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Hancock Historical Museum Receives Education Grant from Ohio EPA
Up to 20,000 people annually will have an opportunity to learn historic perspectives about agriculture and the environment with help from a $3,000 Ohio EPA Education grant to the Hancock Historical Museum. Visitors will view exhibits about the area’s agricultural heritage and discuss farming and land stewardship.
Agriculture remains the largest industry in Hancock County, however most residents are several generations removed from the farm. Recent discussions about potential flood mitigation efforts for the Blanchard River and the effects of farming on the Blanchard River watershed highlight different perspectives. This project will explore how people have viewed the different issues over the years and provide a starting point for discussion.
Eight grants were issued statewide for a total of $35,614. The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public and the regulated community.
Eligible grant recipients include environmental groups, public and private schools, colleges and universities, trade or professional organizations, businesses and state and local governments. Letters of intent for the next grant round are due to Ohio EPA no later than July 10, 2017, and applications are due no later than July 17, 2017. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund online or at (614) 644-2873 to discuss project ideas.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.