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EPA SEEKS ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE GRANT PROPOSALS, ANNOUNCES GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

Release Date: 12/29/1997
Contact Information: Leo Kay, Press Office (617) 918-4154

BOSTON - The New England office of the Environmental Protection Agency called today for community groups and tribal governments to put together proposals for 1998 environmental justice grant projects.

The EPA will schedule a couple of grant-writing workshops during January and February. The first workshop will occur January 20 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The application deadline is March 6.

The grant program provides financial assistance to community based grassroots organizations, churches or other non-profit groups and tribal governments that are working on projects to address environmental justice issues. Environmental justice involves the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.

The EPA has made environmental justice a priority, awarding millions of dollars annually to community groups working on issues ranging from lead paint in older housing to revitalizing vacant lots in cities and towns throughout the country.

In 1997, the EPA awarded more than $300,000 to 17 New England applicants who requested grant monies ranging from $14,000 to $20,000. This year, the EPA's New England office has approximately $250,000 in grant funds, $50,000 of which is available for Superfund projects only.

If you need copies of the request for proposal, or need additional information about the workshops, contact Rhona Julien at (617) 565-9454.