HARRISBURG, PA (August 2, 2023) – Organizations that offer, or are looking to offer, environmental literacy programming can once again apply for grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

State Senator Carolyn Comitta is reminding organizations that the application is now open for the Environmental Education Grants Program, which supports a wide range of projects including hands-on workshops, teacher training, and community conservation projects.

“As environmental and climate science plays a greater role in our everyday lives due to the impacts of climate change, now more than ever it is important that we offer environmental literacy programming in our communities,” said Comitta, who serves as the minority chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

Locally focused projects may receive a grant of up to $5,000, regional or statewide initiatives may receive up to $30,000, and projects that are designed to engage teachers and youth at the county, state, and national levels may receive up to $65,000.

Applications must be submitted by November 15, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. through the Department of Community and Economic Development’s (DCED) Electronic Single Application website.

DEP Environmental Education staff will host a live webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The webinar will highlight application details and staff will be able to answer questions on the program.

The grant is funded with five percent of all pollution fines and penalties collected by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The Environmental Education Grants Program was first established by the Environmental Education Act of 1993. Since its inception, more than $13 million has been provided to support environmental education in Pennsylvania. In 2023, organizations serving Chester County received nearly $35,000 for environmental education programming.

For more information and application details visit the Department of Environmental Protection’s website.