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Community Grants

With the support of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute’s Community Grants program, organizations have the opportunity to create and promote healthier communities throughout the Commonwealth by raising awareness and educating people about safer alternatives. The maximum award amount for regional or statewide projects is $20,000. The maximum award amount for local projects is $10,000. The deadline for this year's proposals has passed. However, we encourage you to discuss project ideas with Joy Onasch now to prepare for applying for next year's grants. View this year's grant overview, guidance and application

Who’s Eligible:    

  • Community and environmental organizations   
  • Municipal departments    
  • Regional organizations  
  • Statewide organizations

We strongly encourage partnerships between two or many of these types of organizations.The partnerships should reflect a shared topic of interest that expands over a region or the entire state. 


Examples of regional or state-wide projects eligible for up to $20,000 include:

  • Youth organizations (such as YMCA or Boys & Girls Club)partnering across a region or the state to develop and implement youth-oriented workshops on reducing toxics in personal care products.
  • Health Departments in a region partnering to develop toxics use reduction guidance and providing samples of less toxic alternative materials.
  • State-wide organizations or institutions partnering with local shops to reduce their use of solvents.
  • School districts partnering with each other and green cleaning experts to develop and implement green cleaning practices across their regions.
  • Municipal water departments partnering within their watershed to educate homeowners and professional landscapers about organic lawn care practices to reduce the use of pesticides.
  • Housing authorities partnering together and with integrated pest management experts to create guidance and workshops statewide on how to reduce the use of pesticides in their buildings.

Examples of local projects eligible for up to $10,000 include:

  • A town Fire Department working within their staff and community to reduce the use of road flares containing perchlorate.
  • A local Health Department working with restaurants or institutions to reduce the use of chemicals in cleaning and sanitizing.
  • A Parks & Recreation department working to reduce the use of pesticides on municipal and residential lawns.
  • An environmental justice organization helping their local community to educate the public and businesses about less toxic alternatives in a variety of applications.
  • A local youth organization creating a peer-to-peer educational opportunity around toxics in homes and everyday lives.

Focus Areas

  • Solvent and lead use in auto shops
  • Solvent and other hazardous material use in art and artist studios
  • Formaldehyde use in specimen preservation or mortuaries
  • Solvent use in furniture refinishing
  • Methylene chloride and hydrofluoric acid use in bathtub refinishing
  • Toxic chemical use, such as formaldehyde and methylene chloride,in schools and science laboratories
  • Indoor integrated pest management– a subject covered in the state-wide asthma plan
  • Household cleaners – a subject covered in the state-wide asthma plan

Applying for a Community Grant

Applying for a Community Grant is intended to be a competitive yet simple process for Massachusetts community organizations. The application process begins with the completion of the application form, in accordance with the Community Grant Application guidance.

Eligible groups interested in applying for a Community Grant are encouraged to contact Joy Onasch, Community Program Manager, at 978-934-4343, to discuss project ideas sufficiently in advance of the application deadline. Email your completed application in Word or PDF format (including supporting letters of commitment) to maria_s@turi.org and joy@turi.org before June 17, 2016.