The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced funding for New England’s Healthy Communities Grant Program to support projects benefiting one or more New England communities.
EPA said in a release that $1.75 million will be made available for the Healthy Communities Grant Program to identify projects:
- Targeting resources to benefit communities at risk [areas at risk from climate change impacts, environmental justice areas of potential concern, sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban/rural residents, and others at increased risk), and Southeast New England coastal watersheds].
- Assessing, understanding and reducing environmental and human health risks.
- Increasing collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
- Building institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
- Advancing emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience.
- Achieving measurable environmental and human health benefits.
In 2015, the agency said that its “Target Investment Areas” include: Areas at Risk from Climate Change Impacts, Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, Sensitive Populations, and/or Southeast New England Coastal Watersheds. “Target Program Areas” include: Capacity-Building on Environmental and Public Health Issues; Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools; Community and Water Resource Resilience; Healthy Indoor Environments; Healthy Outdoor Environments; and/or Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration.
Eligible applicants include colleges and universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, Native American tribal governments, and K-12 schools or independent school districts, among others.
EPA said it expects to award a total of 10 to 15 cooperative agreements of up to $25,000, with the exception of projects identifying the Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration Target Program Area, which may request up to $200,000.
The deadline to submit an Initial Project Summary is April 30, 2015. In order to answer questions from prospective applicants, the Healthy Communities Grant Program will host conference calls on April 16 and April 21, 2015, the agency said.
Learn more at http://www.epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/hcgp.html.