2012 EPA Urban Waters Small Grants

Deadline: January 23, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization.

The funding is part of EPA’s Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve, and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents.

These Grants may not be used to fund the construction or implementation of projects, like planting trees for water quality, but instead may be used for program development, education, outreach, and coordinating stakeholder groups. Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Foster collaboration and/or coordinate a partnership among diverse stakeholders, including industry, environmental groups, upstream and downstream interests (actors), etc., to develop a plan or study. (*Funds cannot be used to implement such a plan).
  • Develop educational programs to provide training and recognition to schools, business, and homeowners on how to implement practices that reduce the amount of water pollution and/or stormwater entering the water body, or promote low-impact design (LID) and/or green infrastructure practices.
  • Map trails and other walkways along water bodies to identify gaps or areas where additional connectivity is needed (e.g. identify properties for potential acquisition or maintenance).
  • Establish a baseline monitoring program for routine water quality monitoring and support and /or establish monitoring to identify areas of concern and possible places where restoration efforts can be effectively targeted.
  • Provide education and training related to preparing community members for anticipated jobs in green infrastructure, water quality restoration, or other water quality improvement projects (i.e., green jobs).

Two webinars about this funding opportunity: December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012.

Deadline for submitting questions: January 16, 2012.

EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012.

Related Resources:

2012 EPA Urban Waters Small Grants
Urban Waters Program