Community Action for a Renewed Environment

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people’s exposure to them. By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment.

Eligible Recipients:
Local, public non-profit institution/organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Native American organizations, private non-profit institution/organization, quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization both interstate and intrastate, local government, colleges, and universities could be eligible to apply for CARE funds.

Eligible Projects:
For most communities, the major areas that should be considered are: air quality, drinking water, local surface water and ground water, waste disposal, and risks in the indoor environment including in schools. Environmental risks and impacts that are worth considering include: lead, pesticides and radon in homes, businesses that use or release hazardous chemicals, the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals in the home and schools.

Funding Source:
US Environmental Protection Agency

Funding Amount:
Two Levels:

  1. 75,000 to 100,000
  2. 150,000 to 300,000


CARE Program
US EPA (8001A)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460
1-877-CARE 909

Marva E. King
HQ Care Program

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