Healthy Communities Grant Program

Grants are awarded to support projects that meet two criteria: (1) They must be located in and directly benefit one or more Target Investment Areas (Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, Places with High Risks from Toxic Air Pollution, Sensitive Populations, and/or Urban Areas); and (2) They

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must achieve measurable environmental and public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas (generally defined in the annual competitive funding announcement).

Funds for all projects should support activities to restore or revitalize the environment, provide education, outreach, training, organize, or conduct community planning activities in the Target Program Areas.

The Regional Office will only accept submissions for projects that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within the six New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Projects that are National in scope are not eligible for funding under this Regional Program.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: Asthma: Projects that increase the number of people with asthma who take actions to reduce their exposure to environmental triggers (improved self-management of asthma).

Projects should identify, disseminate and promote the use of existing or innovative education and outreach products and services with proven effectiveness.

Projects can target geographic areas and various settings (e.g., communities, schools, homes/housing, etc.) and address indoor air quality issues.

Healthy homes approaches should include interventions to reduce environmental triggers such as integrated pest management and reduction of indoor air pollutants (e.g.

particulate matter, dust, mold, environmental tobacco smoke, etc.).

Applicants are encouraged to integrate environmental trigger avoidance into comprehensive asthma management programs, as recommended by the National Asthma Education Prevention Program (NAEPP)

Applicants are further encouraged to integrate comprehensive asthma management programs into holistic "Healthy Homes" approaches to environmental diseases as well as partnerships with managed care organizations and health care payers to incorporate the environmental aspects of asthma into provider referral and reimbursement systems.

While it is appropriate to place environmental trigger avoidance into the broader context of medical management in EPA-funded activities, where non-environmental asthma management (e.g., medical management) activities are proposed, applicants must be prepared to document alternative funding sources for such activities.

Capacity Building on Environmental and Public Health Issues: Projects that increase regional, state, tribal, community, and neighborhood access to information, dialogue, collection and use of data (e.g., GIS mapping, risk evaluation, risk mitigation, collecting emissions data, etc.), and/or improve methods of risk characterization; organize and sponsor community training events, or other forums that increase citizen involvement in understanding or addressing environmental and public health issues (topics may include, but are not limited to: environmental justice, indoor/ambient air quality, lead, asthma, pesticides, transportation, urban rivers/wetlands, water quality, open/green space, and/or energy); build new or strengthen existing coalitions to address schools, States, or regional programs and one or more other environmental and public health issue(s) are encouraged.

Research projects, surveys, trainings and/or studies that address tribal compliance assistance, tribal compliance monitoring, and/or tribal enforcement issues associated with waste management, schools and public water systems on federally recognized tribal lands in New England are also encouraged.

Clean Energy: Projects that promote clean energy, through energy efficiency measures that reduce energy consumption, or through the generation of energy from renewable resources, including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal sources are priorities for EPA.

Priority sectors for energy efficiency and renewables include municipalities, schools, and colleges and universities.

Municipal projects should focus on reducing energy consumption within municipal buildings, including offices, schools and wastewater treatment plants.

In general, these projects should focus on more efficient use of energy, and water, as well as the potential use of renewable energy to supply electricity or heat to a facility in place of power provided by the local utility.

Proposed projects in this Target Program Area require a 5% match.

Please see Section III B, Matching for additional information.

Healthy Indoor/Outdoor Environments: Projects that focus on reducing and/or preventing childhood lead poisoning, reducing asthma triggers, promoting integrated pest management; reducing childhood exposure to one or more toxins (PCBs, dioxin, mercury, lead, pesticides, etc.) and promoting comprehensive healthy homes and other indoor environments are encouraged.

Projects that reduce indoor or ambient air toxics in a city, community or county, including those to create and implement risk management plans, conduct risk screening, build technical training capacity to help reduce community exposure to indoor and or outdoor air toxics are also encouraged under this category.

Healthy Schools: Projects that train K-12 school teams to implement EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program ( through state-wide, regional, or local workshops; develop or support a systems approach to improving environmental conditions in schools including customization and implementation of EPA's Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT); train K-12 school teams to address asthma triggers, deploy integrated pest management techniques particularly in urban areas and/or tribal schools (; or efforts which combine several project areas described in this grant solicitation are encouraged.

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Pollution Prevention and Recycling: Projects that prevent pollution at the source of production through toxic use reduction and the more efficient use of materials, energy, water, and natural resources; and projects that reduce environmental impacts by promoting recycling, composting, waste minimization, beneficial reuse, market development, and sustainable purchasing practices.

Priority sectors for pollution prevention and recycling include K-12 schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities, marinas, and colleges and universities.

K-12 schools projects should focus on more efficient use of energy, water, reduction of waste generation and/or natural resources including recycling, composting, and/or chemical management (

Smart Growth: Projects that encourage compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly development in urban areas.

Smart growth can improve air quality by replacing some motor vehicle trips with walking, biking, and other clean forms of transportation, reducing exposure to airborne pollutants and risk of respiratory illnesses.

Smart growth also can improve water quality by reducing impervious surfaces and preserving green spaces both of which can reduce exposure to waterborne pollutants.

Examples of smart growth projects include community involvement in development and redevelopment projects; environmentally-sound reuse of vacant lots; improved transportation choices, including transit, pedestrian, and bicycle facilities; and projects that improve public health through improvements to the built environment.

Urban Natural Resources and Open/Green Space: Projects that train and educate the general public on ways to identify, prevent and/or reduce or eliminate toxic substances and contamination on vacant lots and open/green space; train and educate the general public or other community stakeholders on ways to increase community access to urban rivers and other urban natural resources if such access is related to the causes, effects, extent, reduction, prevention and/or elimination of pollution; train and educate groups of urban community stakeholders on methods to identify, reduce, prevent or eliminate exposures to pollution in soil, air or water; train groups, community/neighborhood stakeholders, and/or residents in holistic and comprehensive approaches for promoting pollution prevention efforts in a sustainable manner that improves, protects and/or enhances the ecological health of urban natural resources.

Water Quality Monitoring or Analyses: Projects that focus on determining the quality of a particular water body or watershed, identifying water quality problem(s), and/or determining the cause of pollution through water quality monitoring and/or analyses of water bodies.

Projects should involve community groups, educational institutions, watershed groups and/or other organizations.

Projects can provide and/or support educational opportunities for students, interns or citizens to learn more about science, biology and water quality monitoring.

Projects focusing on urban and/or environmental justice areas are encouraged.

Other Topics and Issues: On an annual basis, the competitive annoucement may identify additional funding priorities.
Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of funded projects include such activities as: (1) Assisting school teams to reduce the prevalence of asthma triggers in urban school districts; (2) Conducting an education and outreach campaign in low-income diverse urban neighborhoods on vehicle idling, asthma, and ambient air quality; (3) Identifying neighborhood environmental and/or public health concerns to local residents and developing strategies to measurably improve the local environment and/or public health; (4) Developing an integrated pest management program which focuses on reducing pesticide exposures for elderly populations; and (5) Developing and implementing a volunteer water monitoring program to measure and track the water quality of a water body or watershed in a community.

There are many other types of eligible projects.

This grant program is designed to allow applicants the flexibility to propose a project that fits community needs and funding priorities.

Additional examples of funded projects can be found at

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.

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