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Environmental Protection Agency: Urban Waters Small Grants Program

Deadline: November 20, 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is soliciting proposals for projects that will advance EPA’s water quality and environmental justice goals. Proposed projects will address urban runoff pollution through diverse partnerships that produce multiple community benefits, with emphasis on underserved communities. The Urban Waters Program helps local residents and their organizations restore their urban waters in ways that also benefit community and economic revitalization. This program recognizes that healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social, and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

The term “underserved communities” refers to communities with environmental justice concerns and/or susceptible populations. Communities with environmental justice concerns include minority, low-income, tribal, and indigenous populations or communities in the United States that potentially experience disproportionate environmental harms and risks as a result of greater vulnerability to environmental hazards.

In general, projects should meet the following four program objectives:

  • Address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution
  • Provide additional community benefits
  • Actively engage underserved communities
  • Foster partnership

Amount: $1,600,000 is available for grants ranging from $40,000-$60,000 each.

Eligibility: States, local governments, Indian Tribes, public and private universities and colleges, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, intertribal consortia, and interstate agencies.

Proposed project activities must take place entirely within one of the Eligible Geographic Areas; see the online mapping tool: http://geoplatform3.epa.gov/UW_SmallGrantsMap/index.html

Link: http://www2.epa.gov/urbanwaters/20152016-urban-waters-small-grants-request-proposals

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