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Environmental Justice Grants Now Available

Release Date: 11/12/2009
Contact Information: LaTonya Sanders, (913) 551-7555, sanders.latonya@epa.gov

Environmental News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., Nov. 12, 2009) - EPA is seeking Environmental Justice Small Grant applications to support projects that address local environmental and public health issues within affected communities.

These grants are available to Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska organizations through the EPA Region 7 office in Kansas City, Kan.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program is designed to help communities understand and address their exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The long-term goals of the EJSG Program are to help build the capacity of the affected community and create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

In addition to the traditional criteria, EPA is encouraging applications that address the disproportionate impacts of climate change in communities by emphasizing climate equity, energy efficiency, renewable energy, local green economy, and green jobs capacity building.

Application packages must be postmarked by 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010. Guidance outlining the eligibility, purposes, goals and general procedures for application and award are available at www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/ej/grants/rfa-small-grant-2020.pdf (43 pp, 521K About PDF) or by contacting EPA Region 7 toll-free at 1-800-223-0425.

Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.

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