Lead Outreach, Partnerships and Grants

Outreach Campaigns

Outreach for Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule Get Lead-Safe Campaign
In 2010, EPA launched an extensive outreach campaign to inform the tens of thousands of contractors, workers and families about the RRP rule. Outreach materials sent to contractors, media, large and small hardware stores, trade associations, and others included, ads, web materials, articles, postcards, brochures and fact sheets.

EPA has also worked with hardware and other retail stores throughout the country. Stores distributed more than one million fact sheets to contractors, saying why they should get lead-safe certified, and to consumers, saying why they should use lead-safe certified contractors.

Ad Council Lead-Free Kids: Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign
This multimedia effort in English and Spanish directs citizens to the campaign’s website LeadFreeKids.org

Through the Ad Council, the campaign has secured millions in donated media support in TV, radio, print, and outdoor billboard PSAs, and the effort includes guides Exit for parents, pregnant women, do-it-yourselfers, educators, landlords, contractors or renovators, medical professionals, and the press.

Since the campaign launched on April 20, 2010, PSAs have been distributed to tens of thousands of media outlets nationwide. Broadcast, print and online stories featuring the campaign have aired and run throughout the country. In addition, the campaign has won two prestigious ADDY Awards sponsored by the American Advertising Federation: the gold ADDY in the public service category for TV, and the silver ADDY in the public service category for print.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Annually, EPA observes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to highlight and educate parents and children on the dangerous health effects of exposure to lead, especially the hazards of lead-paint in older housing.  Occurring the last full week in October, Lead Poisoning Prevention Week embraces a different theme each year that underscores the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

Each year EPA partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to collaborate on a theme and develop posters and flyers and other education and awareness tools and events specifically designed to observe Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Educational events occur that week in communities across the country, and EPA posts a web page reminding parents of simple actions they can take and resources they can draw on to protect their children from lead poisoning. This year, EPA, CDC and HUD will observe National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from October 19-25, 2014

Promoting Drinking Water Testing for Lead in Schools and Child Care Facilities
Testing drinking water in schools and child care facilities is important; that’s where children spend their day. EPA is interested in working with schools, local water utilities, and local public health agencies to implement the lead testing of schools’ and child care facilities’ drinking water, and conducts targeted outreach as part of this effort.   In our efforts to promote testing on a national basis, EPA targets underserved communities that have high blood lead levels.  Read more information on how to conduct voluntary testing for lead in drinking water in your school or child care facility.

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Grants

EPA’s lead poisoning prevention grants have provided critical support to local programs across the country in addressing lead poisoning in particularly vulnerable communities. These grants have funded programs like building important partnerships, prioritizing issues, public education and outreach, and more.

Between 2000 and 2010, EPA provided $17.2 million in grant funding for lead poisoning prevention projects. When lead grant funds become available again, EPA will continue to award them through these three programs. EPA is not currently soliciting grants at this time.

  • National Community-Based Lead Grant Program: These grants have been given to eligible entities to reduce the number of childhood lead poisonings in low income communities with older housing. Grant activities include outreach, training, ordinance development, and other efforts that result in reduction of childhood lead poisoning.
  • Targeted Lead Grant Program: These grants fund lead poisoning protection projects in areas with high incidences of children with elevated blood-lead levels in vulnerable populations. They address immediate needs of the communities in which they are awarded, and serve as models for lead poisoning prevention strategies that can be used in similar communities across the country.
  • Tribal Grant Program: Under this program, EPA evaluates proposals from federally-recognized Indian tribes and tribal consortia to support tribal lead poisoning prevention educational outreach and to conduct a baseline assessment of tribal children's existing and potential exposure to lead-based paint and related lead-based paint hazards.

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Environmental Justice

Grants to Assist Local Communities with Lead and other Issues
Pollution has significant economic and human health impacts, particularly on overburdened and low-income communities. EPA’s environmental justice programs provide grants and funding to states and communities to address environmental problems such as lead in  affected communities.

Environmental Justice Achievement Awards
EPA recognizes partnerships that address local environmental justice concerns resulting in positive environmental and human health benefits in communities. The following organizations have received Environmental Justice Achievement Awards:

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program
Between 2005 - 2011, EPA provided $16 million in funding for CARE grants, some of which included lead poisoning prevention and reduction actions. CARE provides funds and technical assistance for community-based, community-driven, multimedia projects. CARE builds partnerships to help underserved communities understand and reduce risks from all sources of pollutants. We are not soliciting grants in 2012.

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International Partnerships

Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead in Paints (GAELP or the Global Alliance)

Working though international bodies, EPA often joins with other countries to help solve worldwide environmental problems.  One example is the Global Alliance.  Working under the umbrella of its secretariats, the United Nations Environment Programme Exit (UNEP) and the World Health Organization Exit (WHO), the Global Alliance 's overall goal is to prevent children’s exposure to lead via paints containing lead and to minimize occupational exposures to lead in paint. The broad objective is to phase out the manufacture and sale of paints containing lead and eventually to eliminate the risks from such paint.

The Alliance’s key activities areas for the elimination of lead-based paints are:

  • Raising awareness of toxicity to human health and the environment and alternatives;
  • Guidance and assistance to identify potential lead exposure;
  • Assistance to industry (manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers);
  • Prevention programmes to reduce exposure;
  • Promotion of national regulatory frameworks

EPA is an active member of the Global Alliance and serves as the lead sponsor for its Environmental Focal Area, the objective of which is to establish common guidelines on best environmental practices using best available technologies on lead content in paint and on how to minimize or eliminate exposures from lead in paint. As a member of the Global Alliance, EPA is also participating in the 1st International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action (October 20-26, 2013). During the campaign week, the Global Alliance aims to:

  • Raise awareness about lead poisoning;
  • Highlight countries' and partners' efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and
  • Urge further action to eliminate lead paint.

For more information about the campaign visit: www.who.int/ipcs/assessment/public_health/pb_campaign/en/index.htmlExit

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Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

EPA is a partner in the United Nations Environment Programme’s Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) Exit which promotes cleaner fuels and vehicles in developing and transition countries.  Along with reducing sulfur in fuels, and promoting cleaner, more efficient vehicles, one of the key elements of the PCFV is the global elimination of lead in gasoline.  There are still a few countries left using leaded fuels only, and several that use a mix of leaded and unleaded. 

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