Government Grants to Address Pollution
Spread the word about this time-sensitive opportunity: Applications for the CARE grants are due March 22, 2011, 4:00 p.m. EST. EPA will conduct three webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on February 8, February 23, and March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has allocated $2 million to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program.
This might seem like a small sum of money seeing that a good number of communities across the nation, whether it's a case of toxic algae in lakes or crude oil spills, are in dire need of environmental cleanups, but at least there's $2 million to go around, which is still better than zero dollars.
CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and even educational centers such as universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources to protect people’s health.
This makes CARE an excellent opportunity for anyone involved in any of the establishments above to apply for free money, not only for clean up efforts after an environmental contamination has occurred, but actually to educate people so that risk of environmental contamination can be avoided in the first place.
Successful applicants will receive badly needed funds that will help them improve their immediate environment which will in turn, improve the health and quality of living for everyone in the community.
EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 each, will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, identified the priority toxic risks in their communities, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining.Continued on the next page