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EPA Region III Announces a $1 Million Grant Program for Projects that Protect Human Health and the Environment

Release Date: 5/27/2004
Contact Information: Donna Heron, 215-814-5113 & Barbara Latsios, 215-814-5384

Donna Heron, 215-814-5113 & Barbara Latsios, 215-814-5384

PHILADELPHIA – Donald S. Welsh, regional administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, announced today that $1 million in Regional Geographic Initiative (RGI) grants is now available for projects that can demonstrate specific environmental results in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

“We are looking to fund projects that can show measurable results within a specific time frame,” Welsh said. “The individual grants, ranging from $25,000 to $150,000, will go to projects that showcase innovation, promote collaboration, identify opportunities for leveraging other funding sources and address a combination of environmental issues – such as solid waste and clean air – in the same project.”

Specifically, grant applications must address one of three regional priorities:

* Watershed restoration, which includes source water protection, acidification, water supply, wet weather, and total maximum daily loads (TMDL).

* Reducing environmental exposure to sensitive populations, which includes reducing lead exposure in children, reducing asthma in children and the elderly, and reducing exposures to pesticides, asbestos, radon and harmful food exposures.

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* Enhancing environmentally responsible development, which includes low impact development projects, greenways, transportation, economic development, Energy Star/green energy, minimizing environmental impacts, and green architecture (reducing storm water).

The RGI grants are open to state, city, and township governments, special districts, Indian Tribes, school districts, public and private institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations, community action agencies and other organizations having 501(c)(3) status.

To be eligible, all applications must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service or date stamped by courier service, on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Friday, July 16, 2004. Selection of potential recipients will be based on EPA’s Policy for Competition in Assistance Agreements.

Awards will be made for projects starting October 1, 2004 or later with performance periods not to exceed two years.

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