Ford C3 Grant funds EIC's PolliNation project

February 4, 2020

The Ford C3 grant program is designed to inspire college students to take action in community-building projects focused on addressing pressing local needs.

The Environmental Interpretive Center’s (EIC) PolliNation project, a community and campus initiative to teach people what they can do to help pollinators in their own backyards, was the recipient of a $25,000 Ford College Community Challenge Grant from the Ford Motor Company Fund in the fall. The Ford C3 grant program is designed to inspire college students to take action in community-building projects focused on addressing pressing local needs. The PolliNation project is led by senior Kaitlyn Tatro with support from the EIC Director, David Susko.

As part of the project, the EIC staff is busy building 180 insect hotels for community use. The shelters — which Tatro calls “birdhouses for insects” — are built out of wood and have natural fillers such as wood, bamboo and bark. EIC staff and students are planning spring 2020 workshops to teach people about the benefits of having pollinators in the garden, what to do to attract them and how to aid pollinator population growth.

The EIC is also working with 15 Healthy Dearborn affiliated public schools to do an educational program for kids in the community, which will include the installation of an insect hotel for the school gardens that the EIC recently helped create at each.

Tatro appreciates that a large organization like the Ford Motor Company Fund is investing in environmental projects. “It’s promising that there are major players in this large complicated game of recognizing environmental issues who realize we need to take action,” she said. “I appreciate Ford Motor Company Fund’s support in helping us educate our communities about the life around us.”

For more information on the project, click here.

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