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Deadline Approaching For 2009 Environmental Educational Grants

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

HARRISBURG (Dec. 9) -- Schools, universities, intermediate units, non-profit groups and county conservation districts are reminded that the deadline to submit a pre-application form for DEP’s 2009 environmental education grants is Dec. 12.

The grants support projects that promote understanding of important environmental topics, such as:

Sustainable energy sources, like solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and alternative transportation fuels, as well as energy efficiency and conservation practices;
Air quality, with a focus on lowering emissions from transportation vehicles and electric-generation to reduce ground-level ozone, or smog; and
Watersheds and wetlands, focusing on abating acid mine drainage and reducing non-point source pollution.
Grants will range from $3,000 to $20,000.

Beginning Jan. 16, DEP will notify approved pre-applicants to prepare a full application to submit to the department by March 6.

Since the program’s inception, DEP has awarded more than $6 million in grants to support the environmental education efforts of schools, county conservation districts, and other non-profit organizations throughout the state. The program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 and mandates that 5 percent of all pollution fines and penalties collected annually by DEP be set aside for environmental education. The act was amended by the legislature in July and signed into law by Governor Edward G. Rendell to make more education programs eligible for the grants.

For more information or to download a pre-application form, visit www.depweb.state.pa.us, keyword: EE Grants.