$10 M Available to Combat Climate Change
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making available up to $10 million in grants to local governments to establish and carry out initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Under the Climate Showcase Communities program, EPA expects to award approximately 25 cooperative agreements ranging from $100,000 to $500,000, with approximately 5 percent of the funds ($500,000) being made available specifically for tribal governments.
For information on the grants, visit www.epa.gov/statelocalclimate/local/showcase
Local governments, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and inter-tribal consortia are eligible for grants to create sustainable community actions that can be used elsewhere, generate cost-effective GHG reductions and improve the environmental, economic, public health, and social conditions in a community. A 50 percent cost share is required for recipients, except tribal governments and intertribal consortia.
The 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 GHG 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. This is the second round of funding for the Climate Showcase Communities program. Last year, EPA selected 25 projects to receive $10 million in grants.
Proposals are due by 4 p.m. EDT on July 26. Grants are expected to be awarded in February 2011.