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Ohio EPA Awards $4,549 Environmental Education Mini Grant to Ohio Hispanic Coalition

Ohio EPA has awarded the Ohio Hispanic Coalition (OHC) an environmental education mini grant of $4,549 for air quality outreach to Latino-Hispanic communities in Franklin County. Fourteen grants were awarded statewide for $58,345.

In 2012, there were 21 air quality alert days in Franklin County. The OHC will translate information about the health effects of ozone and soot pollution for 57,761 local Latino-Hispanic residents. As part of this targeted outreach, the OHC also will explain to these residents ways they can reduce their exposure and emissions. At least 2,000 air quality brochures and fact sheets will be distributed at events and public service announcements will be broadcast on Spanish-language radio. A special initiative will target at least 10 Latino-owned/operated small businesses to discuss the impact of poor air quality on the community and the economy and ways to reduce exposure. Ohio Environmental Council and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission are collaborating.

The Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF) awards grants each year for environmental education projects targeting kindergarten through university students, the general public, and the regulated community. General grants are awarded 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 range from $500 to $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.

For additional information, contact the Ohio Environmental Education Fund at (614) 644-2873.

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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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