Funds available for educational projects related to our mission

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The Council works to educate Exxon Valdez region youth about the environmentally safe operation of the Alyeska terminal and associated tankers. Working with area youth is vital to fight complacency that can arise if new generations of citizens are not continually reminded of the need for ongoing oil spill prevention.

To support this effort, the Council is inviting proposals for facilitating learning experiences with Exxon Valdez oil spill region youth.

  •  Submittal Deadline 11:59 p.m. on May 23, 2022
  • Award Announcement by July 31, 2022

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About this project

In 2022, PWSRCAC is particularly seeking experienced educators to support ongoing improvements to our available educational materials. Specific skills sought include Unit Design, Inclusive/Universal Design, and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. The existing educational materials can be accessed in our Lesson Bank. If you are an educator with experience in these topics, please contact education@pwsrcac.org to discuss possible project ideas.

Past and ongoing projects have included:

  • youth stewardship expeditions into the marine environment via sea kayak and other vessels
  • youth monitoring for aquatic invasive species
  • public oil spill science discovery labs
  • oil spill science and technology outreach
  • oil spill education website development
  • K-12 oil spill curriculum writing and testing
  • travel funding for youth presenting oil spill projects at conferences
  • oral history projects related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill
  • other marine stewardship programs for students with an oil spill connection

More information about past projects

To submit proposals:

For full instructions on how to submit your proposal, please download the full Request for Proposals:

Request For Proposals - Youth Involvement Due June 30 2023 (0.2 MB)

Questions recieved about this RFP:

Q1: I’ve been working on getting student research going a bit more at the college and have a couple of ideas for projects… is student research like this something that would fit into this funding?
A1: The committee has expressed interest in funding more projects for this age level [college and young adult].

Q2: I’m wondering if it might be feasible to propose a “research program” instead of exact individual projects.
A2: In the past we have funded pilot projects and requested more detailed plans at appropriate touchpoints as part of the project deliverables. This allows for specifics to be determined after contract is awarded, as details coalesce.

Q3: I foresee employing students at the college here to help deliver the project. How would this work with the business requirements (workers comp, insurance) and payment for the contract?
A3: Language from the contract states, “the Vendor shall maintain a policy of workers’ compensation and employers’ liability insurance as required by law.” Please note that “as required by law” will depend on your business structure. It is possible to use students as subcontractors – which needs to be disclosed in your application.
This is a deliverables-based contract, so funding is dispersed once all the agreed upon deliverables are complete. If this is prohibitive for your project, please contact education@pwsrcac.org to discuss other options.

More about the Council and our mission:

There are two deadlines each year to submit proposals for funding. You may subscribe to our email list for new Requests for Proposals to receive notifications when new requests for proposals, including the Youth Involvement project, are issued by the Council.

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