Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a total of $1.1 million in competitive grants to 39 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. The grants will enable the organizations to develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in low-income, minority and tribal communities overburdened by harmful pollution.
"EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants are making a visible difference in communities across the country," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy who announced the grants today. "These grants help build capacity, raise awareness, and equip communities with the tools to address environmental challenges -- from climate change impacts to brownfields and water pollution. I'm proud to continue to promote these important grants and advance EPA's long-term commitment to our community stakeholders."
The 2013 grants support activities that address a range of community concerns such as reducing exposure to indoor environmental asthma triggers, restoring and protecting waterways, educating child care professionals on ways to prevent lead poisoning, and reducing pesticide use in child care facilities.
Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. Since 1994, EPA's environmental justice small grants program has supported projects to address environmental justice issues in more than 1,400 communities. The grant awards represent EPA's commitment to promoting community-based actions to address environmental justice issues.
In the fall of 2013, EPA will issue a Request for Proposals for the FY 2014 Collaborative Problem Solving Grants. A schedule of pre-application community stakeholder teleconference calls will be announced at that time.
2013 EJ Small Grant recipients and project descriptions: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-recipients-2013.pdf
More information about EPA's Environmental Justice Small Grants program: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html