Townships and Municipalities Join with Regula Center for Public Service for Environmental Grants

March 19, 2008

Individual towns, counties, solid waste management districts and soil and water conservation districts across Ohio will benefit this spring from $115,885 in Litter Clean-up Grants from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The grants, which range from $200 to $2,500, are aimed at encouraging community participation in April's Keep Ohio Beautiful Month activities.

"Conservation in Ohio will take a giant leap forward when we all recognize the extent to which we are connected to each other," said ODNR Director Sean D. Logan. "The lasting value of this clean-up program will be its role as a catalyst to local action, local connections, and a local commitment to conservation and a sustainable society."

The ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention received applications from the village of Hanoverton, the city of Salem, the village of Hartville, Knox Township, Salem Township and Wayne Township all from Columbiana County for funding this year and all were approved. According to grant guidelines, applicants agreed to incorporate the Keep Ohio Beautiful Month slogan into their community awareness and promotional activities. In addition, all local clean-up efforts must involve the work of volunteers and must take place in April and May. Applicants' financial needs were taken into consideration. No local match is required. The grants awarded to these local entities totaled more than $15,000.

“This is a great opportunity for the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service at Mount Union College to work cooperatively with the community on a specific issue,” said Dr. Eric Matthews, director of the center for public service. “The aim and purpose of the Center is to provide assistance as agencies, non-profits and local governments from grant writing to strategic planning to addressing campaigns, levies and special issues.”

Funding for the grant program comes from tipping fees generated by Construction & Demolition Debris landfills.

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