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Financing for Environmental Compliance

Small Communities Air Technical Assistance and Financial Resources

The following is a non-exhaustive list of free technical assistance and financial resources targeted toward small communities. See the Small Communities Contacts page for specific air program contacts.

Technical Assistance Resources

EPA Environmental Planning for Small Communities
This program offers a complete one-stop introduction to a wide range of environmental issues and decisions that affect small to medium-sized communities. It offers communities the chance to judge their own needs and preferences, and to make informed decisions on their own.

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USDA Rural Information Center
The Rural Information Center provides services for rural communities, local officials, organizations, businesses and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.

DOT Transportation/Air Quality Issues in Rural Areas
Several rural counties have exceeded the national standard for one or more air pollutants. The purpose of this study is to increase understanding of how many rural areas are facing this problem and to identify the main causes for their exceeding air quality standards. The study also focuses on transportation's contribution to the air quality problems in rural areas and how these areas are meeting certain Clean Air Act requirements related to motor vehicle emission sources.

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Financial Resources

EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program
The purpose of this grant program is to support and empower communities that are working on local solutions to local environmental and/or public health issues. The EJSG Program is designed to assist recipients in building collaborative partnerships that will help them understand and address the environmental and/or public health issues in their communities.

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