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U.S. EPA Committed to Increasing Environmental Awareness in the Next Generation of Leaders

Release Date: 11/19/2009
Contact Information: Mary Simms (415) 947-4270,

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for a total of $3.4 million in funding for environmental education projects and programs. EPA expects to award approximately 100 grants ranging from $5,000 to $200,000 and will accept applications until December 15, 2009.

The purpose of the Environmental Education Grant Program is to promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers and citizens. The grants provide financial support for innovative projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques. Projects should involve environmental education activities that go beyond disseminating information.

The Environmental Education Grant Program provides funding to local education agencies, state education or environmental agencies, colleges or universities, not-for-profit organizations, or noncommercial educational broadcasting entities. Tribal education agencies, which are controlled by an Indian tribe, band or nation, may also apply, including a school or community college.

Since the program began, EPA has provided more than $45 million in funding to more than 3,000 agencies and organizations.

Members of the media: The EPA leads many programs through innovative partnerships to promote environmental literacy. If you would like to discuss potential story ideas or learn more about any of these programs, please contact one of the media liaisons listed below. If you are interested in scheduling an interview with an expert, please include your name, media affiliation, contact information and deadline in your request.

Northern California: Mary Simms (415) 947-4270,
Central California: Nahal Mogharabi, (415) 947-4370,
Southern California: Francisco Arcaute (213) 244-1815,
Arizona/Nevada: Margot Perez-Sullivan (415) 947-4149
Hawaii/Pacific Islands: Dean Higuchi (808) 541-2711

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