The 2011 Healthy Communities Grant Program integrates nine EPA New England programs Assistance & Pollution Prevention, Asthma, Children¹s Environmental Health, Environmental Justice, Pesticides, Targeted Watershed, Tools for Schools, Toxics, and Urban Environmental Program.
These programs are working in partnership to improve environmental conditions by competitively identifying projects that will achieve measurable environmental, human health and quality of life improvements in communities across New England.
In order to qualify for funding, projects must meet two criteria: (1) be located in and directly benefit one or more of the four Target Investment Areas; and (2) identify measurable environmental and public health results in one or more of the six Target Program Areas.
In 2011, Target Investment Areas include: Environmental justice areas of potential concern, Sensitive populations, Narragansett Bay Watershed (RI & MA), and/or Urban Areas in one or more of the EPA Region I States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and/or Vermont. Target Program Areas include: Asthma, Capacity-Building on Environmental and Public Health Issues, Healthy Indoor/Outdoor Environments, Healthy Schools, Narragansett Bay Watershed-Based Water Quality Management, and/or Urban Natural Resources.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations, local government, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, state or regional agencies, K-12 schools or school districts and tribes.
Proposals may be submitted for amounts up to $35,000 for projects with a New England-wide focus. Proposals for projects taking place in a defined geographic area (e.g., neighborhood, city, state, county) may be submitted for amounts up to $25,000. For projects identifying the Narragansett Bay Watershed-Based Water Quality Management Target Program Area, proposals may be submitted for amounts up to $25,000 for single-state projects taking place in Massachusetts or Rhode Island and up to $40,000 for projects with a Narragansett Bay bi-state (Massachusetts and Rhode Island) watershed focus. The Healthy Communities Grant Program anticipates awarding approximately 10-20 cooperative agreements through this competitive program, based on availability of funding. Project periods will be for one or two years.
The deadline for Initial Project Summaries is May 2, 2011.
The Healthy Communities Grant Program will sponsor four telephone conference calls to address questions before the Initial Project Summary deadline. Participation in the informational sessions is optional, but RSVPs are required. The informational sessions for the Initial Summary Outlines are scheduled for the following dates/times:
April 14, 2011 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 20, 2011 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
April 26, 2011 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Please see Attachment F of the Application Guidance for more details and registration information. After submitting your RSVP, you will receive instructions on how to participate in the conference calls.
The Application Guidance can be found at http://epa.gov/region1/eco/uep/pdfs/2011-HC-Application-Guidance.pdf
For more information, please contact me at Padula.Jennifer@epa.gov or 617-918-1698.
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