Tuesday, February 26, 2019

NCHH Announces $25K Lead Poisoning Prevention Grants

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The National Center for Healthy Housing will aid at least
eight small, undeserved communities in fighting
lead poisoning.

Last week, the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) announced a funding opportunity to help American communities fight lead poisoning. Through their lead poisoning prevention grants, NCHH will help at least eight communities tackle childhood lead poisoning locally.

NCHH's lead poisoning prevention grants will equip communities with the education and resources they need to build up a lead paint task force. Specifically, the grant would provide over a year of training and support from a network of national experts such as NCHH and the Environmental Defense Fund. Communities would learn how to create effective policies and lead-safe practices through expert mentoring as well as peer-learning with other selected communities. The grant also awards the community $25,000 for lead poisoning prevention and a customized cost-benefit analysis to help leaders decide which strategies work best for their community.

The grants serve as an opportunity to address health inequities in undeserved communities where lead poisoning is common. Statistically, low-income communities are disproportionately affected by lead exposure. Smaller low-income communities often don't have the resources to fix pervasive lead contamination.

County, local, and tribal government agencies are able to apply for the grant until March 22. Communities will be selected based on demonstrated need, potential for policy change, and a thoughtful plan with clear goals for the funding opportunity.

To learn more about NCHH's 2019 Lead Poisoning Prevention Grants, visit their website. To learn more about lead paint certification and how to get involved in lead abatement efforts as contractor, visit Zack Academy.

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