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U.S. EPA Announces $1 Million Available in Border Environmental Funding

Release Date: 06/19/2013
Contact Information: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov, 213-244-1815


Last day to submit proposals July 31; grant workshops in the border region

LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to announce $1 Million in Border Environmental funding for the California/Baja California and Arizona/Sonora regions. The funds will be awarded under the Border 2020: U.S.-Mexico Environmental Program, in coordination with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). Selected awards will average $50,000 each. All proposals must be submitted by July 31, 2013.

EPA will award grants to projects that reflect the strategic goals of the Border 2020 program, including those that: reduce the disposal of trash and phosphates in the New River; develop educational projects on zero waste and sustainable materials management; assess the state of border environmental health; assess vehicle emissions at the international ports of entry, expand the use of decentralized wastewater systems in rural areas. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that leverage other resources and that demonstrate measurable results.

Grant proposal workshops are being offered in California/Baja California and Arizona/Sonora regions, and will be announced on the EPA and BECC websites in the next few weeks. Successful applicants will be notified on August 30, 2013.

The Border 2020 Program is a bi-national collaborative effort whose mission is to protect human health and the environment in the U.S.-Mexico border region. BECC is an international organization established for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the environment in the U.S. – Mexico border region.

EPA, through the Border 2020 Program, has supported environmental projects along the U.S.-Mexico border since 2005. Since then, over $6 million have been awarded to over 100 grantees in the California/Baja California Arizona/Sonora Region, with an additional $2.5 million leveraged by border partners.

Eligibility is open to U.S. and Mexican non-governmental organizations; local and state governmental agencies; industry associations; universities; U.S. tribes and Mexican indigenous communities.

Proposal applications can be downloaded from the BECC website at www.cocef.org , or, the EPA Border 2020 website at, www.epa.gov/border2020 .
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