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Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grants Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Environmental Protection Agency , Office of Environmental Justice
CFDA #: 66.306

Purpose of this program:

The purpose of this program is to award grants to eligible community-based organizations in order for those organizations to develop projects which demonstrate the utility of the Federal Interagency Working Group Model on Collaborative Problem-Solving. EPA, through the OEJ, will provide financial assistance to those community-based organizations who wish to engage in capacity-building initiatives, and also constructive engagement and collaborative problem-solving to seek viable solutions for their community's environmental and/or public health issues. Funding Priority: The purpose of this grant program is to award grants to affected non-profit community-based organizations who are working on constructive engagement and collaborative problem-solving to address environmental and/or public health concerns in their communities or who are planning on doing so. A key starting point is the community's involvement in clearly formulating and articulating a goal to be accomplished, (e.g., the goal of the project might be the establishment of a health clinic or medical screening program; or the replacement of diesel buses with clean fuel buses). This may entail outreach and education to affected community residents and other stakeholders. Collaborative problem-solving involves an understanding of the need to seek other partners such as industry, Federal, state and local governments, academia, and environmental organizations to address the community's environmental and/or public health concerns. It involves developing strategic partnerships, by including all organizations which can play a role in addressing the problems. Collaborative problem-solving involves a well designed and strategic plan to sustain the partnership and to work toward addressing the environmental and/or public health issues.