2005 Theme Grants

2005 Theme Grants

Native American Educational Technologies (NAET)

Amount: $7000

Project Title: Giving Voice to Gitchi Gumi (Lake Superior): Organizing our Indigenous Homelands

Project Description: Too often the voices of Lake Superior’s Native and Indigenous/rural grassroots people are lost in environmental organizations and left out of decisions affecting aquatic habitats vital to life in the Lake Superior basin.  To meet this need, Native American Educational Technologies will interconnect Lake Superior’s Native American and Indigenous/rural grassroots people by sharing real voices of real people of the Lake Superior watershed through an innovative use of electronic broadcast/organizing and training.  NAET is able to provide web interconnections using live stream and broadcasts to carry the actual voices, photographs, printed word and video/audio clips of rural and Native peoples from community to community to meet the needs of sharing ideas and actions.  This project will allow diverse groups to come into contact with one another for the mutual protection of the aquatic habitats vital for their traditional Indigenous way of life.


Biodiversity Project

Amount: $8000

Project Title: Great Lakes Blog: Connecting Communities on the Web

Project Description: The size of the Great Lakes region makes it difficult to assemble citizens for meetings and action that could protect these treasures.  One way to span the great distances among Great Lakes communities is the expansion of electronic communications.  This project will expand electronic communication by assembling citizens for meetings and action to protect the Great Lakes.  The Great Lakes Web Log (or Blog) resembles the historic town squares where citizens once gathered to hear speakers and pamphleteers offer diverse views and solutions on the issues of the community.  This Blog will help citizens and GLAHNF groups showcase their achievements, broadcast their views, connect with each other and reach the decision-makers whom they seek to educate on the Great Lakes.



Great Lakes State Public Interest Research Groups PIRGs

Amount: $8000

Project Title: Stormwater as a resource in the Great Lakes: Grassroots Communications Tools

Project Description: The Great Lakes ecosystem evolved to use stormwater as a valuable resource.  Unfortunately, development has transformed stormwater into a water quality problem, mainly through increases in impervious surfaces that swiftly carry pollutant-laden stormwater to waterbodies or treatment plants.  Fortunately, new approaches to development that retain and use stormwater on-site are not only environmentally beneficial, but also cost-effective.  The goal of this project is to assist grassroots groups in learning about and effectively communicating new approaches and strategies to development to retain and use stormwater on-site to landowners, developers and decision makers, thus ensuring that low-impact development is a key strategy in improving local and Great Lakes water quality.  This project uses low-impact development to create and disseminate new and innovative information and policy tools about how to reduce or prevent stormwater runoff and the attendant water quality degradation.  We will connect grassroots groups to state, regional and national resources on low-impact development; provide a common framework for identifying stormwater problems; and train groups on effective outreach strategies.


Clean Water Fund

Amount: $7100

Project Title: Grassroots media training

Project Description: Earned media is a key method for grassroots groups to educate the public and decision makers.  However, many citizens’ groups lake the experience to effectively carry out media campaigns, thereby underutilizing or misusing this valuable resource.  To enable citizens’ groups to improve their media skills, Clean Water Fund proposes hosting two media skills trainings for grassroots activists and organizations.  These hands-on trainings will include on-camera interviews, messaging skills and strategy development.  In addition, one-hour consultations with a veteran media expert will be provided to attendees following the trainings in order to ensure that skills learned are implemented effectively.



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