U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
09/10/21 11:59 PM ET
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.
For Expected Outputs and Outcomes, see p. 6 of the Attached File below.
GrantWatch ID#: 189887
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
EPA expects that each award will be for, and may not exceed, approximately $200,000.
All projects should have an anticipated start date of March 1, 2022.
Proposed project periods may be up to two years.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For further information, contact:
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 Grants.gov support desk: 1-800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035.
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