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EPA Seeks Applications for Environmental Justice Projects

Release Date: 12/13/2013
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, 404-562-8293 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main), marraccini.davina@epa.gov

ATLANTA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking applicants for a total of $1.2 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving cooperative agreements to be awarded in 2014. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations.

The 2014 solicitation is now open and will close on Feb. 18, 2014. One award will be made per region in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period.

Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe in which the proposed project is located. Successful applications must demonstrate measureable environmental and/or public health results. Interested applicants are invited to participate in conference calls in January and February with EPA to address questions about the solicitation.

The Collaborative Problem-Solving program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The program requires recipients to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model as part of their projects. The model is a systematic approach towards developing proactive, strategic, and visionary approaches to address environmental justice issues and achieve community health and sustainability.

Previous cooperative agreements in the Southeast have supported projects to help revitalize a community in Spartanburg, S.C.; facilitated discussions between hog farmers, the swine industry and local communities in North Carolina impacted by poor water and air quality; and built the capacity of four EJ organizations in South Carolina to help them address the environmental and social justice concerns within their communities.

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving 2014 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application assistance teleconference calls: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-cps-rfp-2014.pdf

More information about the Environmental Justice Small Grants program:
http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-cps-grants.html

More information about EPA’s Environmental Justice activities across the Southeast:
http://www.epa.gov/region4/ej/index.html

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