Dominion Energy, through its philanthropic arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, is awarding $39,000 in Environmental Education and Stewardship grants to six area organizations.

The awards are part of $72,000 in total grants for 15 Ohio groups working to improve natural spaces or encourage environmental stewardship.

The Ohio grants are part of an overall $1 million presented to nearly 130 organizations in 12 states.

Since 2003, Dominion Energy has donated nearly $32 million to a variety of environmental projects across its footprint.

The competitive grants program supports environmental education and stewardship projects that preserve, enhance or make nature more accessible.

Here is a list of Akron-area grant recipients:

• Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition, Akron, received $10,000 for two beautification projects enhancing the historic Towpath Trail used by 2.5 million hikers and bikers each year.

• Kent State University at Stark, Jackson Township, received $10,000 for its Plants Through the Ages garden project.

• Seiberling Elementary School, Akron, received $5,000 for its Exploring the Cuyahoga River Watershed educational initiative.

• Malone University, Canton, received $5,000 for developing its Ecosystems Adventure Projects program.

• The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, received $5,000 for its volunteer forest restoration project of removing invasive species and replacing them with native trees.

• Keep Akron Beautiful, Akron, received $4,000 for its Flowerscaping program, which plants flowerbeds on downtown traffic islands, street corners and expressway ramps, among other locations.