EPA Willing to Pay for Model Climate Change Communities

Up to $10 million in "Climate Showcase Communities" grants is available to local and tribal governments to establish and implement climate change initiatives, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. EDT on July 22. Grants are expected to be awarded in January 2010.

The agency expects to award approximately 30 cooperative agreements, each one ranging from $100,000 to $500,000. Approximately 5 percent of the funds ($500,000) are set-asides for tribal governments.

"Ending climate change and moving to a sustainable, clean energy future begins on the ground in our communities," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "We're offering a helping hand to local areas that are leading the way in confronting climate change, and a call to action for anyone concerned about making a difference where they live. We can cut energy costs and reduce harmful emissions at the local level, and build a model for fighting climate change in every community."

EPA requests proposals from local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia to create replicable models of sustainable community action, generate cost-effective greenhouse gas reductions, and improve the environmental, economic, public health, and social conditions in a community. A 50 percent cost-share is required for recipients, with the exception of tribal governments and intertribal consortia that are exempt from matching requirements under this grant.

This grant program is administered by EPA's Local Climate and Energy Program, an initiative to assist local and tribal governments to identify, implement, and track policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions within their operations and surrounding communities. Over the course of the grant program, EPA will offer training and technical support to grant recipients, and share lessons learned with communities across the nation.

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