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EPA makes $3.5 Million in grants available to Northwest Tribes to help protect Puget Sound

Release Date: 11/10/2009
Contact Information: Tom Eaton, EPA Washington Operations Office, (360) 753-8086, - Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, (206) 553-1203,

(Seattle, Wash. – Nov. 10, 2009) As part of the Agency’s on-going commitment to the health of Puget Sound, the Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is making $3.5 million in grant dollars available to Puget Sound area tribes to implement high priority environmental projects that benefit the Sound.

Grant proposals are due to the EPA by January 12, 2010. EPA will award grants ranging from $200,000 to $600,000. All federally-recognized Indian tribes located within the greater Puget Sound basin and any consortium of these eligible tribes may apply for grants under this program.

According to Michelle Pirzadeh, Acting EPA Regional Administrator in Seattle, this grant program will help Northwest tribes do what they do best, take direct and local action to benefit the environment.

“We have much to learn from tribes about environmental stewardship and taking care of our natural treasures,” said Pirzadeh. “Their leadership and partnership are essential to meet the goal of restoring Puget Sound by 2020.”

EPA is soliciting proposals that implement strategies and actions that are of high ecosystem or human health priority to tribes, and that are consistent with the EPA-approved plan for restoring and protecting Puget Sound, the Puget Sound Partnership’s Action Agenda,

Eligible tribes and tribal consortia in the greater Puget Sound basin can apply for these grants. State and federal agencies, universities, watershed councils, salmon recovery lead entities and non-government entities are not eligible for this solicitation, but they are encouraged to participate by partnering and collaborating with the eligible tribal entities.

Puget Sound is part of a larger trans-boundary ecosystem which includes Puget Sound, southern Georgia Basin, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. These water bodies have also been referred to together as the Salish Sea, the ancestral home of numerous Indian Tribes and First Nations.

Eligible applicants will not be required to demonstrate a non-federal matching contribution. The Puget Sound Partnership will provide the required demonstration of matching contribution for the grants made under this program in the current biennium.

More grant opportunities will come later from the remaining Puget Sound federal funding.

For additional information, visit:

EPA will host a public workshop to provide information and answer questions about the solicitation on Monday, November 23, at 1:00 p.m. Please see above web site for more information.

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