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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 97-941


Submission Date for Environmental Education Grants Applications under the Environmental Education Act

[27 Pa.B. 2863]

   The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) hereby announces that applications for the 1998 Environmental Education Grants Program are available.

   The Environmental Education Act created an Environmental Education Fund from the annual deposit of 5% of ment. The fund is used to support new environmental education programs in DCNR's Bureau of State Parks; provide grants to schools, conservation organizations, educational organizations, and county conservation districts. Some administrative costs associated with administering the grants program are also covered by this fund.

   The purpose of the grants program is to stimulate environmental education in this through direct instruction or through teacher training. Grants can be used to develop new programs or to significantly improve the quality of existing programs. Projects may be large, comprehensive endeavors affecting many teachers and/or students, or they may be small, focused efforts to help an individual teacher or school implement an environmental education program.

   This is a reimbursement program with awards up to $10,000. Grantees must provide a minimum of 25% in matching funds from non-State sources. Eligible applicants are:

   *  Public and private schools for youth environmental education (kindergarten through secondary levels)

   *  Nonprofit conservation and education organizations and institutions, including public and private schools, for teacher training and preservice training in environmental education

   *  County conservation districts for youth education, teacher training or community education

   Other interested parties may form partnerships or consortiums with an eligible applicant. Extra incentive points will be given for programs that deal with sustainability issues.

   Applications may be submitted on or after July 1, 1997 and must be received by the Department or postmarked no later than November 1, 1997. Applications received after that date will not be considered. Applications must be on the Department-provided forms. Grant awards will be announced April 22, 1998. Awarded projects may not begin until July 1, 1998, or after.

   Inquiries concerning this notice should be directed to Helen Olena at the Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Education Grants Program, P. O. Box 8454, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8454, (717) 772-1828, or


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 97-941. Filed for public inspection June 13, 1997, 9:00 a.m.]

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