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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant for Lawrence County Native Plant Landscaping
Ohio EPA has awarded a $5,000 environmental education mini grant to Ironton in Bloom Inc. to help pay for a native plant landscaping project at the St. Mary's Medical Campus in Lawrence County. Thirteen projects throughout the state were funded for $50,000.
Ohio EPA’s grant will help Ironton in Bloom enhance a walkway with a garden demonstration to teach the public about the benefits of native plants in gardening and landscaping. The project will occur in a highly visible area located at the medical facility on community-owned property. Interpretive signs, publications and videotaped local workshops will educate residents and passers-by about the positive relationship between native plant species and native pollinators and the negative impacts of non-native and invasive plant species. Project collaborators include the Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization, Iron Furnace Cooperative Weed Management Area, Ohio University-Southern Campus and Porterbrook Native Plants.
The Ohio Environmental Education Fund gives out approximately $1 million each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. General grants are given 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 costing between $500 and $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. Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education reserves up to $50,000 each grant round to fund projects submitted under this program. Just like the general grant program, there are two mini-grant rounds each year, with the next application deadline on July 16, 2012. An electronic letter of intent to apply is due on July 9.
For more information, contact Ohio EPA's Office of Environmental Education at (614) 644-2873. Staff is available to assist potential grant applicants who contact the office before the submission deadline. Information also is available online.