New Books at Children's Library
Milford Environmental Protection Initiative (MEPI) requests applications to fund projects that protect the environment and promote environmental awareness and stewardship. As a grassroots local nonprofit, MEPI’s mission is to protect Milford’s environment and enhance public enjoyment and appreciation of our natural resources.
Anyone can apply – MEPI funds Milford residents, teachers, scout troops, organizations and clubs. Projects we fund are diverse and they range from the simple to the more involved.
Examples of projects MEPI has funded include: purchase of books about Long Island Sound by the children’s librarian, installation of bluebird nesting boxes by the Garden Club and Conservation Commission, planting of native plants and pollinator gardens by a Girl Scout troop, and a two-day horse-shoe crab workshop by Sacred Heart University.
What every grant has in common is a citizen or group who cares about the environment, wants to protect and educate about it, and make a positive difference in Milford.
Look around your neighborhood and beyond for project ideas. Is there a public space you want to protect, beautify and enhance for wildlife? Is there an environmental concern you want to educate the community about?
Consider these current ideas MEPI is interested in funding:
Neighborhood Environmental Watch programs. MEPI would provide Block Captains with start-up funds for refreshments and printing, along with brochures and signage to educate neighbors about ways to help protect Milford’s environment – the city’s as a whole, your neighborhood’s in particular, and Long Island Sound, Milford’s greatest natural resource besides its wonderful citizens. Among the brochures and booklets MEPI would provide or pay printing costs for are those pertaining to the disposal of yard, dog and hazardous waste, the creation of pesticide-free lawns, energy conservation, ride sharing, bicycle safety, and information on how to best enjoy, interact with and protect Milford’s beaches and natural resources. MEPI would also provide Block Captains with contact information for the Conservation Commission, Inland Wetlands Agent, Milford’s Natural Resource Agent, and Public Access points to Milford beaches.
Environmental Welcome Kits for New Residents. MEPI funds could be used to underwrite costs for kits that include the above environmental information and other appropriate items applicants may identify.
Adopt-a-Spot Plans. These plans, which could be developed either in conjunction with a Neighborhood Watch program or independent of one, would identify a public access area in need of TLC maintenance and improvements, particularly planting improvements that would enhance habitat for butterflies, birds, bees and possibly other wildlife. Applicants would be responsible for obtaining permissions for work from the city or other landowner.
Apply for a MEPI grant to make your ideas become a reality and make a difference. MEPI funds can be used for the materials, supplies and services needed to get the word out and get the job done.
Complete the MEPI application form online at www.mepimilford.org. If you have questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jeanne Cervin at 203-304-4250.
In Spring 2016, MEPI (the Milford Environmental Protection Initiative) and the Milford Library sponsored a Horseshoe Crab presentation by a graduate student from Sacred Heart University. At least fifty people attended and expressed such interest that MEPI decided to donate books to the library on the subject of horseshoe crabs and other elements of Milford’s shoreline ecology.
These books, to be enjoyed by readers of all ages, are now on display in the children’s library. Come check them out!
MEPI announces its fourth annual quilt raffle for 2017. MEPI raises funds through the quilt raffle to support our grant making. MEPI is selling $3 raffle tickets for a 65” x67” vivid multi-colored patch quilt, handmade by Milford’s own Sherry Belden.
All proceeds into grants for local projects to protect and enhance Milford’s natural environment. The quilt will be on display at the Walnut Beach Arts Festival on Aug. 6 and at the Oyster Festival on Aug. 19. The raffle drawing will be held on Sept. 24 at the CT Audubon, Milford Point Coastal Center. Ticket-holders do not need to be present to win.
Stop by the MEPI booth at the festivals mentioned above and call Jeanne Cervin at 203-301-4250 for more information.
2018 spiral bound calendars featuring photographs of beautiful scenes of Milford landmarks and open spaces are also for sale at the quilt raffle ticket locations. Pick up some calendars for your holiday gift giving, and one for yourself too.
MEPI Quilt Raffle and Calendar Sales
MEPI Released this Request for Applications in Local Newspapers - August, 2017