Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging: Training and Demonstration Projects RFP
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to award in early 2009 a total of $200,000, $100,000 each for two grants that 1) train older adults to be environmental leaders and 2) demonstrate how greenways and sustainable streets can improve the environment, human health and the quality of life.
Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Training and Demonstration Projects must include a strategy that either 1) trains older adults to be environmental leaders on local planning decisions that affect their community's built environment; or 2) demonstrates how greenways and sustainable streets can improve the quality of life for persons of all ages while improving environmental quality.
For purposes of this RFP Greenways and Sustainable Streets are defined as follows:
Greenways are linear corridors of open space. They include natural corridors (e.g., along a stream, river, or ridge), canals, rail road rights of way converted to recreational use, and trails. They link places together, inviting city and community residents to experience a connection with the natural environment. Greenways connect neighborhoods, downtowns, schools, community centers, and other important public places. They can include waterfront walkways, stream corridors and other natural ecological reserves, as well as off-street biking and walking paths.
Sustainable Streets are a multimodal rights-of-way designed and operated to create benefits to mobility, community and ecology. They are streets that use sustainable design principles that promote safe, least-polluting ways to connect people and incorporate natural, landscape-based methods that infiltrate, reuse, or evaportranspirate (allow water to evaporate back into the air) stormwater runoff, and mitigate the "urban heat island effect" (the additional heating in the air over a city as the result of replacement of vegetated surfaces with those composed of heat-retaining, man-made materials such as asphalt and dark colored roofing).
Eligible entities include States, or state agencies, the District of Columbia, territories, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the U.S. It is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations.
Letters of intent are encouraged by October 24, 2008.
US EPA OCHPEE
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Room 2512 Ariel Rios North
Washington, D.C. 20460
Please include the following information:
Indicate whether you plan to apply for the Training Grant and/or Greenways and Sustainable Streets Demonstration Grant
Proposals must be submitted by November 21, 2008.
Read more about Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging: Training and Demonstration Projects (EPA-AO-OCHP-08-01)(PDF) (26pp, 146KB, About PDF).