The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced up to $3 million in funding available for local programs aimed at educating the public about global warming.

Funds for the 2021 Environmental Education (EE) Local Grant Program are now available. Funds will be provided to each of EPA’s 10 Regions, of no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each. The federal agency will provide a total of 30-40 grants nationwide. Applications for acquiring some of the funds are due Dec. 6, 2021.

The 2021 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that focus on adapting for climate change and strategies to mitigate its impacts to prevent future problems relating to water quality and “human health issues.”

Each of the ten EPA Regions will issue more specific details about what they hope to achieve.

EPA intends to provide financial support for projects in which activists will be provided information and methods on how to enlighten the public with information the agency believes will “increase environmental literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment.” They will especially target poor communities and people of color or indigenous populations and Title 1 schools – entities  that may be the least informed.

This program has been in place since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year under this program, supporting more than 3,800 grants.


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