The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is pleased to announce 18 grants from its AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund. Applications were received from K-12 educators and 501(c)(3) community organizations throughout Appalachian Ohio for projects encouraging and supporting creative, local environmental education and stewardship activities that build on the unique assets and strengths of the region’s individual communities. A total of $20,999 was awarded across the region.
“These grants offer children the opportunity to learn about the natural beauty of Appalachian Ohio,” said FAO President and CEO Cara Dingus Brook. “With the help of their teachers, they are gaining an important sense of stewardship for the place they call home.”
Created by AEP Ohio in 2008, the AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund is an endowment to support environmental education efforts benefiting youth who live in the thirty-two counties of Appalachian Ohio. Funded projects received $500 - $1,500 to provide opportunities for youth to participate in learning experiences tied to local natural resources. As part of their projects, students will also share what they learned with their communities.
This year’s mini-grants provide funding for a number of environmental education projects throughout the region, including school and community gardens, water conservation projects, invasive species education, and conservation programs.
For a complete list of 2013 AEP Access to Environmental Education grant recipients across the region and to learn how you can help support educators in Appalachian Ohio, visit FAO’s website at www.appalachianohio.org.