Educational Mini-Grants

Please note: The deadline for the fall round of Educational Mini-Grants has been extended to November 10, 2016.


Teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to apply for the 2015-2016 Educational Mini-Grant Program, sponsored by Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area.  The program will award up to 10 grants of $500 each to educators in Northeastern Pennsylvania to produce heritage, art and/or environmental projects. Those eligible to participate in the program include classroom teachers in the Northeastern Educational Intermediate Unit 19 service area as well as educators at cultural, historic, and environmental organizations and sites.

Now in its twelfth year, the Educational Mini-Grant Program affords educators a unique opportunity for funding to produce classroom or community projects. The projects should either promote students’ understanding and appreciation of the Lackawanna Valley’s rich heritage and how it contributed to the nation’s development, or expand the students’ understanding of their role as caretakers of the environment, particularly in the Lackawanna River watershed. The projects must take place between December 1, 2016, and June 1, 2017.

“We are thrilled to be joining in partnership with area educators to tell the region’s story  and examine unique and creative ways to conserve our natural resources,” said Natalie Gelb, Executive Director, Lackawanna Heritage Valley. “Over the past years, we have experienced a range of projects that have engaged students of all ages in becoming stewards of the environment and in developing pride in their heritage.”

Deadline for Mini-Grant Applications: Noon on November 10, 2016

Cost: No Application Fee

Information: 570.963.6730, extension 8200 or

Grant applications:

Grant Seeking Guidelines

LHV Educational Mini-Grant Application 2016-2017

Grants- Grant Management GuidelinesREVISED 8-1-14

Submission requirements:

Step 1 – Email the completed application form to: April Rogato, Executive Assistant at . NOTE: Email applications are required in addition to submitting a signed hard copy.

Step 2 – Print the completed application and have it signed by the organization’s authorized individual (principal, executive director).

Step 3 – Send the signed application to LHV by fax: 570.963.6732 or by postal mail.



Timothy Butler
10-12 grades
Abington Heights High School
“We’re Not Done Yet! An Informational and Photographic Survey of Local Pollution Problems”Students will investigate with a camera, from a safe distance, some selected areas where pollution exists in the region, photographing the status of any clean-up operations and/or documenting the status quo as part of a survey of environmentally damaged locations in the region. The project will culminate in a video about the status of pollution remediation in the area and a display of photographs and information gathered. The video and interactive photo display will be shown at both the school and a venue in the community.
Kevin Kays
Science Teacher 
12th grade
Scranton High School
Scranton School District
“Winds of Energy Change for a New Generation”Research, purchase and installation of a wind turbine and development of curriculum concerning this source of renewable energy.
Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited
Charles Charlesworth
Chapter President
Ages 13-17 years old
“T.U. Teens Youth Environmental School”Educate youth in the local history and traditions of Fly fishing in NEPA, including that Fly fishing began in the US in NEPA. Students will also be introduced to the sciences of ichthyology, entomology, water chemistry and aquatic biology.
Vincent LoRusso
Grades 5-12
Blue Ridge Middle School and High School
Music Department
Blue Ridge School District
“Summer Concert in the Park”The Blue Ridge Concert in the Park is our effort to recapture the sense of community once brought by weekly summer outdoor concerts. Bands in Northeastern PA have a rich history of outdoor public performance. This concert, featuring students of the Blue Ridge Middle and High School Instrumental Music Department, will serve as the focal point for an entire night celebrating the arts.

For More Information contact Tom McHugh, LHV Educational Coordinator
(570) 793-3692 or  at