EPA New England Healthy Communities Grant Program

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England’s main grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks in order to protect and improve human health and the quality of life, advance resilience, and preserve/restore important ecosystems. EPA acknowledges that all communities are at risk for climate change and extreme weather impacts, and supports planning and preparation for these impacts within Healthy Communities projects.

The Healthy Communities Grant Program anticipates awarding approximately 10 cooperative agreements in 2016, for amounts up to $25,000. Project periods may be for one or two years, starting no earlier than October 1, 2016.

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is identifying and funding projects that:

  • Target resources to benefit communities at risk [areas at risk from climate change impacts, environmental justice areas of potential concern, and/or sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, tribes, urban/rural residents, and others at risk)].
  • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
  • Increase collaboration through partnerships and community-based projects.
  • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems.
  • Advance emergency preparedness and ecosystem resilience.
  • Reduce pollution at the source.
  • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.

EPA New England takes these goals and applies them directly to service the needs of New England residents in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont and federally recognized tribes in New England.

For purposes of this grant program, “Areas at Risk from Climate Change Impacts” include areas that are located within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 500 or 100 year flood zones and United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Hurricane Inundation Zones, or other areas that have been designated as having a risk of flooding through local, state or federal studies. Areas may also be designated as at risk from climate change impacts based on past impacts experienced during extreme weather events such as Hurricane Sandy and Tropical Storm Irene or if it is an area with high levels of impervious cover, stormwater runoff, and/or has experienced contamination from bacteria, nutrients, and/or other pollutants of concern (e.g., sediment, heavy metals, phosphorus, nitrogen, etc.) that is negatively impacting local water quality.         

Examples of 2015 Health Communities grants include Barnstable County and Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts projects addressing stormwater treatments:

Barnstable County was awarded $66,468 for their "Stormwater Treatment Systems" project which compares the effectiveness of nitrogen removal in rain gardens and conventional stormwater systems on Cape Cod parcels that each contain both systems.

The Buzzards Bay Action Committee was awarded $200,000 for their "Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative" project to develop a collaborative framework for municipalities to share resources on universal issues such as stormwater.


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