The two-part application process begins with submissions of initial project summaries, from which the EPA will select the highest quality proposals to provide a full proposal for their projects. The EPA will accept initial project summaries until April 8, and is planning to award 10 cooperative agreements.
To receive funding through the Healthy Communities program, projects must address one of the EPA’s five target program areas and must benefit one or more communities in a target investment area. For this cycle, the target program areas are Clean, Green and Healthy Schools, Community and Water Resource Resilience, Healthy Indoor Environments, Healthy Outdoor Environments and Tribal Youth Environmental Programs. The target investment areas are Areas at Risk from Climate Change Impacts, Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, Making a Visible Difference Communities and Sensitive Projects.
The grant funding is open to a wide array of organizations, including state, local and government, public and private nonprofit institutions, and schools and school districts.