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Ohio EPA Awards $5,000 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Hubbard School District
An Ohio Environmental Education Fund mini grant will help Hubbard Exempted Village Schools introduce a new land lab to students and their families in a series of environmental science programs. Twelve projects throughout the state were funded for $46,493.
The school district is building a new kindergarten through 12th grade campus that includes five acres of an adjacent 25-2,100 students will use for hands-on environmental and science education. The grant will provide monitoring equipment for high school chemistry students to measure soil moisture and turbidity, as well as supplies for daytime and nighttime nature observation by students.
The family environmental science programs also will use the supplies when a three-week evening series begins in April.
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.
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.
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.