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Funding Available for Innovative Environmental Projects

Release Date: 11/8/2005
Contact Information: Dan Phalen
(206) 553-8578

November 8, 2005

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications to fund projects that support community driven approaches to solving environmental problems in Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington). Proposals will be accepted for innovative projects ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.

EPA’s Regional Geographic Initiative (RGI) funds projects that fill critical gaps in the Agency’s ability to protect human health and the environment by fostering and supporting community-driven approaches to long-term, sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

This year, RGI proposals must support either reducing risks for vulnerable populations or holistic environmental protection. The funds are available to a wide range of organizations including local governments, tribes, states, and nonprofit groups such as watershed councils.

“RGI encourages folks to think creatively,” said Dan Phalen, RGI Coordinator for EPA’s Regional office in Seattle. Successful projects generally foster innovation and promote partnerships.”

RGI funds are awarded annually on a competitive basis. RGI assistance agreements have been very competitive. In 2005, Region 10 received over 100 proposals and ten were funded.

This year’s proposals must be postmarked or submitted electronically by December 15, 2005.

For more information about the selection criteria and application forms are available from the website below or by calling the toll-free number (800) 424-4372.

Contact: Dan Phalen, EPA Region 10, Seattle, WA (206) 553-8578
Tony Brown, EPA Region 10, Seattle, WA (206) 553-1203

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