EPA Children’s Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative

Please see the full solicitation for complete information about the funding opportunity. Below is a summary assembled by the Research & Innovation Office (RIO).

Program Summary

The purpose of the Children’s Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative is to provide capacity building to address children’s environmental health in school and childcare settings. The Children’s Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative provides funding directly to organizations to support school- and/or childcare center-based capacity building projects that help school communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children. Capacity building projects are projects that improve the organization’s long-term effectiveness and sustainability through management practices, implementation, and dedication to achieving results towards children’s environmental health. The physical environments in which children develop play a critical role in their health, development, and safety. Children, from the fetal stage through adolescence, are in a dynamic state of growth as their nervous, respiratory, reproductive and immune systems develop and mature. Because of these developing systems, children are more vulnerable to permanent and irreversible damage from environmental hazards than adults. Distinct environments like childcare and school-based settings have unique characteristics related not only to the degree and route of exposure but also to the timing of exposures. Reducing exposures to unhealthy school and childcare settings through the adoption of healthy indoor environment best practices can lead to improving children’s health, attendance, concentration, and performance.

While this RFA is intended primarily for capacity building, it may also fund outreach and education as part of capacity building. EPA strongly encourages applicants to use existing quality, authoritative children’s environmental health training and outreach materials rather than developing new ones, because many quality materials are available, and some are under- utilized.

Deadlines

CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST May 5, 2020

Sponsor Deadline: 9:59pm June 1, 2020

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Narrative (2 pages maximum, single spaced): Under the headings WHAT, WHY, WHO and HOW describe precisely what your project will achieve; why the goals and priorities were chosen; how it will achieve its goals; and who it will reach.
  • Management Plan (1 page maximum, single spaced): Provide information on key personnel’s organizational experience, management plan, and experience in overseeing projects similar in size and complexity to the proposed project.
  • Budget Overview (1 page maximum): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Include any matching funds.

To access the online application, visit: https://cuboulderovcr.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/6493/home

Eligibility

There are no special eligibility requirements.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Applicants may submit only one application under this solicitation.

Award Information

The total estimated funding for the awards is in the range of $290,000 to $315,000, and EPA expects to split the funding evenly among two awardees. The project period is expected to be two years with an anticipated start date of November 1, 2020.