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Environmental Justice Small Grants

EPA Announces Opportunity to Apply for 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants

Up to Five Awards Available in Southeast

Contact: Daphne Wilson, 404-562-9098 (direct), wilson.daphne@epa.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it is seeking applicants for a total of $1.5 million in environmental justice small grants to be awarded in 2013. EPA’s environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution. One to five grants per EPA region will be made in amounts of up to $30,000 per award.

“Environmental justice grants support efforts to raise awareness about local health and environmental concerns,” said Lisa Garcia, EPA’s senior advisor to the administrator for environmental justice. “By supporting local projects in under-served communities, communities are able to develop plans and partnerships that will continue to improve their local environment and better protect human health into the future.”

The 2013 grant solicitation is now open and will close on Jan. 7, 2013. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host four pre-application teleconference calls on Oct. 30, 2012; Nov. 14, 2012; Dec. 1, 2012; and Dec. 13, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements.

Previous grants in the Southeast have supported activities including projects to engage citizens along the Alabama coast in addressing storm water runoff and oil pollution following the BP spill, conduct research on surface water contamination near swine lagoons and spray fields Eastern North Carolina and identify and reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants and other environmental hazards inside affordable housing projects in Atlanta, Ga.

The principles of environmental justice uphold the idea that all communities overburdened by pollution – particularly minority, low income and indigenous communities – deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work. Since 1994, the environmental justice small grants program has provided funding in more than 1,300 communities, to community-based non-profit organizations and local governments working to address environmental justice issues. The grants represent EPA’s commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.

Environment Justice Small Grants 2013 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application teleconference calls: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2013.pdf

More information about the Environmental Justice Small Grants program:


More information about EPA’s Environmental Justice activities across the Southeast:http://www.epa.gov/region4/ej/index.html


EPA Awards Six Environmental Justice Grants in the Southeast

Contact: William McBride, 404-562-8378 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main), mcbride.william@epa.gov

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 50 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Six of those 50 were awarded to organizations within region EPA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, and TN) totaling over $147,000. Organizations receiving grants in EPA Region 4 include:

Legacy Village Inc. (Carry and Rolling Fork, MS) seeks to organize, educate and build capacity among Cary and Rolling Fork residents and property owners, helping them to identify and address potential harmful contaminants found in drinking water, homes, and air. The project addresses these concerns in a two phase approach that incorporates community education and research to address environmental vulnerabilities and health risk among residents. Activities include community forums, neighborhood outreach, networking with faith based organizations and data collection and analysis.

Mobile Baykeepers, Inc. (Mobile, AL) will train residents in communities surrounding Threemile Creek to conduct long-term monitoring of local waterways. Through data collection and analysis, the community will develop strategies to reduce impacts from stormwater runoff. The project will meet its goal by establishing a comprehensive outreach and education campaign, community cleanup efforts and a coalition of residents dedicated to sustain clean waterways.

Cape Fear River Watch Inc. (Wilmington, NC) intends to address the lack of affordable environmental education for children living in the Greenfield Lake Burnt Mill Creek Watershed. The organization will establish environmentally-focused camps for underserved children ages 8 to 17. The camps, with activities focused on learning about the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, will teach participants to be excellent stewards of the environment through personal action. Students will gain experience in scientific methods related to the survey of water quality and field work. Learning data analysis will lead to finding solutions to minimize negative impacts on local waterways. Students will also be encouraged to make real world connections and develop critical thinking skills through the exploration of New Hanover County Watershed.

Toxic Free North Carolina (Raleigh, NC) seeks to improve the health and safety of migrant and seasonal farmworkers through education about pesticide exposure by creating a plain language analysis of EPA’s Worker Protection Standards available in both Spanish and French. The project will develop and deliver a series of training sessions throughout North Carolina. These sessions will cover workers’ rights as they relate to pesticides in the workplace and EPA’s proposed revisions to the Worker Protection Standard. The project hopes to encourage immigrant and low-income workers to become engaged in local federal rulemaking process that may impact their health, safety and welfare.

Farmworker Association of Florida (Apopka, FL) seeks to find a resolution to the under-reporting of pesticides related illnesses and lack of health education for area farmworkers. The organization will fund a special initiative to its Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health (PSEH) Project. The work of this initiative, which involves monitoring working conditions and education on toxic substances, aligns with the Toxic Substances Control Act and Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Through the PSEH Project, the Farmworkers Association will help to reduce pesticide exposure, improve the health of framworkers and train healthcare providers to address health issues that stem from pesticide exposure.

Museum of Science (Miami, FL) will support a Hydroponic Garden (HUG) Project designed to raise awareness regarding agricultural chemicals and processed foods in Miami’s ethically-diverse Coconut Grove/Coral Way Community. The HUG Project will highlight the broad environmental benefits of urban hydroponic systems as well as the nutritional benefits derived from incorporating more fresh produce into urban diets. The Museum will develop a field trip curriculum focused on a hands-on learning approach. By establishing hydroponic gardens at five local elementary schools, the HUG Project will educate young people, area schools and families about viable alternatives to potentially-harmful fertilizers and pesticides used in modern industrial agriculture.

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 1,300 communities. The grants represent EPA’s continued commitment to expand the conversation on environmentalism and advance environmental justice in communities across the nation.

2012 EJ Small Grant recipients and project descriptions: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-recipients-2012.pdf

More information about EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants program: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-smgrants.html

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State Clean Diesel Program (Reductions) http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgstate.htm#prog Alan Powell 404-562-9045
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    Lora Schroeder 404-562-9015
    Stuart Perry 404-562-8980
Climate Showcase Communities Grant Program http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/showcase.html Jane Kurtz 202-343-9304
Clean Air Act Section 103 Fine Particulate Matter


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Stuart Perry 404-562-8980
    Frank Ellis 703-308-8107
    Patsy Brooks 404-562-9145
Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring Cooperative Agreements      
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State Pesticides Program Grants & Performance Partnership Grants http://www.epa.gov/compliance/state/grants/fifra.html Richard Corbett 404-562-9008
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Community Action for a Renewed Environment http://www.epa.gov/CARE/basic.htm

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Environmental Justice (Grants and Cooperative Agreements) http://www.epa.gov/compliance/environmentaljustice/grants/index.html Elvie Barlow 404-562-9650
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Environmental Policy and State Innovation Grants



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Latoya Miller



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