Update on this fund:

Fundholders Peggy and Bill Birkemeier recently brought us up to date on the activities of their new fund.

Peggy writes: "The first grant recipient of this fund, the UNC Coastal Studies Institute for the Capstone Oyster Mariculture Research project, recently made a presentation to a committee of the NC Legislature about the oyster research project that our little grant helped to fund. The fund was acknowledged at the end of the slide show."  

A PDF of the slideshow is here.

First grant announced

An endowment to support charitable endeavors in the fields of coastal scientific research and environmental education in North Carolina's northeastern counties recently awarded its first grant, according to Bill and Peggy Birkemeier, who founded the fund; and Janet Colegrove, president of the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation (CDCF), which helped with the selection process. CDCF is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

This year’s grant recipient from the Northeastern NC Coastal Research and Environmental Education Fund is the UNC Coastal Studies Institute for the Capstone Oyster Mariculture Research project.

About the Northeastern NC Coastal Research and Environmental Education Fund:

Bill, retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Peggy, retired from NCCF, created the fund to reflect their shared love, interest and appreciation for the challenges of the coastal environment.

The grant was available for project or environmental education outreach efforts in one the following counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell or Washington.

The annual grants process will be announced next summer, and the application will be available at that time online at nccommunityfoundation.org on the CDCF affiliate page.

Those with questions about the new fund or next year's grants process should email Natalie Jenkins Peel, NCCF regional associat, or call her at 252-216-8908.

In the photo on the Currituck-Dare home page are: Bill Birkemeier, Dr. Andy Keeler, Program Head, Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability UNC Coastal Studies Institute; Students: Jerome Allen, Charlotte McEwen, John St. Clair (Camden County student), Michaela Meredith, Dakota Koenigsberg, and Quinton Grady. The students this semester are all from North Carolina and are enrolled full-time at the Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill





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