2012-12-13 / Outdoors

UPEC offers educational grants

HOUGHTON – The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has a grant opportunity for educators and youth workers who provide quality environmental education programs to regional children from preschool to high school. The UPEC Environmental Education Fund offers grants of up to $500 for the 2013 calendar year, with applications due Jan. 10.

Once again, special consideration will be given to quality grant projects that address the potential impacts of sulfide mining on human and natural communities.

Teachers, 4-H leaders, scout leaders, museum staff members, youth service workers – anyone who wishes to start or maintain an environmental project involving preschool through high school age children – are eligible for funding which may be used for all program expenses other than salaries.

UPEC has funded everything from middle school students cleaning up and monitoring the chemical composition of water bodies, to elementary students creating community gardens, to high school students testing soil samples on snowmobile trails.

As the U.P.’s oldest grassroots environmental organization, UPEC is equally willing to fund outstanding projects inside and outside of formal school settings.

To learn more go to UPEC’s website at upenvironment.org.

Completed applications must be received by mail or emailed no later than Jan. 10. Successful proposals will be announced by the end of January.

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