2014-10-24 / Community

Ecomaine seeks to give local grants

Ecomaine is seeking applicants from area schools to receive up to $5,000 in grant money from a total of $20,000 in available funding.

The deadline to apply for the money, which will be used begin or grow existing recycling or sustainability efforts, is Friday, Oct. 31.

Any school located or serving students within ecomaine’s service area is eligible to apply. The grant application rules and an application form can be downloaded from ecomaine’s website at:

“This is a way for us to advance recycling efforts in our schools and help teach students about recycling and why it’s important,” ecomaine Recycling CEO Kevin Roche said. “These grants represent a means of encouraging recycling and sustainability within our communities. All of the students who benefit from these grant dollars will carry what they have learned with them out into their communities. This isn’t just about being green, this is about the bottom line; every resource we can reduce, reuse or recycle is a resource we don’t have to buy. That’s just common sense.”

The $20,000 award package represents double the grant funding from the previous year.

The members of ecomaine’s Board of Directors, Roche said, decided to double the funds because last year’s grant program yielded strong results.

The 2013 winners included Helena Dyer Elementary in South Portland, $700, for recycling bins and instructional material.

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