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Ohio EPA Awards $2,200 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Montgomery County Organization

Brookville Local Schools will receive an Ohio EPA grant of $2,200 to expand the school’s outdoor classroom. Twelve projects throughout the state were funded for $46,493.

The grant will provide supplies to add a vegetable garden to the school’s existing outdoor classroom and greenhouse.  Approximately 1,465 students in grades four through 12 will participate in the program. Specific activities are aligned to existing lessons from Project WET, Project WILD and Miami University’s “Fighting Foods” curriculum on plant growth, nutrition, and the flow of energy, nutrients and toxins through food webs and food chains.

An engineering component will have high school students divide the garden into sections and calculate the area and productivity of each plot, using vertical gardening techniques to maximize productivity.  The garden will be used year-round, with indoor germination of seeds and winter hydroponic gardening in the school’s greenhouse. Local student families will maintain the garden during the summer. Some food produced in the garden will be used in the school cafeteria.

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.

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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