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PRESS RELEASE - DOWNING ANNOUNCES STATE GRANT ROUND OPEN TO REDUCE CHEMICAL USE IN OUR COMMUNITIES
April 26, 2007

BOSTONToday, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D – Pittsfield) is pleased to announce the availability of grant monies for non-profit community or environmental organizations and municipalities through the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) 2008 Community Grant Program.  TURI’s mission is to help Massachusetts companies and communities find innovative ways to reduce toxic chemical use at the source, rather than threat wastes once produced.  TURI is located at UMass Lowell.

 

The TURI Community Grant Program is open to non-profit community or environmental organizations, municipal departments, middle and high schools or other academic institutions, or individual youths with an interest in community service.  Grants will be awarded in two tier levels, with up to $1,000 available for small projects and up to $15,000 available for larger projects.

 

TURI’s Community Program strives to help organizations raise awareness of the hazards of toxic chemical use and introduce safer alternatives within their neighborhoods by providing grants to non-profit organizations and municipalities; education, training and outreach on toxic use reduction methods and alternatives; and resources to assist communities and individuals reduce toxics. 

 

This year, the deadline for proposals is June 29, 2007.  Notification of awards will take place by early August and grantees will have the opportunity to work on their projects from August 2007 through June of 2008.

 

For more information on TURI’s Community Grant Program or to access the 2008 application materials, please visit: http://www.turi.org/community/turi_community_grants. 

 

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