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Grants Available for Hurricane-Impacted Communities

Release Date: 04/07/2006
Contact Information: Dawn Harris-Young, (404) 562-8421, harris-young.dawn@epa.gov

Grants Available for Hurricane-Impacted Communities

(ATLANTA – April 7, 2006) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a new grant opportunity for communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina. The new grant program is titled, "Environmental Justice Grants in Support of Communities Directly Affected by Hurricane Katrina." Total funding for the project is $150,000 and EPA will make awards in the amounts of $25,000 or $50,000 only. Organizations with projects to address local environmental or public health issues stemming from the hurricanes may apply by April 30, 2006.

Eligible applicants for this program are limited to local non-profit community-based organizations and local environmental justice networks, local universities or colleges, and local churches located within the states of Alabama and Mississippi designated eligible for individual assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

To help organizations understand the grant application process, EPA will host workshops at the following times and locations.

Wednesday, April 12, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 6716 Beinville Blvd, (Hwy. 90), Ocean Springs, Miss.
Thursday, April 13, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Faith Tabernacle of Praise, 336 Rodenberg Avenue, Biloxi, Miss.
Thursday, April 13, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Diamondhead Baptist Church, 63789 Diamondhead Drive, North Diamondhead, Miss.
Those who plan to attend are asked to reply to Ella McLendon at 404-562-8316. In addition, EPA will host conference calls Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. EST and Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at 10:00 am EST. The conference call-in number is 1-866-299-3188. When prompted, callers should enter code 4045629649. For more information, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/region4/ej/ejgrants.htm .