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EPA Soliciting Environmental Justice Small Grant Applications; Deadline for $15,000 to $20,000 Grants is Dec. 18

Release Date: 11/07/2002
Contact Information: Peyton Fleming, EPA Press Office, 617-918-1008

BOSTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting grant applications under its 2003 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. Grants of up to $20,000 are available and the deadline for applications is midnight on Dec. 18, 2002.

Groups eligible for the grants include community groups (community-based/grassroots organizations, churches or other nonprofit organizations with a focus on community-based issues) and federally recognized tribal governments that are working on projects to address environmental justice issues. Preferences for awards will be given to community-based/grassroots organizations working on local solutions to local environmental problems.

"All people have a right to a clean and safe environment," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator of EPA's New England Office. "EPA's environmental justice grants are about making sure that every community is able to tackle the environmental problems facing them."

A total of about $1.5 million of grants is available nationally, $1 million of which is available for Superfund projects only.

While all applications will be considered, EPA is emphasizing the availability of funds for research projects. Projects that are research-oriented and specific to hazardous substances will be considered under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, often referred to as the Superfund law. The maximum size of individual grants will be $20,000.

Grants of up to $15,000 also are being awarded for multimedia projects that address pollution in more than one environmental medium (air, water etc.)

To receive a copy of an application in both English and Spanish, contact EPA New England's regional Environmental Justice coordinator Kathleen Castanga at 617-918-1429 or Castanga.Kathleen@epa.gov. Copies of the grant guidance and other information can also be found at http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/grants/ej_smgrants.html.