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Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-income and/or Minority Communities

Cooperative Agreements to USA Government Entities, Nonprofits, and
IHEs to Improve Capacity to Address Environmental Risks for Children

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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09/10/21 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories government entities, nonprofit institutions, tribes, IHEs, hospitals, and laboratories for capacity building projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take at least one month to complete. The purpose of the program is to improve the efforts of recipient organizations to address children’s environmental health risks, including air pollution and unsafe drinking water, in school and childcare settings that primarily serve low-income or minority communities.

The purpose of this Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities solicitation (RFA) is to provide funds for capacity building activities to address disproportionate children’s environmental health harms and risks in school and/or childcare settings. Funds will support projects that help school communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children. Projects must take place in or directly benefit schools and/or childcare centers that are located in minority and/or low-income communities and/or primarily serve student populations that are minority and/or low-income (e.g., Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Title I schools, tribal schools).

Projects may demonstrate, implement or expand innovative methods and approaches to prevent and reduce exposures in schools and/or childcare settings. Capacity-building programs should be multi-media (involving multiple environmental health hazards stemming from air pollution and/or unsafe drinking water) and holistic (involving multiple stakeholders and built on strong partnerships). 

For the purposes of this solicitation, schools include public, private, charter, parochial and K-12 schools; childcare settings include early care and education, such as nurseries, preschools, pre-kindergartens, centers, child development programs, Head Start, Early Head Start, and in-home childcare facilities. Decision-makers are those adults who have authority for school or childcare facilities or who control, or influence resources used for school or childcare facilities.

While this RFA is intended primarily for capacity building, it may also fund outreach and education as part of capacity building. EPA will consider funding translation of existing materials or the development of new outreach, education, guidance or technical assistance documents only where the applicant demonstrates that there is a need (e.g., that existing quality materials are not available).

Projects must address health outcome disparities from pollution and/or the COVID-19 pandemic and identify and address disproportionate environmental health harms and risks in minority populations and/or low-income populations. Applicants must propose activities eligible for funding under either Clean Air Act Section 103 and/or Safe Drinking Water Act Section 1442. Note that a project’s focus is to consist of activities within the statutory terms of EPA’s financial assistance authorities; specifically, the statute(s) listed above. These activities should relate to the gathering or transferring of information or advancing the state of knowledge. Proposals should emphasize this “learning” concept, as opposed to “fixing” an environmental problem via a well-established method.

  1. CAA, Section 103(b)(3): Conduct research, investigations, experiments, demonstration projects, surveys, and studies (including monitoring) related to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, and control of air pollution.
  2. SDWA, Section 1442(c)(3): Develop and expand the capability to carry out a program (that may combine training, education, and employment) for occupations relating to the public health aspects of providing safe drinking water.
For examples of eligible activities, see p. 4 of the Attached File below.

For Expected Outputs and Outcomes, see p. 6 of the Attached File below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 189887

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Number of Grants:

Under this RFA, EPA intends to award up to 10 cooperative agreements. EPA expects to award one cooperative agreement in each of EPA’s 10 regions; however, EPA may adjust the funding and awards based on the quality of applications received and other relevant considerations

Estimated Size of Grant:

EPA expects that each award will be for, and may not exceed, approximately $200,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects should have an anticipated start date of March 1, 2022.

Proposed project periods may be up to two years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Assistance under this competition is available to states or state agencies, territories, city or township governments, county governments, the District of Columbia, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the U.S. It is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, or public or private nonprofit institutions.

For profit organizations including proprietary colleges and universities are not eligible.

Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding.

This funding is not intended to conduct research and cannot be used to fund human subject research.

Applications must not be used for the purposes of routine program implementation, implementation of routine environmental protection or restoration measures, meeting any legal mandate (such as federal, state, or local regulations or settlement agreements), land acquisition, purchase of vehicles, or completion of work which was to have been completed under a prior grant.

For Ineligible Activities, see p. 11 of the Attached File below.

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of application submissions is September 10, 2021, by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET).

Applications must be submitted electronically through the website - except in the limited circumstances where another mode of submission is specifically allowed for. Please note that your request of an exception to this submission requirement must be received at least 15 calendar days before the application due date to allow enough time to determine alternative submission methods.

Applicants should confirm receipt of their application with the EPA via email (see Contact Infomation below) as soon as possible after the submission deadline - failure to do so may result in your application not being reviewed.

Your organization must be registered with Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a DUNS number and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more.

Applicants may submit only one application under this solicitation.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact:
Becky Cook-Shyovitz
Office of Children’s Health Protection
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
WJ Clinton North, Room 2512
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460

For technical assistance, please contact support desk: 1-800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035.

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