Environmental Education Grant Opportunity
From The Department of Environmental Protection
 Deadline to apply  is December 18, 2015! 
DEP's 2016 Environmental Education Grants Program is now open.   

S chools, colleges and universities, county conservation districts, nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and businesses can apply for the grants. 

The grants provide funding to develop programs and projects that support environmental education about issues including:
Sustainable Living: rain gardens, rain barrels, clean energy, radon protection, composting, and other related topics.
Chesapeake Bay and Watershed Education: reducing non-point source pollution, abandoned mine drainage/reclamation, water conservation, private water wells, groundwater, and other related topics
* Air Quality: ground level ozone, climate change, transportation, and electric generation issues  
Brownfields: brownfield redevelopment and creating sustainable communities
Energy: energy efficiency and conservation, as well as, school energy teams, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, and other clean energy sources and technologies
Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP): school energy teams to reduce school building's energy use
Climate Change: climate change and mitigation strategies
Environmental Literacy: engage educators and stakeholders in content standards and field-based environmental education
Environmental Education Certification: develop and implement institutionalized and community-based certification programs designed for teachers, naturalists, and educators working in schools and environmental education facilities
Natural Landscaping and Trees: native plant landscaping, riparian buffers, and invasive plant management
Connecting Children with Nature: immersive outdoor education
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, teacher professional development; curriculum integration; outdoor learning resources, such as trails, shelters, streamside plantings, and educational programming; transportation to field study sites; water chemistry testing equipment; and educational events. Grants are awarded for up to $3,000. 

The program was established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993 and mandates that 5 percent of some pollution fines and penalties collected annually by DEP be set aside for environmental education.

The grants manual and application forms are available HERE. 

Remember, Deadline is December 18! 
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