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TURI to Fund Projects that Reduce Toxics Use

Community Groups, Small Businesses Encouraged to Seek Grants Up to $20,000


Contacts:  Karen Angelo, 978-430-6303 or Christine Gillette, 978-934-2209
LOWELL, Mass. – The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is seeking proposals from community groups and small businesses in Massachusetts for projects that reduce the use of toxic chemicals on a local, regional or statewide level.

TURI will grant up to $10,000 to local projects and $20,000 to regional or statewide projects that will help make communities safer and healthier for residents and workers. The proposal deadline is noon on Friday, June 29. The project timeline spans August 2012 to June 2013.

“Our community grant program is instrumental in getting the word out to the public and small businesses about the availability of safer alternatives to toxic chemicals,” said TURI Community and Small Business Program Manager Joy Onasch. “We are looking for innovative ideas but also ways to build upon past projects that continue the momentum to help people make the switch to safer products.”

Sample project ideas include increasing the use of safer cleaning products and pest-control substances, encouraging organic lawn care methods on private or town properties, reducing lead sinkers used in recreational fishing and raising awareness of toxic substances used in hair and nail salons, auto shops and dry cleaners.

Public housing authorities, water departments or other city or town departments, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, labor unions, boards of health, schools, and small businesses, as well as youths with an interest in community service are all encouraged to apply.

To learn more about current and past projects and to download an application package, visit or contact Joy Onasch at 978-934-4343.

The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at UMass Lowell provides the resources and tools to help Massachusetts companies and communities make the Commonwealth a safer place to live and work. Established by the state's Toxics Use Reduction Act of 1989, TURI provides research, training, technical support, laboratory testing services and grant programs to reduce the use of toxic chemicals while enhancing the economic competitiveness of businesses. Visit for more information.

UMass Lowell is a comprehensive, national research university located on a high-energy campus in the heart of a global community. The university offers its 15,000 students bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering, education, fine arts, health and environment, humanities, liberal arts, management, sciences and social sciences. UMass Lowell delivers high-quality educational programs, vigorous hands-on learning and personal attention from leading faculty and staff, all of which prepare graduates to be ready for work, for life and for all the world offers.