CHESTER WEST – October 4, 2021 – State Senator Carolyn Comitta reminded schools, colleges, community and environmental nonprofits, county conservation districts and businesses that $ 750,000 in state grants are available for eligible environmental education projects.
“As we continue to grapple with the growing impacts of climate change on our environment, public health, economy, and almost every aspect of our lives, it is crucial that Pennsylvania’s next generation of leaders be educated about the environment. , knowledgeable about the environment and ready to make environment conscious decisions, ”said Comitta. “These grants help educate students and young people about the positive actions we can all take to ensure that our natural resources are available for use and enjoyment for decades to come.”
Comitta, who is minority chair of the Senate Committee on Environmental Resources and Energy and a member of the Senate Education Committee, noted that the deadline to apply is Friday, December 10, 2021.
Administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Environmental education grant program provides funds to support a wide range of environmental education projects, including practical and meaningful programs for students, teacher training workshops, and community conservation projects for adults.
Local projects can receive up to $ 3,000 and regional or statewide initiatives can receive up to $ 20,000. Projects that engage students and educators at the local, state, and national levels can receive up to $ 85,000.
“This grant opportunity helps educators in their efforts to educate residents and visitors about ways to maintain the health and beauty of Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
While all subjects of education projects are taken into account, water quality, climate change and environmental justice are priority areas. Example projects include tours, demonstrations, hands-on learning experiences and workshops on river monitoring, rain gardens, wetlands, green infrastructure and other watershed management; solar and other renewable energies, alternative transport, energy conservation and other approaches to tackle climate change; and improving air quality and community and municipal partnerships to address local environmental challenges. For more examples, see scholarship recipients who received 2021-2022 funding.
Applications must be submitted through eGrants (new users will need to register.) Instructions are available at Environmental education grants.
The Environmental Education Grants Program was created by the Environmental Education Act of 1993, which requires setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties that the DEP collects annually for environmental education in Pennsylvania. .
Since the program began, more than 2,020 organizations across the Commonwealth have received more than $ 11 million in environmental education grants.