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EPA seeks applications for community-based environmental grants

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making $2 million available in 2011
to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed
Environment program.

CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments,
tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce
toxic risks from numerous sources to protect people’s health.

EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from
$75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop
local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each,
will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, identified the
priority toxic risks in their communities, and are prepared to measure results, implement
risk-reduction activities and become self- sustaining.

In 2010, EPA’s CARE program distributed $2 million throughout 14 communities.

Since 2005, 81 communities in 39 states and territories have used CARE grants to
help reduce pollution and protect people’s health. A recent evaluation by the National
Association of Public Administrators recognized the CARE program as a solid tested
framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders.

Applications for the CARE grants are due Mar. 22, 2011, 4:00 p.m. EPA will conduct
three webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application
process on February 8, February 23, and March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

More information about the grants and webcasts, visit http://www.epa.gov/care.

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