HOUGHTON - The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition is offering a grant opportunity for educators and youth workers who provide quality environmental education programs to regional children.
The UPEC Environmental Education Fund offers grants of up to $1,000 for the 2012 calendar year. 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, or 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, to a high school-college partnership exploring the literature of place and stewardship. 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 about the program, download a grant application and obtain mailing information, visit the UPEC website at upenvironment.org. Completed applications must be postmarked or emailed no later than Jan. 6.