Grants to Improve Environment, Public Health in New England

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Posted: Monday, March 28, 2016 8:41 pm

BOSTON, Mass. -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making grant money available for New England communities to reduce environmental risks, protect and improve human health and improve the quality of life.

EPA New England’s Healthy Communities Grant Program is currently accepting initial proposals for projects that will benefit one or more New England communities. EPA plans to award a total of approximately 10 cooperative agreements.

Eligible applicants include state and local governments, public nonprofit institutions or organizations, private nonprofit institutions or organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions or organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts; and non-profit organizations.

The Healthy Communities Grant Program will identify and fund projects that:

  • Target resources to benefit communities at risk.
  • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
  • Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
  • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
  • Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience.
  • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.

Eligible projects under this program must be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the "target investment areas" and identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the five "target program areas."

In 2016, "Target Investment Areas" include: 1) Areas at Risk from Climate Change Impacts, 2) Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, 3) "Making a Visible Difference" communities, and/or 4) Sensitive Populations.

"Target Program Areas" include: 1) Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools; 2) Community and Water Resource Resilience; 3) Healthy Indoor Environments; 4) Healthy Outdoor Environments; and/or 5) Tribal Youth Environmental Programs. A description of these target areas can be found in the 2016 Application Guidance.

There is a two-step process for selecting proposals. The program requires the submission of an Initial Project Summary as a first step; then applicants with the highest quality proposals will be invited to submit full proposals for consideration. The deadline to submit an Initial Project Summary is April 8, 2016.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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