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Release Date: 09/22/1997
Contact Information: Leo Kay, Press Office, (617) 918-4154 Maria Pirie, Environmental Education Coordinator, (617) 918-1068

BOSTON -- The New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called today for educators to put together proposals for fiscal year 1998 environmental education grant projects.

The EPA funds environmental education projects that focus on improving teaching skills for educators, typically through workshops; educating teachers, students, or the public about human health problems from environmental pollution; building state, local, or tribal capability to develop and deliver environmental education programs; or promoting environmental careers among students.

In 1997, the EPA awarded more than $200,000 to dozens of New England applicants who requested grant monies ranging from $1,200 to $25,000. Most grants were for $5,000.

Projects are also encouraged that educate members of a community through a community-based organization, or educate the general public through print, film, broadcast, or other media to be more environmentally conscious and make environmentally responsible decisions.

New England schools, universities, non-profit organizations, and government agencies that would like to further environmental education should apply for an EPA grant by obtaining a copy of the Federal Register dated August 22, 1997 at your local library, by contacting Maria Pirie at (617)918-1068, or by sending an e-mail with your mailing address to ""

Information is also available on the following web address: ""

The deadline for submitting proposals is Saturday, November 15, 1997.