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2021 Healthy Communities Grant Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, Schools, and
Tribes in Multiple States to Address Environmental and Human Health Risks

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United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) New England

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05/20/21 11:59 PM


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Cooperative agreements of up to $30,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, K-12 schools and school districts, and Tribal governments in multiple states to address environmental and human health risks. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take a month or more to complete. Projects must be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the Target Investment Areas within Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and/or tribal lands in New England.

The Healthy Communities Grant Program is EPA New England's main competitive grant program to work directly with communities to reduce environmental risks to protect and improve human health and the quality of life. The Healthy Communities Grant Program will achieve this through identifying and funding projects that:

  • Target resources to benefit communities at risk
  • Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks
  • Increase collaboration through community-based projects
  • Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environmental and human health problems
  • Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits
  • Advance emergency preparedness and resilience

To qualify as eligible projects under the Healthy Communities Grant Program, proposed projects must: (1) be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the Target Investment Areas; and (2) identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas. 

  • Target Investment Areas: Areas Needing to Create Community Resilience, Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, and/or Sensitive Populations
  • Target Program Areas: Clean, Green and Healthy Schools; Energy Efficiency; Healthy Tribal Drinking Water Quality; Healthy Indoor Environments; Healthy Outdoor Environments; and/or Pollution Prevention

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GrantWatch ID#: 154532

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The Healthy Communities Grant Program anticipates awarding approximately 10 cooperative agreements in 2021.

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Proposals may be submitted for amounts up to $30,000.

Term of Contract:

Project periods may be for one or two years, starting no earlier than October 1, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In accordance with CFDA 66.110, eligible applicants for awards under this announcement include State and Local Governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts; and non-profit organizations (e.g., grassroots and/or community-based organizations). Applicants need not be physically located within the boundaries of the EPA regional office to be eligible to apply for funding, but must propose projects that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within their Region.

While not considered to be a non-profit organization(s) as defined by 2 C.F.R. § 200.1, public or nonprofit Institutions of Higher Education are, nevertheless, eligible to submit applications under this RFA. Hospitals operated by state, tribal, or local governments or that meet the definition of nonprofit at 2 C.F.R. § 200.1 are also eligible to apply as nonprofits or as instrumentalities of the unit of government depending on the applicable law. For-profit organizations such as colleges,
universities, trade schools, and hospitals are ineligible.

Private businesses, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to be grant recipients. However, they are encouraged to work in partnership with eligible applicants on projects.

EPA strongly encourages all eligible applicants identified above, including minority serving institutions (MSIs), to apply under this opportunity. For purposes of this solicitation, the following are considered MSIs:
1. Historically Black Colleges and Universities
2. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
3. Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
4. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
5. Predominately Black Institutions (PBIs)

Pre-proposal Conference:

In order to answer applicant questions, the Healthy Communities Grant Program will sponsor four conference calls to address questions before the application is due. The information sessions are optional, but registration is required for participation.

Calls will be held: April 1, 6, and 15, 2021

To register for one of the conference calls, please email ( all necessary information or fax (617-918-0983) your completed registration form. Instructions for participating will be emailed to you once your registration form is received.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Marrese

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Pre-Application Information:

- March 18, 2021: Healthy Communities Application Guidance is released.
- March 18 – May 20, 2021: Eligible grant recipients develop and complete their proposals.
- April 1, 6, and 15, 2021: Healthy Communities Grant Program hosts Information Sessions via conference call.
- May 20, 2021 Proposal submissions must be received by 11:59 PM via
- May 20 - June 30, 2021: Proposal package submissions are reviewed and evaluated.
- July 2021: Applicants will be contacted via telephone if their proposal is being considered for funding. Some applicants may be asked to make minor revisions to their proposed project work plans. Formal letters will be sent to all applicants to notify them of the status of their submissions.
- September 2021 EPA New England expects to formally announce 2021 Healthy Communities Grant Program Recipients.

Applicants should confirm receipt of their proposal and application with Katie Marrese as soon as possible after the submission deadline — failure to do so may result in your proposal not being reviewed.

If your organization is not currently registered with, please encourage your office to designate an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and ask that individual to begin the registration process as soon as possible. Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a Unique Entity Identifier (e.g., DUNS number) and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline.

Applicants that do not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no internet access, see

The grant program requires a match of 5% of the federal funds requested as part of a proposal.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For all questions and inquiries regarding the Healthy Communities Grant Program, please contact:
Katie Marrese
EPA New England
5 Post Office Square, Suite 100 (OEP06-2)
Boston, MA 02109-3912
Phone: 617-918-1658
Fax: 617-918-0658

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