Merrillville, Ind. — NIPSCO is accepting applications for its Environmental Action Grant to
    support local nonprofit organizations with environmental initiatives. For the eighth consecutive
    year, NIPSCO will provide support for environmental restoration and education projects
    throughout northern Indiana.
    “Our employees are passionate about investing in the communities where they live and work,
    and we have a lot of energy to give to the communities we serve,” said Rick Calinski, NIPSCO
    Director of Public Affairs and Economic Development. “We are proud to provide help to local
    organizations dedicated to benefiting and revitalizing our environment.”
    In 2022, winning organizations used the grants to fund education and restoration projects such
    • The Nature Conservancy in Indiana: The organization used their Environmental Action
    Grant to support East Chicago’s Festival de la Monarca, educating the public about
    endangered Monarch butterflies and their migration patterns while celebrating the
    culture of their annual migration to Michoacan, Mexico.
    • The Watershed Foundation: Environmental Action Grant was used to remove an aging
    dam from Deeds Creek in Warsaw, Ind. The dam removal is expected to improve water
    quality, reconnect aquatic organism passage and increase habitat in Deeds Creek.
    • Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana: Environmental Action Grant allowed Girl
    Scouts throughout the region to participate in the “It’s Your Planet, Love It!” leadership
    journey, teaching environmental topics such as clean water and air, noise pollution,
    global warming, soil contamination, and agricultural processes.
    • Humane Indiana’s Environmental and Wildlife Education Center: Humane Indiana used
    the grant it received to provide care to injured or orphaned wild animals native to
    Indiana at their Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. The Center receives wildlife as small as
    hummingbirds and chipmunks to animals as large as coyote, fox, opossums, eagles and
    other species in need of various levels of rehab assistance.

    Grants are available in the amount of $500 to $5,000 for organizations seeking funds for
    environmental restoration projects and education programs. Applications will be accepted now
    through April 7, 2023, with grant awards announced the week of April 24, in celebration of
    Earth Day.
    Nonprofit organizations with an environmental restoration or education project are invited to
    submit a grant request at NIPSCO.com/Community. When submitting an application online, applicants should select the “Environmental Stewardship” option in the Area of Impact drop-
    down box on the application.

    Applications should include a project description and goals, budget, target audience, timeline
    and evaluation. The NIPSCO Environmental Grant Committee evaluates requests on the
    following areas: strategic alignment, resource availability, visibility and recognition, project or
    program impact and organization priorities.
    Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)3 or other non-profit as determined by the Internal
    Revenue Service with an environmental project focus and have a direct impact in NIPSCO service area. Grant funding is not intended for capital projects including weatherization, LEED-
    certification, trail/path building or expansion, Green Build construction or solar panel purchases.
    To see what NIPSCO is doing to support the environment of northern Indiana, visit
    About NIPSCO:
    Northern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), with headquarters in Merrillville, Indiana, has proudly
    served the energy needs of northern Indiana for more than 100 years. As Indiana’s largest natural gas distribution company and the second-largest electric distribution company, NIPSCO serves approximately 850,000 natural gas and 483,000 electric customers across 32 counties. NIPSCO is part of NiSource’s (NYSE: NI) six regulated utility companies. NiSource is one of the largest fully-regulated utility companies in the United States, serving approximately 3.7 million natural gas and electric customers through its local Columbia Gas and NIPSCO brands.
    More information about NIPSCO and NiSource is available at NIPSCO.com and NiSource.com.

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