By Kate Sheehy
Communities around the country soon will have the opportunity to compete for nearly $2 million in federal grants to reduce pollution at the local level.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is making the money available through its Community Action for a Renewed Environment, or CARE program. It's goal is to educate people about reducing toxic risks and improving their environments close to home.
The CARE grants will range from $75,000 to $300,000 dollars. County and local organizations, schools, non-profits, businesses, and tribes are among those who can apply.
The EPA will then work with the grant winners to identify problems specific to their area and brainstorm solutions to environmental risks.
Proposals are due by March 9th and may be mailed or turned in online.