Water Quality “Urban Green” Grants

EPA will award at least $1.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization.  The goal of the urban waters small grants are to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.  Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  • Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  • Local water quality monitoring programs
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  • Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals

Information about urban waters small grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at http://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/fundingProposals are due by January 23, 2012.  Questions can be submitted in writing via e-mail to urbanwaters@epa.gov and addressed to Ji-Sun Yi, by January 16, 2012.  EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012.

EPA’s Urban Waters program supports the goals and principles of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, a partnership of 11 federal agencies working to reconnect urban communities with their waterways.  For information on the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, visit http://urbanwaters.gov.