The EPA announced it has awarded more than $1 million in grants to 46 non-profit and tribal organizations, working to address environmental justice issues nationwide. The EPA also announced it is seeking applicants for $1 million in environmental justice small grants expected to be awarded in 2012. EPA’s environmental justice efforts are aimed to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.
The EPA has stood by their belief that by supporting local environmental justice projects in under-served communities, they are expanding the conversation on environmentalism and advancing environmental justice in communities across the nation.
The grants will support activities including projects to protect children in the Boston-area from lead poisoning and asthma, conduct research on air quality in a port-side Philadelphia community, and provide support to residents on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota to repair failing septic systems and identify water that is unsafe to drink.
Enrollment for the 2012 grant solicitation is open and will close on February 29, 2012. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues.