Ohio EPA Awards $4,314 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Owens State Community College

Owens State Community College will use a $4,314 Ohio EPA environmental education mini-grant to improve the energy efficiency of older homes in lower income Toledo neighborhoods. Thirteen projects throughout the state were funded for $50,000.

The Owens State project will replicate a previous successful home energy efficiency seminar at no cost for residents of older homes in low-income neighborhoods of north and east Toledo.

Participants in the four half-day seminars will practice caulking and sealing techniques, heat shrink window installation and exercises comparing purchase and operating costs of various appliances and equipment.

United North and the East Toledo Family Center are collaborating to host the seminars and follow up with participants to share their money- and energy-saving experiences.

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.

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