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Environmental Education Grant Solicitation



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The FY 2001 environmental education grants solicitation has been published and
is available on our Region 5 EE web site. 
http://www.epa.gov/region5/enved.   It
also attached it in pdf format for your information.   The packet was just sent
to the environmental education mailing list along with the cover letter (below
and attached).

The deadline for applications this year is November 15, 2000. Awards will be
made in the Spring of 2001.

If you have or questions about the  environmental education program, you can
contact Megan Gavin at 312/353-5282 or Suzanne Saric 312/353-3209.

___________________________

September 11, 2000

Dear Environmental Education Colleague:

In addition to sending you the 2001 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
environmental education grants solicitation notice, I?d like to provide you 
with
a number of updates from EPA?s Midwest Environmental Education program. I hope
that this information is helpful to you as you continue your efforts to provide
quality environmental education programs!

Sincerely,


Suzanne Saric
Environmental Education Program Manager


EPA's 2001 Environmental Education Grants Program
Enclosed is  a copy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2001
environmental education grants solicitation notice.  The package contains all
information and forms necessary to submit a grant proposal.

Please read the instructions in the solicitation notice carefully to ensure 
that
your proposal complements the objectives of EPA's program.  EPA staff and
environmental education professionals outside of EPA will review and evaluate
proposals based on the criteria listed in the enclosed solicitation notice.

Proposals must be postmarked and mailed to EPA no later than November 15, 2000.
See the solicitation notice for information on where to send your application.
EPA plans to make the awards in the Spring of 2001.

In the past 9 years of the program, EPA Region 5 has been very pleased with the
quality of proposals sent in for competition and looks forward to receiving new
proposals.  The Region typically funds 10-15 percent of the applications it
receives with the money available from the annual Congressional appropriation.
We don't have final action on our fiscal year 2001 budget at this time but I
anticipate that the Region will have between $160,000 and $200,000 to award.

If you have received more than one copy of this package, please pass it on 
to an
interested colleague.

Writing A Grant?  Get Some Help On-Line!
EPA has developed an interactive software tool on the grant-writing process 
that
can assist professionals in developing more competitive grant 
applications.  The
program focuses on federal grants in general, but more specifically on 
three EPA
grant programs: environmental education, environmental justice, and
environmental justice through pollution prevention.  In addition to providing
detailed information and tips on writing a grant proposal, the program includes
examples of good, complete grant packages; references filled with resources and
contacts about other grant programs; and a mock grant-writing activity.  Check
out the program on-line at: http://www.epa.gov/seahome/grants/src/grant.htm

The President's Environmental Youth Awards
The President's Environmental Youth Awards program encourages individuals in
grades K-12, summer camps, and youth organizations to promote local
environmental awareness and to channel this awareness into positive community
involvement.  To apply, a young person, or a group of young persons, must have
completed an environmental project while in kindergarten through 12th 
grade, and
the project must be sponsored by at least one adult representative of their
school, camp, youth group, or public interest group.  Applications must be
postmarked by July 31st in any given year and sent to the attention of Megan
Gavin, U.S. EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Blvd (P19J), Chicago, Illinois 60604.
For more information, or for a copy of the application, visit
www.epa.gov/enviroed/awards.html.

Environmental Education Training Partnership (EETAP)
With support from the U.S. EPA, EETAP has developed many products that are
useful for environmental educators.  They include:
?    abEE Materials: Guidelines for Excellence:  a set of guidelines that 
should
be used to develop quality EE materials
?    abEE Collection: A Review of Resources for Educators: a three volume
collection of resources that have been evaluated using the aforementioned
Guidelines.
?    abExcellence in EE: Guidelines for Learning (K-12): describes what 
students
should know by 4th, 8th, and 12th grades to be environmentally literate
.
Guidelines for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators:  a set of
recommendations about the basic knowledge and abilities educators need to
provide high-quality environmental education.
The publications are available through the National Service Center for
Environmental Publications.  Call them at 800/490-9198 or order on-line at
www.epa.gov/ncepihom/index.html

EPA Web Resources
Hopefully, many of you have already visited EPA Region 5's Web site to get
information about our programs and to order free educational resources. You'll
find detailed information on the programs listed above and links to EE
organizations throughout the Midwest.  Check it out at 
www.epa.gov/region5/enved
.  Additionally, the Web site of EPA?s Office of Environmental Education in
Washington, D.C. provides information about EETAP partnerships, national
programs, and new publications.  Link to it through the Region 5 site or visit
it directly at www.epa.gov/enviroed.  EPA has also developed Web sites for 
kids,
students, and teachers.  The sites contain background information, curricula,
activities, games, contests, and more!  Go to www.epa.gov and link from there!

The Library
EPA has a strong library system with a multitude of resources.  Log onto EPA
Region 5's library Web site if you need to track down a publication; are doing
research on a particular environmental topic; or, simply interested in seeing
what resources are available: www.epa.gov/region5/library.  There's a special
collection of environmental education materials available for loan.

For More Information:
EPA's Midwest Regional office is located in Chicago and covers the 
following six
Midwestern States: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.
For more information about the region?s EE program, contact Suzanne Saric at
312.353.3209, saric.suzanne@epa.gov, or Megan Gavin at 312.353.5282,
gavin.megan@epa.gov.