Given your interest in environmental issues, I want to let you know about a grant program that is accepting applications through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Schools, colleges, universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations and businesses are currently welcome to apply for Pennsylvania’s 2012 Environmental Education Grants.
The grants provide funding to create or develop projects to support a variety of environmental topics: watershed management, water conservation, acid mine drainage, alternative energy, air quality, brownfields redevelopment and Chesapeake Bay restoration. Such work is vital if we are to be prepared for the challenges facing our Commonwealth, from developing new sources of alternative energy to protecting our pristine waterways and natural treasures.
Grants are awarded for up to $7,500. The deadline to apply is Dec. 16, 2011.
Applications are available at my West Chester District Office, or by calling DEP’s Environmental Education and Information Center at 717-772-1828. In addition, applications are available online here.
In April, DEP awarded 102 grants totaling more than $538,000 to groups in support of environmental education programs across the state. Since the program’s inception, the department has awarded more than $7 million in grants.
The program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 and mandates that 5 percent of all DEP pollution fines and penalties be designated for environmental education.
If you or your organization is interested, I encourage you to apply as soon as possible because December will be here before you know it. In addition, I appreciate your assistance in spreading the word to any groups that may be eligible.
Thank you and as always, please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or comments that you may have.
Offices of State
Senator Andy Dinniman