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EPA Seeks Applicants for Environmental Justice Grants to Address Local Health and Environmental Issues

Release Date: 02/28/2011
Contact Information: Dave Bary or Joe Hubbard at 214-665-2200 or r6press@epa.gov

(DALLAS – February 28, 2011) The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 office in Dallas is accepting grant applications for $100,000 in funding to support projects designed to educate and enable communities to understand and address local health and environmental issues. Eligible applicants from non-profit, faith-based and tribal organizations working in the community of the proposed project are encouraged to apply.

EPA Region 6 will award four grants of $25,000 to support projects that address a community’s local environmental issues through collaborative partnerships. These grants are available in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Additionally, four grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded nationally to gather science on the environmental and health impacts of exposure to multiple sources of pollution in communities.

Environmental justice means the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Environmental justice issues often involve multiple sources of contamination, like pollution from several industrial facilities within one neighborhood, environmental hazards at the workplace or home, or contamination resulting from the consumption of fish or other subsistence foods.

Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2011. For more information, including eligibility requirements, purposes, goals, and general procedures, please visit
www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2011.pdf
More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html

EPA audio file is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/6xa/podcast/feb2011.html

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