Earth Day is today, and we would like to help you celebrate the occasion with fun facts, freebies, and a few planet-friendly funding opportunities.
The first Earth Day was in 1970, and the event was instrumental in the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Food Recovery is the theme of Earth Day 2016. Donating extra food to shelters, feeding scraps to animals, and composting are just three of the ways the EPA suggests we divert food from landfills. You can read more here.
- The Keep America Beautiful Foundation supports community tree planting projects and natural disaster post-recovery tree planting projects. The deadline to apply this year is April 25.
- The National Cristina Foundation will either give your old computers a second life with worthy organizations or accept requests from groups who need them.
- The Lawrence Foundation gives grants to support environmental and other causes. Public schools and libraries are among those eligible. The deadline is April 30.
Our focus is grants and grant management tools for local governments. Yet, we realize our readers come from various organizations and are some of the busiest folks out there. So here are a few Earth Day freebies for everyone just in case you missed them: