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Ohio EPA Awards Environmental Education Mini Grant to Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners

Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners has received a $4,000 Ohio EPA environmental education mini grant to increase public awareness of the watershed’s size and boundaries. The group was one of 13 Ohio organizations to be awarded Ohio EPA environmental education mini grants totaling $50,000.

Visibly marking a watershed’s boundaries is an effective way to educate residents and visitors about local water resources and the need to protect them. Tinkers Creek Watershed Partners will use the money to develop and place educational signs along roadways in six communities. The signs are part of a larger education effort that will include exhibits at area events, Web pages and fact sheets.

Tinkers Creek is the largest tributary of the Cuyahoga River, draining parts of 24 communities in Portage, Geauga, Summit and Cuyahoga counties. The stream is approximately 30 miles long and its drainage area encompasses 96.4 square miles.

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 by 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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