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EPA Seeks Grant Applications To Improve Environmental Health of Older Populations $200,000 available for grants of $15,000 to $25,000 each

Release Date: 05/25/04
Contact Information: Contact: Andrew Spejewski, EPA Press Office, (617) 918-1014

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2004; Release # 04-05-21

BOSTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requesting applications for grants to improve the environmental health of older populations. EPA has $200,000 available for grants of $15,000 to $25,000 each. The grant program is open to non-profit organizations; academic institutions; and state, local, and tribal governments (including environmental, health and aging departments). Applications must be received by June 28, 2004.

Winning grants must fulfill one of the following objectives (in order of priority):

    1. Implement effective training programs for older adults to be environmental leaders in their community.
    2. Develop and implement outreach and educational strategies on risk reduction of environmental health hazards to older adults.
    3. Conduct outreach and educational intergenerational programs that engage older adults and children to address environmental health hazards.
    4. Build state capacity among state, local and tribal agencies of aging, health and the environment to protect the health of older adults from environmental hazards.
    5. Promote healthy communities for older adults through smart growth activities, such as improved transportation choices, better housing options, and encouraging community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions
Examples of eligible projects are: Training socio-economically disadvantaged elders to conduct outreach and education on environmental issues in their communities; conducting an environmental health needs assessment for older minorities of environmental hazards in the community; raising awareness of the benefits of using non-chemical and alternatives to pesticides in community gardens; or convening a state-wide or tribal summit on environmental health hazards for older adults (such as triggers for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and preparing a plan of action to address these hazards.

More information on the grants is available at:, by contacting, or by writing to:

Kathy Sykes, U.S. EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection, Room 2512 N (Mail Code 1107A), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004-2403.

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