AEP Access to Environmental Education Mini-Grant Program

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio


Grant amount: US $500 - US $1,500

Anticipated deadline: Nov 13, 2018

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in Ohio: Adams County, Ashtabula County, Athens County, Belmont County, Brown County Expand all

Location of residency: Counties in Ohio: Adams County, Ashtabula County, Athens County, Belmont County, Brown County Expand all

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Overview:

What does the AEP Access to Environmental Fund support?The AEP (American Electric Power) Access to Environmental Education Fund is a permanent grantmaking endowment for the purpose of supporting environmental education efforts benefiting youth who live in Appalachian Ohio. Applications are accepted from public schools and community organizations for projects focused on environmental education for youth. These mini-grants have supported varied projects and lessons across the region. In 2013, students at New Philadelphia High School developed Forest Stories through their biology class. As part of their research and field work, the high school students also developed stories to teach kindergarteners about science, insect species, and the environment.

Projects should encourage and support creative, local environmental education and stewardship activities that build on the unique assets and strengths of Appalachian Ohio’s individual communities.  In addition to direct educational outcomes for youth participating in programs made possible by grants from the AEP Access to Environmental Education Endowment Fund, projects should clearly demonstrate how lessons learned will be shared with the larger community. Past grantees have shared their activities with the community through family science nights, local fairs and festivals, and capturing lessons learned and sharing them with younger students, among many other possibilities.

Mini-grants from the AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund are intended to support environmental education efforts benefitting youth who live in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. The program encourages and supports creative, local environmental education and stewardship activities that build on the unique assets and strengths of the region’s individual communities.

We anticipate mini-grants will fund projects such as:

  • Educational hikes in the Wayne National Forest to complement study of Ora Anderson’s oral history of the Wayne’s reforestation.
    • Part of the project might include hosting a community viewing of the documentary at the Forest to share what was learned.
  • Provide educational programming and supplies to enable youth to host community “River Sweeps,” beautify community parks, establish community vegetable gardens or host community Earth Day celebrations.
  • Tours to learn about the environmental stewardship work of local people such as watershed coordinators, forest rangers, and staff of various public agencies such (e.g. Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Farm Service Agencies and Soil and Water Conservation Districts).
  • Students could then educate their community or other students through reflective presentations regarding how environmental sciences are practiced close to home.
  • Enable the development of new environmental educational resources for youth in the region.
    • For example, supporting enhancement of learning labs at 4-H camps such as Canter Caves or enhance existing 4-H conservation camp programming.
  • Fieldtrips to environmental education experiences, service learning workshops, interpretative hikes, stream tours or seminars, etc. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Applications are accepted from any public school or tax-exempt organization serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio –
    • Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Belmont, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington counties.
  • Projects encouraging youth participation in learning experiences linked to local natural resources and sharing the lessons learned with their communities are eligible for funding.


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