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Ohio EPA Awards $4,150 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Fernald Community Alliance (FCA)
Ohio EPA awarded Fernald Community Alliance (FCA) $4,150 for its “Roadmap to Resolution: Communities, Government and Corporations Solving Complex Challenges” project. Fourteen grants were awarded statewide for a total of $58,345.
The organization will conduct a series of in-depth video interviews that document how productive, collaborative relationships evolved between government, regulators and community members during the 20-year cleanup of the heavily contaminated Fernald uranium processing facility in southwest Ohio. Ultimately, this project will incorporate a website including videos, training sessions, written materials and focused team-building exercises to help stakeholders forge trusting, productive relationships that are integral in successfully solving complex environmental, public health, community planning and resource development challenges.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awards grants each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. General grants are awarded for projects lasting up to 30 months and costing up to $50,000.
Mini grants are available for projects lasting up to 12 months and range from $500 to $5,000. Proposals for classroom projects, conference speakers, and other activities that are eligible under the general grant program are eligible under the mini-grant program, but the application process is streamlined.
For additional information, visit the Ohio Environmental Education Fund or call (614) 644-2873.
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. In the past 40 years, 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. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.