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CARE's two types of Cooperative
Agreements (a kind of grant):
 Level I (about $90,000) - With a Level
I Agreement, communities organize
and create a collaborative partnership
dedicated to reducing toxics in their local
environment. These partnerships work on
Steps 1 and 2 in the CARE process. Where
possible, they also begin step 3.
 Level II (about $275,000) - With a Level II
Agreement, the community already has
established a broad based collaborative
partnership and focuses on steps 3 and 4
of the CARE process.
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                       CARE Program
                             US EPA
             1200  Pennsylvania Ave, NW
                Washington DC, 20460
United States
Environmental Protection
CARE Program
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September 2005
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The Community Action for a Renewed
Environment (CARE) program, sponsored by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),
is a competitive grant program that offers an
innovative way for communities to take action
to reduce toxic pollution. Through CARE,
communities create local partnerships that
implement local solutions to reduce releases of
and minimize exposure to toxic pollutants.
As  of fall 2006,29 communities across the United
States are part of the CARE network (see project
descriptions at Many more
are expected to join in future years.
CARE educates and supports communities as
they assess the pollution risks they face. CARE
also provides access to EPA's and others'
partnership programs that reduce exposure to
toxics and create safer communities. Among
EPA's partnership programs are those that: reduce
emissions from diesel engines, reduce waste
from toxic chemical use, reduce emissions from
small business operations, improve the indoor
environment in schools, and protect drinking
water supplies through pollution prevention. EPA
also offers support for communities to develop
their own approaches to reducing toxics.
                The  CARE  Process

1. Join Together
A broad-based partnership is formed. Partners could be non-profit groups, community
organizations, businesses, schools and state, Tribal and local government agencies, EPA
and other Federal Agencies.

2. Identify Problems and Solutions
Working together, this stakeholder group assesses toxics problems in their community
and considers options for reducing risks. Many of the emission and exposure reductions
will result from the application of EPA partnership programs.

3. Implement Solutions/Reduce Risks
The partnership identifies the combination of programs that best meet the community's
needs. EPA funding helps to implement these projects. The community begins improving
its environment.

4. Become Self Sustaining
The community now develops new ways to attract funding and partners into their
broad-based collaborative to build on its success. New problem assessments are
completed and new solutions identified.The Result: The partnership becomes self-
sustaining and continues working to improve their environment where community
members live, work and play.
                   CARE will help your community:
    Create local partnerships to reduce exposure to toxic pollutants through
    voluntary, local action based upon community consensus.
    Build community capacity and decision-making skills to respond to pollution
    Focus on indoor and outdoor sources of toxics.