2/13/14
PUBLIC INTEREST CENTER: (614) 644-2160
MEDIA CONTACT: Heidi Griesmer
CITIZEN CONTACT: Mary McCarron

Ohio EPA Announces New Grant Application Opportunities for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF)

Potential applicants for the Ohio Environmental Education Fund grants can now view guidelines online and should plan to submit a letter of intent (LOI) to apply by March 4, 2014, and a complete application by March 11.

Application guidelines are posted for the spring and summer 2014 grant cycles. The LOI and application can be completed in the OEEF grant service in Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center.

The LOI should include contact information for the project director and a short description of the proposed project. OEEF staff will normally approve LOIs and assign a grant application number within one business day, allowing applicants to begin entering their application information in the OEEF grant service. Applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. on March 11. The next application cycle will have an LOI deadline of July 8 and an application deadline of July 15.

OEEF application guidelines are written to align education projects with Ohio EPA’s regulatory priorities and environmental issues of current concern. During 2014, the OEEF has four targeted areas of focus:

  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the use of innovative storm water management practices;
  • projects that demonstrate and encourage the reduction of air emissions, including, but not limited to, promotion of alternative modes of transportation;
  • projects that encourage and explain the importance of habitat restoration efforts to increase biodiversity and improve air and water quality; and
  • targeted efforts to encourage nutrient management practices, including, but not limited to, awareness campaigns to reduce nutrient loadings to rivers and streams from urban and rural areas.

Ohio EPA encourages prospective applicants to contact the OEEF staff at (614) 644-2873 or oeef@epa.ohio.gov to discuss project ideas and request staff review of draft proposals before the submittal deadline.

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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. Since then, 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.


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