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EPA grant program has up to $3 million available for environmental education

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WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that up to $3 million in funding for locally focused environmental education grants will be available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program. The EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA's 10 regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30 to 35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due Thursday, March 15. The Requests for Proposals will be posted on http://www.grants.gov.

In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues and agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food-waste management and natural disaster preparedness.

Funded projects will increase public awareness of those topics and help participants to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions. A request for proposals containing details will be issued by each of the 10 EPA regions.

"By recognizing these locally-based learning and awareness opportunities, the Environmental Protection Agency is taking both a local and national leadership role in promoting sound agricultural conservation practices, environmental disaster preparedness, adequate food waste management and other important environmental best-practices," said Administrator Scott Pruitt. "Environmental education starts locally in our own backyards, classrooms and in the fields of farmers who work the land directly, and I'm proud to play a role in enhancing such learning opportunities."

Through this grant program, the agency intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate; and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, as described in this notice, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy, and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local communities in which they are located.

Since 1992, the EPA has distributed between $2 million and $3.5 million in annual grant funding under this program, supporting more than 3,700 grants.

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The full solicitation notices will be posted at http://www.grants.gov and at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grant-solicitation-notice.

Find background on the EE Grants Program and resources for applicants at http://www.epa.gov/education/environmental-education-ee-grants.