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Groups Alerted to Change in Application Requirements for Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Grants

Release Date: 01/21/2009
Contact Information: Chris Whitley, 913-551-7394,

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(Kansas City, Kan., Jan. 21, 2009) - Local governments and community groups eligible to apply for funding from EPA's Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant program are being alerted to a significant change in the 2009 grant application process.

As recently announced by EPA Headquarters, an amendment to the 2009 application process has reduced the acceptable Narrative Proposal page limit to 13 pages, which includes a title page and budget information. The previous limit was 20 pages.

The change is important for governments and community groups to note, as the application deadline for 2009 CARE Cooperative Agreement Requests for Proposals (RFPs) is March 16, 2009. Applicants who submit Narrative Proposals longer than 13 pages will still be eligible for consideration, but any pages beyond 13 will not be considered. Certain other materials, such as resumes and letters of support, can be included as attachments to the RFPs and are not excluded by the new 13-page limit.

EPA plans to award approximately $3 million in CARE grants during 2009. CARE is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment. Through CARE, various local organizations, including non-profits, businesses, schools and governments, create partnerships that identify local environmental problems and then implement community-based approaches toward solving them.

Details about the 2009 CARE grant application process, including the schedule for a series of free informational Webcast presentations scheduled for February 3, 24 and 27, can be found online.
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