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$40,000 in grants available for environmental education projects

A free, live webinar on how to apply is set for Oct. 14

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has $40,000 in grant funding available for youth and adult environmental education projects in 2021-22 and will hold a free webinar on Oct. 14 on how to apply. Environmental Education Grants are available to schools, colleges, nonprofit community and environmental organizations, county conservation districts and businesses.

“As this challenging year reinforces, our natural resources play an integral role in Pennsylvanians’ health and quality of life,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “In the field, classroom and community, environmental educators help develop stewards who can make informed decisions and take meaningful action to restore and protect these natural resources today and for future generations of Pennsylvanians.”

Educators can learn how best to apply for grants in a free, live webinar on Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. DEP Environmental Education Director Bert Myers will walk through the application process, offer tips and answer questions. Registration is required.

While all topics are considered for funding, projects that address climate change, environmental justice and water quality are given additional priority consideration.

Project examples include tours, demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences and workshops on stream monitoring, rain gardens, wetlands, green infrastructure and other watershed stewardship; solar and other renewable energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation and otter approaches to addressing climate change; and improving air quality and community and municipal partnerships to address local environmental challenges. For more examples, see the 55 projects that received 2020-21 funding.

Projects with a local focus may receive up to $3,000, and regional or statewide initiatives may receive up to $20,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at the local, state and national levels may be awarded up to $85,000.

Applications must be submitted through eGrants. First-time users will need to register. The application deadline is Dec 11. Instructions are available here.

The Environmental Education Grants program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which mandates setting aside 5 percent of the pollution fines and penalties DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. More than 2,020 organizations have received more than $11 million in grants since the program began.

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