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2012 Environmental Justice Small Grants announced by EPA.

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December 12, 2012 - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.2 million in competitive grants for 50 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Grants foster research, education, and development of solutions to local health and environmental issues in low-income communities burdened by harmful pollution. According to Lisa Garcia, these grants will be given to organizations in 26 states and Puerto Rico.

EPA Announces Recipients of 2012 Environmental Justice Small Grants


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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Ariel Rios Building
Washington, DC, 20460
USA



Press release date: December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a total of $1.2 million in competitive grants awarded to 50 non-profit and tribal organizations working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in low-income communities overburdened by harmful pollution.

“EPA’s environmental justice grants provide important support to community-based organizations working to advance environmental justice at the local level,” said Lisa Garcia, senior advisor to the administrator for environmental justice. “This year’s grants will help organizations in 26 states and Puerto Rico perform projects that will educate residents about environmental issues that may impact their health, collect data about local environmental conditions, and work to address environmental justice issues in their communities.”

The 2012 grants support activities that address a range of community concerns including restoring and protecting waterways, reducing exposure to air pollutants from diesel exhaust and seeking healthier alternatives to household pesticides.

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

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