Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program

To support analyses, studies, evaluations, surveys, investigations, conferences, demonstrations and special purpose projects which empower communities to reduce risks from exposures to toxic pollutants in the air, in the water, and on the land through collaborative action at the local level.

Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: The CARE program aims to: (1) Reduce exposures to toxic pollutants through collaborative action at the local level; (2) Help communities gain an understanding of all potential sources of exposure to toxic pollutants; (3) Work with communities to set priorities for risk reduction activities; and, (4) Create self sustaining, community based partnerships that will continue to improve the local environment.

The following program strategies will be used: (1) Provide information and a variety of tools to help communities understand and assess toxic risks; (2) Collaborate with community stakeholder groups to prioritize plans for risk reduction; (3) Mobilize local resources and utilize EPA voluntary programs to implement risk reduction activities; (4) Link EPA programs together to efficiently support communities; (5) Create a positive environment that encourages all members of the community including businesses and colleges and universities to join the collaborative partnership; (6) Facilitate networking among CARE communities to share experiences and lessons learned; and, (7) Build long term community capacity to continue improving the local environment.
Examples of Funded Projects

CARE is a unique community-based, community-driven, multimedia demonstration program designed to help communities undersand and reduce risks due to toxic and environmental pollutants from all sources.

Projects funded under the CARE program include: (1) the development of an assessment of toxins and pollution sources used to educate residents about their impact on local health and the environment; (2) assisting owners of homes with lead-based paint in obtaining remediation funds and development of a neighborhood toxic education program; (3) the study of all potential local sources of toxic risk in order to develop a long-term voluntary toxics management system to reduce the generation of toxic pollutants; (4) the creation of a Community Partnership that is a multi-stakeholder group - that includes industries, communities, small business owners - to conduct a community capacity building program to identify the concerns of the communities and to discuss how to address them; and (5) a collaborative project with community agencies to address the negative environmental and public health impact that small automotive repair and body shops have on their employees and neighbors, while avoiding putting shops out of business by regulatory enforcement.

Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.