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Does your innovative environmental project need a kickstart?

Apply for the second round of North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action grants!

Across North America, countless active community groups are tackling environmental challenges close to home. The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) encourages these local hands-on organizations to apply for a new $1.2 million grant program launched on 11 July 2013, at the Twentieth CEC Council Session.

The North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) grant program will support a broad base of organizations in Canada, Mexico and the United States who are working to create a shared sense of responsibility and stewardship for the environment at the community level.

Past NAPECA grant recipients have included projects that promote citizen participation in pollution monitoring in the US, the re-use of grey water for community gardens in Mexico, and the tearing up of pavement to restore the natural hydrological cycle in urban areas of Canada.

For more information on the NAPECA grant program or to learn more about past NAPECA grant recipients, visit www.cec.org/napeca. You can also tell us about your own project on Twitter using the #NAPECA hashtag.

Grant selection criteria have been established to ensure these projects achieve measurable objectives and deliver clear and tangible results. These criteria, along with information regarding the application process, are described in the Call for Proposals. The due date for submitting preliminary proposals is 10 September 2013.

Don’t miss this opportunity! For any questions, contact Karen Schmidt, Project Coordinator, North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action, at napeca@cec.org.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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