Grants available for Earth Day events

The Genesee Finger Lakes Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association will again be offering its Earth Day Grant Program.

The purpose of the program is to increase environmental education through projects that promote environmental awareness and consciousness, and/or the development of technical knowledge and skills and sustainable environmental practices.

Each grant is worth up to $750.

The grant program is open to educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations in Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, Wyoming, Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Yates, and Allegany counties.

The application is posted at

Grant applications must be received by Feb. 13.

Grants will be awarded about one month prior to Earth Day 2021, which is Thursday, April 22. The funds disbursed by the Chapter must be used by the recipient by June 30, 2022.

After completion of the Earth Day project or event, grant recipients must submit a brief letter or email report to GFLAWMA that includes a summary of the project. Photos are encouraged.

Four grants were award in 2020, including two in Wyoming County. Stevens Memorial Community Library in Attica received a grant to start an organic, outdoor composting project, with plans to use the project for educational programs about the benefits of composting and how to do it correctly. The Wyoming County Youth Bureau was awarded a grant for an Earth Day Family fun Night, that was to include a series of activities to promote long-term and short-term environmental knowledge with both awareness activities and steps that children can take to improve their daily environmental operations.

Questions about the program and submissions of grants should be made to the GFLAWMA Education Committee Contact Stephanie Reynolds-Smith via email to

For more information about GFLAWMA’s Earth Day Grant Program, visit the Grants & Scholarships page on its website,

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