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Environmental Education Mini Grants Awarded to Six Organizations throughout Ohio
Grants to benefit projects in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Geauga, Hamilton, Lorain, Lucas, Medina, Montgomery, Ottawa, Portage, and Summit Counties
Six Ohio organizations are receiving Ohio EPA Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) mini grants for projects focused on environmental education. The grants are being awarded statewide for a total of $19,594.
The grant recipients, grant amounts, and project descriptions are:
- Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, in Lucas and Ottawa counties, is receiving $3,600 to host three workshops in 2022 that will provide training to teachers on the Healthy Water, Healthy People curriculum, field monitoring techniques, networking with professionals, and future partnering efforts between resource professionals and schools.
- Ohio Wetland Association, in Franklin County, is receiving $945 to integrate Project WET, Wetlands, and H2Ohio into the 7th grade curriculum at St. Brigid of Kildare School. This project will bring together existing resources and create a cohesive learning module to instruct students on core content and multiple water concerns being addressed in Ohio.
- Clean Fuels Ohio, in Cuyahoga, Franklin, Hamilton, and Montgomery counties, is receiving $5,000 to educate attendees on eMobility at various Ohio auto shows.
- Medina Soil and Water Conservation District, in Medina County, is receiving $750 to provide educational tools to students, non-profits, and the general public to examine macroinvertebrates in streams.
- KIPP Columbus – KIPP Columbus High, in Franklin County, is receiving $4,299 to educate the campus community about the importance of habitat restoration efforts to the recovering ecosystem on campus. These efforts are designed to increase biodiversity and improve air and water quality.
- Tinker’s Creek Watershed Partners, in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lorain, Portage, and Summit counties, is receiving $5,000 to expand education programs to discourage cigarette butt litter and install five cigarette butt recycling stations.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund provides grants each year for environmental education projects serving kindergarten through university students, the public, and the regulated community. OEEF grants are funded with a portion of the civil penalties Ohio EPA collects for violations of Ohio’s air and water pollution control laws.
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 Jan. 11, 2022, and applications are due no later than Jan. 18, 2022. 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.