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EPA to Award Environmental Justice Grants

The Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting requests for applications for its 2019 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.

The EPA’s environmental justice grants have been awarded for healthy waters projects, as well as those for clean air, land revitalization and environmental health. Photo: EPA

The program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues.

EPA said the program will award about $1.5 million nationwide via approximately 50 grants, or five per EPA region, of up to $30,000 each. Grants are for one-year projects.

The agency said that given projected increases in extreme weather events and the vulnerability of underserved populations, projects that address emergency preparedness and increase resiliency, as well as projects that include the needs of US military veterans and homeless populations will be prioritized.

Eligible entities include incorporated nonprofit organizations, including, but not limited to environmental justice networks, faith-based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions and federally recognized tribal governments.

Full proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 15, 2019. Applications must be submitted through Grants.gov.

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