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Funding Available for Geographic Based Environmental Projects

Release Date: 1/17/2003
Contact Information: Dan Phalen
(206) 553-1200

January 17, 2003

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications to fund projects that will address environmental challenges in the Pacific Northwest. The funding is part of EPA's Regional Geographic Initiative (RGI) which targets unique, geographically-based projects that fill critical gaps in the Agency’s ability to protect human health and the environment. The funds are available to a wide range of organizations including local governments, tribes, non-profit groups, hospitals and laboratories.

Proposals will be accepted for innovative projects ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Total funds available are yet to be determined. In Fiscal Year 2002, EPA funded 14 projects totalling $400,000.

"This is a terrific opportunity for the people in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska,” said Dan Phalen, RGI Coordinator for EPA's Regional Office in Seattle. “In the past we have seen advancements in environmental protection such as ground water protection planning in SE Idaho and real time air monitoring in eastern Oregon.”

Applications for the next round of grants must be postmarked by March 18. More information about the grants program and application forms are available from the website at or by calling (800)424-4372, the toll-free number from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

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