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EPA Awards Environmental Justice Grants to 73 Community Organizations

Release Date: 11/04/2004
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Contact: Enesta Jones 202-564-7873 /

(11/04/04) During the last two fiscal years EPA awarded a combined total of $1.28 million to 73 non-profit organizations which work at the local level on behalf of communities to address environmental/public health issues. Since 1994, EPA has awarded $17.68 million to 1,052 grant recipients.

In FY 2003, the program focused on two areas: 1) education, outreach and community involvement and 2) research specific to hazardous substances. A total of 56 grants were awarded. Each recipient received between $8,000 and $20,000 each.

Beginning in FY 2004, the program was renamed the Environmental Justice Hazardous Substance Research Small Grants Program, and focused on research projects related to multiple environmental risks. Because such environmental harms and risks have the most impact at the community level, the grants were awarded to community-based organizations. A total of 17 grants worth $25,000 were awarded.

In FY 2005, the Environmental Justice Hazardous Substance Research Small Grants Program will make available $500,000 in grant funds to community-based organizations. The Request for Application will be available after Dec. 1, 2004. You may obtain a copy by calling your local regional office, calling the hotline at 1-800-962-6215 or visiting our Web site at: . A list of the 73 awards for FY 2003 and 2004 is also available on this Web site.