Grants available for environmental education projects – Times News Online

Published on August 06, 2022 at 10:48 am

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced today that $900,000 in grants are available for environmental education projects.

Environmental education grants are available for schools, colleges, community and environmental nonprofit organizations, county conservation districts, and businesses.

“This grant supports environmental education projects that engage teachers, youth and residents in actions that help protect Pennsylvania’s abundant natural resources and preserve its beauty,” said DEP Acting Secretary, Row Ziadeh.

While all topics of the education project are addressed, priority areas are water quality, climate change, and environmental justice. Sample projects include tours, demonstrations and hands-on learning experiences, as well as workshops on stream monitoring, rain gardens, wetlands, green infrastructure and other stewardship measures watersheds; solar and other renewable energy, alternative transportation, energy conservation and other approaches to combat climate change; and improving air quality and community and municipal partnerships to address local environmental challenges.

Local projects can receive up to $5,000 and regional or national initiatives can receive up to $30,000. Projects that engage students and teachers at three levels, local, state and national, can receive up to $85,000.

The DEP will be hosting a live webinar on September 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. regarding this grant. Program staff will review the application process, offer advice and answer questions.

The webinar is free, but registration is required. Electronic applications must be submitted via Keystone Login (new users will need to register).

The application deadline is December 9.

The Environmental Education Grant Program was created by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which requires setting aside 5% of pollution fines and penalties DEP collects each year for environmental education in Pennsylvania. Since the program began, more than 2,100 projects totaling more than $12 million have received grants.