EPA CARE Grant
The funding has helped foster a healthier community and sustained collaborative partnerships dedicated to understanding, reducing and educating the community about toxic risks and environmental pollutants.
In October 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment (WIRE) a Level I Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant. Level I CARE grants are awarded to communities with the purpose of fostering healthier communities by addressing environmental concerns.
Throughout the CARE Level I cooperative agreement, WIRE successfully:
- Built local partnerships within the public, private, and non-profit sectors to identify environmental health perceptions and concerns
- Collected historical data pertaining to environmental health perceptions and concerns
- Provided resources and informational materials to Wichita's community residents about environmental issues
In October 2010, WIRE was awarded a CARE Level II cooperative agreement. Our Level II is a collaborative project led by the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and the Environmental Leadership Council (ELC) to sustain collaborative partnerships dedicated to understanding, reducing and educating the community about toxic risks and environmental pollutants that impact inner-city Wichita.