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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Barnesville Hospital Association

Ohio EPA has awarded a $5,000 environmental education mini grant to the Barnesville Hospital Association Inc. to help residents of Belmont and Monroe counties learn more about the human health and environmental threats from mercury and to exchange thermometers containing mercury for safer ones. Twelve projects throughout the state were funded for $46,493.

The exchange program will be promoted at well-attended local community events, such as the Barnesville Business Showcase, Pumpkin Festival and Belmont and Monroe County Fairs. Additionally, the program will coincide with Barnesville Hospital's semi-annual Pharmaceutical Take Back Days. The Ohio Hospital Association and Belmont-Jefferson Solid Waste District are collaborating on the project.

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 Jan. 15, 2013.  An electronic letter of intent to apply is due on Jan. 8.

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.

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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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