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Ohio EPA Awards Grant to Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District

Ohio EPA has awarded an environmental education mini grant to the Mahoning Soil and Water Conservation District for a middle school environmental education program. The group was among 12 Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) mini grants totaling $46,493.

The conservation district will use its $1,168 grant to fund the Mahoning County Junior Envirothon – a hands-on environmental education program for area middle school students. Approximately 20 teams of students will spend a day outdoors testing their knowledge on aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife, soils and current environmental issues. Utilizing teamwork and critical thinking, they will examine evidence from five learning stations, interpret data and answer competition questions. The program is based on the highly-regarded Ohio Envirothon competition for high school students.

OEEF 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.

For more information, contact the 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.

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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.


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