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Urban Waters

Map of Urban Waters Small Grants


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Since the inception of the Urban Waters Small Grants Program in 2012, the program has awarded approximately $6.6 million in grants to 114 organizations accross the country and Puerto Rico. The grants are competed and awarded every two years, with individual award amounts of up to $60,000. 

Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational, social and employment opportunities in nearby communities. The Urban Waters Small Grants are expanding the ability of communities to engage in activities that improve water quality in a way that also advances community priorities. 

Improving urban waters requires various levels of government and local stakeholders (e.g., community residents, local businesses, etc.) to work together in developing effective and long-term solutions with multiple benefits. EPA supports and empowers communities, especially in under-served areas, who are working on solutions to address multiple community needs and fostering successful collaborative parnterships. 

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2015-2016 Urban Waters Small Grants

In October, 2016, EPA awarded approximately $1.3 million to 22 organizations in 18 states to help protect and restore urban waters, improve water quality, and support community revitalization and other local priorities. Projects awarded this year address local water quality issues related to urban runoff pollution, provide additional community benefits, actively engage under-served communities, and foster partnership.

Read the press release here.

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