The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering $10 million in grants to local governments that are implementing climate change initiatives. EPA expects to award 20 to 30 grants, each ranging between $100,000 to $500,000.

Local and tribal governments, school districts, local public authorities, special districts, intrastate districts, councils of governments and regional or interstate government entities may apply for the grants. "Now, when budgets are tight, these grants offer [recipients] an opportunity to create and implement new initiatives which confront climate changes at the grass-roots level," said EPA Acting Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator William Early in a statement. "We are looking forward to some creative proposals which look beyond familiar programs like residential recycling and embrace the challenges of maintaining a clean and sustainable environment."

The grants are to be used to create model greenhouse-gas reduction and environmental protection programs that can be replicated in other communities. Recipients must provide 50 percent of the programs' costs, and the grant funding will cover the other 50 percent.

Proposals are due no later than July 22, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. Grants are expected to be awarded in January 2010. For more information go to Climate Showcase Communities Grant Web page or, in the mid-Atlantic region, contact: Andrew Kreider at 215-814-3301 or Download the Request for Applications as a PDF.

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