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October 2004

EPA Awards Environmental Education Grants to Four Illinois Organizations

Chicago, IL— U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 recently awarded $36,786 in grants to four Illinois organizations proposing innovative environmental education programs.

Receiving federal funds are: Chicago; Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey; St. Charles Park District; and Lake Michigan Federation, Chicago.

The recipients were among 19 organizations in the six-state region splitting $194,900 in grant money this year. More than 80 proposals were received from groups in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The grants are awarded yearly under the National Environmental Education Act, which was passed in 1990 to stimulate environmental education by supporting design, demonstration and communication projects conceived by local organizations.

EPA has issued a request for proposals for the 2005 environmental education grants. Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2004.

The solicitation notice is available on EPA's web site at www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html.

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