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Schools, Others Encouraged To Apply For Environmental Education Grants

Release Date: 10/4/1999
Contact Information: Pamela Emerson
(206) 553-1287

October 4, 1999 - - - - - - - - - - 99-47


Applications are being taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for grants that can be used to develop innovative ways to educate the public about the environment. Schools, universities, not-for-profit organizations, tribal education agencies, and state and local governments are eligible for the grants.

Applications fall into two categories -- those for grants of more than $25,000, and those for less. Grants for the larger amounts are made by EPA headquarters; the smaller grants are made by EPA’s regional offices.

EPA gives special encouragement to applications for grants of $5,000 or less, according to Pam Emerson of EPA’s regional environmental education program in Seattle.

"There’s a lot of work already going on in the field of environmental education, and EPA would like to be supportive of as many local projects as possible," said Emerson. "Smaller grants means more EPA support to more communities."

Applications for the next round of grants must be postmarked by November 22. More information about the grants program and application forms are available from:

Environmental Education Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 Sixth Avenue (EXA-142)
Seattle, WA 98101

Information and application forms may also be obtained by calling (800)424-4372, the toll-free number from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the four states that make up EPA’s Northwest regional headquarters in Seattle. The same materials are also available at

The grant program, which was established by the National Environmental Education Act, is administered by EPA.

In the past year, when $160,000 was awarded to more than a dozen grant recipients in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, EPA gave emphasis to projects that had the following goals:
          • Training teachers to be better environmental educators,
          • Building state, local and tribal capacity to better design and deliver environmental education, and
          • Motivating the public to become more environmentally conscious, and helping them to make responsible and informed environmental decisions.