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Children's Healthy Learning Environments Grant Initiative

Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Nonprofits,
IHEs, Hospitals, and Laboratories for Capacity Building Projects

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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06/01/20 11:59 PM ET


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories agencies, local governments, nonprofit institutions and organizations, American Indian Tribes, IHEs, hospitals, and laboratories for capacity building projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take a month or more to complete. 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.

Under this competition, EPA is accepting applications from eligible applicants for projects that build capacity of decision-makers to address children’s environmental health in school and childcare environments. Projects may demonstrate, implement, or expand innovative methods and approaches to prevent and reduce exposures in schools and childcare settings. Capacity building programs eligible for funding under this solicitation should be multi-media (involving multiple environmental health hazards) and holistic (involving multiple stakeholders and built on strong partnerships). For the purposes of this solicitation, schools include public, private, charter, parochial and K-12 schools; childcare settings include early care and education, such as nurseries, preschools, pre-kindergartens, centers, child development programs, Head Start, Early Head Start, and in-home childcare facilities. Decision-makers are those adults who have authority for school or childcare facilities or who control or influence resources used for school or childcare facilities.

While this RFA is intended primarily for capacity building, it may also fund outreach and education as part of capacity building. EPA will consider funding translation of existing materials or the development of new outreach, education, guidance or technical assistance documents only where the applicant demonstrates that there is a need (e.g., that existing quality materials are not available). 

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For Expected Outputs and Outcomes, see

The two grants awarded are expected to cover two complementary portions of the United States, such as East/West or two non-overlapping geographic areas in different parts of the U.S. Ideally, grantees will provide impact to multiple schools, childcare centers, and/or school districts in multiple geographic areas (e.g., reaching 7 school districts located within 5 counties or 3 states).

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GrantWatch ID#: 189887

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Number of Grants:

EPA anticipates award of approximately 2 cooperative agreements.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each award is not to exceed approximately $145,000 subject to the availability of funds, quality of evaluated applications, and other applicable considerations.

Term of Contract:

The estimated initial project period for the award resulting from this solicitation will be November 1, 2020-October 31, 2022. Proposed project periods are for 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Assistance under this competition is available to States or state agencies, territories, city or township governments, county governments, the District of Columbia, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the U.S. It is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations.

Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply for funding. For-profit organizations are generally not eligible for funding.

This funding is not intended to conduct research and cannot be used to fund human subject research.

For Ineligible Activities, see

Pre-Application Information:

The closing date and time for receipt of application submissions is June 1, 2020 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Applicants, except as noted below, must apply electronically through under this funding opportunity, based on the instructions in this announcement. If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials to, the applicant must contact the email address or mailing address in Contact Information below at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline under this announcement to request approval to submit their application materials through an alternate method.

If your organization is not currently registered with, please encourage your office to designate an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and ask that individual to begin the registration process as soon as possible. Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a Unique Entity Identifier (e.g. DUNS Number) and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) and the process of obtaining both could take a month or more.

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Mailing Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N. W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

Courier Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004

For more information on the RFA, please contact:
Becky Cook-Shyovitz
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
WJ Clinton North, Room 2512
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460 support desk: 1-800-518-4726, or

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