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November 23, 2011

RE: Urban Waters Small Grants & 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community Awards

Dear Mayor:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of two opportunities: The Siemens Sustainable Community Awards program and Urban Waters Small Grants.

Siemens Sustainable Community Awards
The Siemens Sustainable Community Awards program provides a national platform for recognizing small, medium and large size communities which have improved the quality of life for their residents, become responsible stewards of the environment, and increased the ability to sustain a successful community for generations to come.  Deadline for nominations is January 13, 2012.

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Urban Waters Small Grants

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expects to award between $1.8 to $3.8 million in funding for projects across the country to help restore urban waters by improving water quality and supporting community revitalization. The funding is part of EPA's Urban Waters program, which supports communities in their efforts to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Healthy and accessible urban waters can help grow local businesses and enhance educational, recreational and employment opportunities in nearby communities.

The goal of the Urban Waters Small Grants program is to fund research, studies, training, and demonstration projects that will advance the restoration of urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities such as public health, social and economic opportunities, general livability and environmental justice for residents. Examples of projects eligible for funding include:

  • Education and training for water quality improvement or green infrastructure jobs
  • Public education about ways to reduce water pollution
  • Local water quality monitoring programs
  • Engaging diverse stakeholders to develop local watershed plans
  • Innovative projects that promote local water quality and community revitalization goals

Information about Urban Waters Small Grants including the Request for Proposal (RFP) and registration links for the webinars is available at  EPA expects to award the grants in Summer 2012.

Note to Applicants: In accordance with EPA's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy (EPA Order 5700.5A1), EPA staff will not meet with individual applicants to discuss draft proposals, provide informal comments on draft proposals, or provide advice to applicants on how to respond to ranking criteria. Applicants are responsible for the contents of their proposals. However, consistent with the provisions in the announcement, EPA will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification about the announcement. Questions must be submitted in writing via e-mail to and must be received by the Agency Contact, Ji-Sun Yi, by January 16, 2012 and written responses will be posted on EPA's website at

Dates to Remember:
Deadline for submitting proposals: January 23, 2012
Two webinars about this funding opportunity:
December 14, 2011 and January 5, 2012.
Deadline for submitting questions: January 16, 2012

For more information on EPA's Urban Waters program, visit

For grant news and updates visit the League’s website at

Very truly yours,


William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director






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