oct 12 17:07:55 EDT 1999
Amy Karon, CTSP: 415-979-0343 x306
Charles Convis, ESRI: 909-793-2853 x2488
Forrest Whitt, Hewlett Packard: 208-396-4018
Conservation and environmental non-profit organizations seeking to use
computer mapping technology can apply now for Conservation Technology
Support Program (CTSP) grants of computers, software and
training. Approximately 50 grant packages are available, using computers
and printers donated by Hewlett Packard Company, and Geographic Information
Systems (GIS) software by Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc.
(ESRI) and Clark Labs.
Interested groups should review the application guidelines at
http://www.ctsp.org. Applications are due January 7, 2000 and decisions
will be made by mid-April 2000. To be considered, an organization must be
U.S.-based and have tax exempt status. International groups with U.S.
sponsors may be eligible and should refer to the CTSP guidelines on the web
site. All groups, be sure to check the news update link on the CTSP home
page to get the latest information on software additions to the grant packages.
FULL PRESS RELEASE:
Conservation, sustainable development, and environmental justice non-profit
organizations seeking to use computer mapping technology can apply now for
grants of computer equipment and specialized software. The Conservation
Technology Support Program (CTSP) announced the release of guidelines for
its 2000 Geographic Information Systems Grants, which will be awarded in
April 2000 to approximately 50 groups. Applications are due January 7, 2000.
To receive the guidelines and application, interested conservation groups
should visit the CTSP web site at http://www.ctsp.org. To be considered,
an organization must be U.S.-based and have tax exempt status. Some
international groups with U.S. sponsors may also be eligible and should
refer to the CTSP guidelines. All groups, be sure to check the news update
link on the CTSP home page to get the latest information on software
additions to the grant packages.
The CTSP program is sponsored by Hewlett Packard Company (HP),
Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI). HP contributes
computers, printers and other equipment, while ESRI and Clark Labs together
contribute mapping software, data and training. CTSP is one of the few
technology granting programs in the U.S. to offer extensive training and
support along with equipment and software. "CTSP has been extremely
effective," said HP's Forrest Whitt, "because it recognizes that
non-profits doing computer mapping need training, support and connection to
a community as much as they need technology tools."
The CTSP is focused on helping groups use Geographic Information Systems
(GIS), a rapidly growing technology that can better show the location of
issues in relation to information about those issues. For example, using
GIS, a conservation group could identify the habitat of endangered species
and analyze the impact of public land use policies to determine the best
course of balancing conservation and development. "GIS is an essential
tool for any group working to protect species or places", said Charles
Convis, the head of ESRI's Conservation Program. "Providing this tool to
non-profits helps level the playing field and leads to better public
Established in 1995, CTSP has awarded nearly $6 million in grants to about
260 conservation organizations throughout the United States. "We're
looking for groups that can make a real difference with GIS," said Larry
Orman, the CTSP coordinator. "It doesn't matter if they're large or small
groups -- they just have to be committed to conservation goals and willing
to use the technology we're offering".
CTSP is managed by a board of directors consisting of representatives from:
The Technology Project (Helena, MT), ESRI (Redlands, CA), GreenInfo Network
(San Francisco, CA), Interrain Pacific (Portland, OR), Pacific Biodiversity
Institute (Winthrop, WA), The Rockefeller Technology Project (New York,
NY), Sierra Biodiversity Institute (North San Juan, CA), and The Wilderness
Society, Northwest Office (Seattle, WA).
CTSP SUCCESS STORIES:
Examples of groups receiving recent CTSP grants include:
Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition -- This alliance of 15 organizations
uses conservation biology to protect wooded lands in the Southern
Appalachians, focusing especially on identifying the last wild areas and
developing protection strategies for them.
People for Puget Sound With over 2,100 miles of shoreline, the State of
Washington's Puget Sound has remarkable natural resources. People for
Puget Sound is using GIS to coordinate citizen efforts to protect and
steward shoreline areas.
Northern California/Forest protection cluster -- Four conservation groups
were given multiple CTSP grants to enhance their work to save old-growth
areas of Northwest California (groups included the North Coast
Environmental Center, Institute for Sustainable Forestry, the Environmental
Protection Information Center, and the Salmon River Restoration Trust and
the Trees Foundation).
New York Public Interest Research Group -- NYPIRG has created the Community
Mapping Assistance Project (CMAP), which supports a wide range of groups in
the New York area on projects ranging from analysis of voting patterns to
patterns of lead and other pollution.
Dine' Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment -- Dine' CARE is an advocacy
organization working within the Navajo Nation to provide technical
assistance to local communities that are opposing economic development
projects not planned locally and which have negative impacts on local
Sitka Conservation Society The Sitka Conservation Society works to protect
the natural environment of the Tongass Forest and surrounding waters of
Southeast Alaska. The recipient of two CTSP grants, SCS also serves as a
center of GIS activity in southeast Alaska and has produced maps for
numerous other local and regional organizations
Bastrop County Environmental Council -- Based in Texas, this small,
all-volunteer group has made impressive use of GIS in promoting lifestyle
and policy decisions that foster sustainable regional development and
protect Bastrop County's natural resources.
The Nature Conservancy/Great Lakes Program Since 1992, the Great Lakes
Program has compiled and analyzed detailed natural heritage data in order
to select and prioritize key sites that, as a whole, can sustain the
biodiversity of the Great Lakes region over the long term.
Peregrine Fund Harpy Project Focusing on the most powerful eagle in the
world, this international organization is creating local systems to protect
Harpy Eagles in Venezuela and Panama.
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Amy Karon, Program Manager
GreenInfo Network 201 Mission St, 4th Floor San Francisco, CA 94105
tel (415) 979-0343 x306 fax (415) 979-0371 email: amy at greeninfo.org
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