New Tutorial Aid Helps In Completing 2009 Grant Applications

Local governments and community groups eligible for funding from EPA's Community Action for a Renewed Environment ( CARE ) program are being alerted to a new online tutorial aid that offers help in completing their 2009 grant applications.

The 2009 CARE Grant Writing Tutorial, created for EPA by the contractor Three Star Enterprises, was launched online today at

CARE is a community-based, community-driven competitive grant program designed to help communities understand and address local environmental concerns and risks from toxic pollutants. CARE grants enable eligible governments and groups to form collaborative partnerships that identify, prioritize and address such risks. CARE's long-term goal is to help communities build self-sustaining partnerships to improve overall human health and local environments.

EPA plans to award approximately $3 million in CARE grants this year.

The deadline for submitting 2009 CARE Cooperative Agreement Requests for Proposals ( RFPs ) is March 16, 2009. CARE's 2009 online tutorial takes applicants through all of the required aspects of writing a competitive grant submission. The tutorial is accessible through the direct link, or through EPA Region 7's Web site.