Small Grants for Collaborative Problem Solving

The goal of the Anthropology and Environment Society Small Grants Program is to foster collaboration among practicing and academic anthropologists, grassroots activists, and/or organizations and inspire innovative solutions to environmental issues.  The small grants program is particularly interested in projects that facilitate communication and brainstorming between groups or that lead to program or institution building necessary to form innovative solutions.  Proposals may address local, national or global concerns, issues, or problems.

Eligibility

Members of the American Anthropology Association who also belong to the Anthropology and Environment Society are eligible to apply. Please visit www.aaanet.org for details on joining the Association, dues, and details on the benefits of membership.

Proposals may request from $100 to $2,000 and must address clearly defined activities or projects.  Eligible projects include but are not limited to: 1) organization of workshops or symposia; 2) pilot projects to disseminate information; 3) projects to assist in program or institution building on environmental problem-solving.  Proposals that include matching funds are encouraged.

Proposals to organize workshops and symposia at professional conferences are eligible as long as those workshops include representatives of organizations addressing environmental issues or problems. Requests by A&E members for travel and/or per diem funds to attend professional meetings are NOT eligible, but proposals for workshops may request such funds for activists or representatives of organizations who could not otherwise afford to participate.

Conflict of Interest Statement

All A&E award committees follow NSF guidelines regarding potential conflict of interest between applicants and reviewers.

Deadline

The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2014. Please send proposals in the following format to Jeffrey Johnson (johnsonje@ecu.edu).

Proposal Format (Project description may be 1 page; other sections should be no longer than ½ page)

Application Cover Page. Give the name, organization/department, address, and phone number of the project contact person, and their AAA membership number.  State the title of the project and the total amount in the requested budget.

Summary.   Briefly summarize the need or problem, the aims, objectives and goals and the solution to which you aim to contribute with this proposal.

Statement of Problem.  Explain the issue(s) being addressed, describing literature, previous projects, and evidence as needed.  Indicate any other funding sources already explored, awarded or pending.

Project Description. This section should consist of three parts.  A) Objectives : describe the general and specific intents or outcomes of the project. List no more than three objectives, with one sentence describing each.  B) Methods : include the specific activities that will take place to achieve the objectives. Provide a detailed description of what will occur, and why you have chosen these methods. C) Timeline: describe and/or graphically depict the order and timing for the tasks.

Project Personnel. Describe the personnel who will be involved in the project, including their titles, qualifications, and specific assignments in the project. Explain if volunteers, consultants, or technicians will be involved in the project. Indicate who will administer the project.

Budget Explanation. Provide justification for budget items, including explanations of how calculations. Explain any unusual line items in the budget.  You may also identify other contributions in this section, such as your time, resources of your department, etc.

Project Assessment or Evaluation. Explain how the project will be evaluated in relation to accomplishment of the objectives. After the project is completed, these results will be reported in the final report which is due by 31 December of the following year.

Conclusion.  Call attention to the future, after the grant is completed. Will the project carry on? Outline any follow-up activities. Finally, make a concluding appeal for your project and why it is important.

History of the Grant

2012 Awards

Joshua Griffin’s project  “Towards an Environmental History of Kivalina, Alaska: A Collaborative Ethnography of Place, in Support of Climate-Induced Relocation” was awarded $2000.

2011 Awards

Shannon Dosemagen and Sara Wylie (PLOTS) were awarded $2,000 for sensors, Arduino boards, and data loggers for their project Affordable Hydrogen Sulfide Sensing for Gas Patch Safety.

Rebecca Zarger (University of South Florida) was awarded $1,500 for printing/distribution of student workshops and teacher manuals for her project Sharing and Sustaining Maya Environmental Heritage in Southern Belize.

2010 Awards

Karl Hoerig for his proposal ($2,000) “Coordinating Efforts to Perpetuate Western Apache Environmental Knowledge” (USA).

Kristin Vander-Molen for her proposal ($2,000) “Of Hurricanes and Hot Peppers: Bringing Local Legends back to Cotacachi’s children” (Ecuador).

2009 Awards

Tracie Heidt for a short film to spread solutions to the environmental problems of drought, deforestation and famine in East Africa.

Gina Drew for Rainwater Harvesting for Sustainable Livelihoods in Garhwal, Himalaya.

Keri Brondo and Kathryn Hicks for Environmental Justice Workshops in Southwest Memphis.

2008 Awards

Catie Burlando ($750) for facilitating dissemination of Pikangikum elders´ vision in Canada.

Cristy Watkins ($750) for Karujubu Sub-County Fuel Energy Conservation project in Uganda.

Linda D´Amico ($750) for a journalism workshop with INTAG newspaper regarding human rights and conservation in the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Maria Gutierrez and Ian Fry ($750) for a Guide to Land Use and Forestry under UNFCCC.

2007 Awards

Dana Powell ($1000), University of North Carolina and Dine CARE, Navajo Nation, Arizona; contributing to a web site and workshops at local colleges in the Navajo region to raise awareness of the environmental problems of the proposed Desert Rock Energy Project and energy development projects in general.

Jim Igoe ($1000), University of Colorado; contributing to a Washington DC workshop to discuss and bridge the conflicts between conservation and human rights, including representatives of USAID and conservation NGOs as well as anthropologists from academia.

Felice Wyndham ($1000), University of British Columbia and Consejo EcoRegional Sierra Tarahumara; contributing to implementation of innovative records-sharing mechanisms between academic researchers and community/indigenous researcher in Sierra Tarahumara, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Melissa Checker ($500), City University of New York; contributes toward workshops that will enable residents to develop a plan for relocation and Brownfield redevelopment of a site within their chemically-polluted neighborhood of Hyde Park in Augusta, Georgia.

Krista Harper ($500), University of Massachusetts at Amherst, contributes to a project using community-based digital filmmaking to generate knowledge about and responses to environmental inequalities in a Bonari Gypsy community in Borsod County, northern Hungary.

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