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U.P. Environmental Coalition accepting apps

HOUGHTON — The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) is now accepting applications for the 2020 round of its grantmaking program.
    Each year, UPEC — the oldest grassroots citizen environmental group in the U.P. —makes grants in the areas of environmental education and community conservation as part of its mission to ensure a healthy environment and vibrant communities across the Upper Peninsula.
    UPEC’s Environmental Education Grants Program seeks teachers with great ideas for getting their students interested in the environment. These grants, up to $500 each, support educator-promoted environmental projects within schools or other educational organizations.
    In 2019, UPEC funded five environmental education programs: “Life of Lake Superior” (Munising area), “Lake Superior Youth Symposium” (western U.P. area), “4th Grade Afield” (Escanaba area), “Reduce Your Waste” (western U.P. area), and “Exploration Station” (Curtis area).
    UPEC’s Community Conservation Grants Program is designed to challenge U.P. communities to promote conservation values within their watershed or local area. UPEC wishes to encourage more proactive stewardship with this program. Grants could be awarded for finding ways to enhance native plant and animal life and the systems that support them.
    They can be for starting a community forest or preserve, or restoring a stream or wetland, or putting on a program about local medicinal plants, rare frogs, or top predators. These are only examples; local communities can come up with their own ideas.      
    These grants, up to $10,000 each, are for planning or implementing local conservation projects that engage a variety of stakeholders within a community, from recreational and sportsmen’s groups to naturalists, township officials, churches, and schools.
    The deadline for applications is January 10, 2020.  
    For more information and application forms, visit, www.upenvironment.org.