FOR announces Environmental Education Mini-Grant Program
Friends of the Rappahannock is pleased to announce that we were recently awarded a $91,000.00 Environmental Education Grant from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help expand our Student Stream Team program to include more schools, a broader audience, and incorporate more partners.
Our Student Stream Team program is desinged to introduce student groups to environmental science, their local watersheds, stream ecology, and restoration techniques both in the classroom as well as in the field for restoration projects. Since 2007 this program has reached many schools in multiple counties throughout the watershed and helped restore over 10 acres of riparian buffer, build and install 100 oyster reef structures, and construct three living shoreline projects. This new funding will provide an expanded focus on water quality monitoring and stream assessment using a variety of STEM activities applicable in a classroom lab as well as on a stream bank.
One of the primary components of the new funding allows Friends of the Rappahannock to offer 10-20 Environmental Education mini-grants totaling $22,700.00 to organizations that are located in or serve the Rappahannock River watershed, students, and other youth organizations. Awards will range from $500.00 to $5,000.00.
The application period is now closed.