AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund
Applications for the AEP Access to Environmental Education Endowment Fund are currently closed but will reopen in Fall 2018. Please sign up for the Foundation’s e-newsletter to learn when this and other grant rounds open.
Funding decisions for the 2017 grant round will be announced in late 2017. Please email Kelly Morman with any specific questions you may have.
What does the AEP Access to Environmental Fund support? The AEP (American Electric Power) Access to Environmental Education Fund is a permanent grantmaking endowment for the purpose of supporting environmental education efforts benefiting youth who live in Appalachian Ohio. Applications are accepted from public schools and community organizations for projects focused on environmental education for youth. These mini-grants have supported varied projects and lessons across the region. In 2013, students at New Philadelphia High School developed Forest Stories through their biology class. As part of their research and field work, the high school students also developed stories to teach kindergarteners about science, insect species, and the environment.
Projects should encourage and support creative, local environmental education and stewardship activities that build on the unique assets and strengths of Appalachian Ohio’s individual communities. In addition to direct educational outcomes for youth participating in programs made possible by grants from the AEP Access to Environmental Education Endowment Fund, projects should clearly demonstrate how lessons learned will be shared with the larger community. Past grantees have shared their activities with the community through family science nights, local fairs and festivals, and capturing lessons learned and sharing them with younger students, among many other possibilities.
Mini-grants from the AEP Access to Environmental Education Fund are intended to support environmental education efforts benefitting youth who live in the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. The program encourages and supports creative, local environmental education and stewardship activities that build on the unique assets and strengths of the region’s individual communities.
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) invites educators and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to apply for the 2015 AEP Access to Environmental Education Mini-Grant program. Projects encouraging youth participation in learning experiences linked to local natural resources and sharing the lessons learned with their communities are eligible for funding. Eligibility extends to educators and nonprofit organizations throughout the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio.
Who can apply?
Applications are accepted from any public school or tax-exempt organization serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio – Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Brown, Belmont, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Morgan, Monroe, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington counties.
If you have other questions, please contact the Foundation at 740.753.1111.
To read more about past years’ grant recipients, please visit the links below:
- 2016 Grant Recipients
- 2015 Grant Recipients
- 2014 Grant Recipients
- AEP Partners with FAO to Support Environmental Education
- Jason Reynolds | Coming Full Circle, AEP Access to Environmental Education