The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) is encouraging Ohio agriculture organizations with environmental education projects to apply for grants from the Ohio Environmental Education Fund (OEEF). OEEF offers general grants from $5,000 – $50,000 and mini grants from $500 – $5,000. Applications are accepted for projects targeting three audiences: the public, the regulated community and pre-school to university students and teachers.
Examples of recently funded mini grant projects include $4,951 to Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center – the Ohio State University for the creation of an anaerobic digestion education course, and $4,430 to Appalachia Ohio Alliance to host workshops for landowners to help better understand conservation easements. Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has been a past recipient of OEEF grants.
The next application deadlines are July 16 and Jan. 15, 2013. An electronic letter of intent to apply must be submitted online at least a week before the application deadline. Applicants apply online through Ohio EPA’s eBusiness Center. The Request for Proposals for the July grant cycle will be released in late April. Application guidelines and descriptions of past projects may be viewed anytime at the Office of Environmental Education website.
For more information, contact OEEF at 614-644-2873 or [email protected]. Staff members are happy to discuss project ideas and eligibility. Applicants who complete a draft of their grant proposal before the deadline may request a pre-review and suggestions from the staff.