Grants to Ohio schools in eligible regions for recycling and environmental awareness programs. Funding is intended to provide local private and public schools with resources to implement recycling and litter prevention programs and to teach students about the importance of caring for the environment. P.E.A.R. Grants (Promoting Environmental Awareness & Recycling) are available to schools in Clinton County.
School-generated recycling and/or litter prevention projects: To encourage students to explore and engage in hands-on recycling, waste reduction, or litter prevention activities. Innovation and creativity are encouraged. (Example: Items needed to start or expand a school paper recycling program.)
Construction costs of approved items: Only items such as compost bins, recycling collection/storage units, or other items approved as tools for recycling and/or litter prevention activities will be allowed. Each construction project will be reviewed and selection will be made on an individual basis.
Educational resource materials: Includes resources that are necessary for furthering the education and awareness of students, faculty, or staff. These materials are restricted to items that promote recycling/litter prevention and include, but are not limited to, books, magazines, computer software, videos, etc.
Field trips/school-wide educational assemblies: Monies are available for approved classroom field trips outside of school or for hosting assemblies or other learning activities for students in school. (Example: Field trip to a recycling center or fees associated with hosting a featured speaker for a school assembly.)
Professional Development: Cost to train teachers in various recycling/litter prevention programs or to conduct other related education workshops, in-services, or field trips.
Purchase of recycled content products: Content products – includes items to be placed around the school grounds such as plastic recycled benches, picnic tables, playground equipment, fences, trash/recycling collection containers, etc. Items must contain at least fifty percent (50%) post-consumer waste and be included as part of a school recycling-education program.
Other: Includes costs to purchase, lease, or rent equipment or other items needed for approved recycling/litter prevention projects. Please check with the Solid Waste District’s Education Specialist if you have any questions about items not specifically listed under the allowable costs.
Advertising and Printing: Costs to develop, produce, print, and/or place newspaper, billboard, radio, television, signage, or other forms of awareness for approved program activities (includes postage).
Recycling Supplies – Tools and other supplies used specifically for implementing a qualified curbside recycling program; includes curbside collection containers and/or decals. Other – Other items needed for satisfactory completion of curbside recycling activities not specifically noted above shall be left to the discretion of the Grant Review Committee.
Applications for the PEAR Grant will be accepted from any public or private school in Clinton County and may include non-profit pre-schools.
Each school building within a district may apply for funding for environmental education activities provided that these activities are based upon recycling and/or litter prevention theme.
Personnel-related expenses are not considered an allowable expense.
The following is a timeline for the 2024 PEAR Grant program:
- November 30, 2023 at 12:00 noon – Application deadline
NOTE: Late or incomplete applications will NOT be considered for funding.
- February 2024 – Award notification and check presentations
The grants are competitive and require the schools to provide matching funds. A minimum match of 25 percent is required, but those projects providing additional matching funds or in-kind support may be given greater consideration during the selection process.