Do­min­ion to award $1M in en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion grants

Maryland Independent - - Business -

Do­min­ion Re­sources an­nounced that it will once again pro­vide $1 mil­lion in en­vi­ron­men­tal grants this year through its char­i­ta­ble arm, the Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

The com­pet­i­tive pro­gram is de­signed to sup­port spe­cific short-term projects by non­prof- its and K-12 schools work­ing to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­vide en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ences in com­mu­ni­ties served by Do­min­ion com­pa­nies.

“Each year Do­min­ion part­ners with a broad range of non­prof­its and schools to fund mean­ing­ful en­vi­ron­men­tal projects that pre­serve, en­hance or make na­ture more ac­ces­si­ble within our com­mu­ni­ties,” Hunt- er A. Applewhite, pres­i­dent of the Do­min­ion Foun­da­tion, said in the re­lease. “The grants will sup­port a va­ri­ety of in­no­va­tive en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts to im­prove nat­u­ral spa­ces and teach stu­dents, as well as the pub­lic, to trea­sure nat­u­ral re­sources and use them wisely.”

There are two com­po­nents to this year’s grants. Non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions are in­vited to ap­ply for grants of up to $50,000 each for short-term projects that prom­ise mea­sur­able re­sults to im­prove the en­v­i­ron- ment. Also, pub­lic and pri­vate K-12 schools in el­i­gi­ble re­gions can now ap­ply for class­room grants of up to $5,000 each for en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams.

El­i­gi­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in Mar yland, which in­cludes Calvert, Charles, Fred­er­ick, Prince Ge­orge’s and St. Mar y’s coun­ties can sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions through March 1. Re­cip­i­ents will be an­nounced in April.

Do­min­ion will con­sider grant re­quests that fo­cus on one or more of the fol­low­ing pri­or­i­ties:

• Ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents and the pub­lic about en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship;

• Pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing nat­u­ral habi­tats; and

• Im­prov­ing open spa­ces and mak­ing na­ture ac­ces­si­ble.

For an on­line ap­pli­ca­tion, go to­vi­rogrants.

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