Applications for the 2011 Environmental Education Grants Program now are available from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The grants provide funding to schools, universities, intermediate units, environmental education centers, county conservation districts, incorporated nonprofit organizations and associations and businesses to create or develop projects that support environmental education in the Commonwealth. Grants will provide environmental education on timely and critically important topics, including the following:
- Sustainable Energy Sources and Technologies including solar, wind, hydro, microhydro, biomass, geothermal, alternative transportation fuels and energy efficiency and conservation.
- Carbon Capture and Storage/Climate Change including terrestrial sequestration and other related issues.
- Air Quality including ground level ozone, transportation and electric generation issues.
- Watersheds and wetlands focusing on abating abandoned mine drainage, reducing non-point source pollution and enhancing water conservation.
- Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education with a focus on nutrient and sediment loads, point and non-point source pollution reduction
The Environmental Education Grants Program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 (35 P. S. §§ 7521–7528), which mandates setting aside 5% of the pollution fines and penalties collected annually by the Department for environmental education in this Commonwealth. Grant applications submitted to the Department must be postmarked by December 17, 2010, to be eligible for consideration and are limited to no more than $7,500.
Applications are available online at www.depweb.state.pa.us and click on the Environmental Education button, then grants, or by contacting DEP’s Environmental Education Grants Program, P.O. Box 2063, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2063, calling (717) 772-1828 or replying through email.