U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)
06/01/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and Tribal organizations and governments for environmental stewardship programs that benefit underserved communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The program uses grants to strengthen community-based programs that engage overburdened communities and build partnerships to promote environmental wellbeing and improve public health.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income communities and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice. This funding announcement supports the priorities detailed in President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 titled Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government and Executive Order 14008 titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. EPA continues to make effective responses to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the climate crisis top priorities. To address these multiple crises, this announcement places emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency. Additionally, EPA is emphasizing projects addressing diesel pollution in underserved communities living near ports and railyards as part of EPA’s Ports Initiative (see details further described in this solicitation). Finally, to promote equitable accessibility to EPA grant funding and to assist small entities, approximately half of the total available funding under this announcement is intended to be reserved for small non-profit organizations with 10 or fewer full-time employees subject to the quality of applications received and other relevant considerations.
The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding directly to eligible applicants for projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including people of color, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks. In general, the EJSG program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand and address local environmental and public health issues. Community-driven projects are projects that include activities where community residents and/or representatives are integrally involved in the thinking behind and execution of those activities. Therefore, applying organizations should have a direct connection to the underserved community impacted by environmental harms and risks.
For this competition, during the selection process for both tracks, EPA may give special consideration to high ranking applications that focus on the following program priorities:
For information about program goals and project types, see: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-04/documents/ejsg_2021_rfa_amendment_4.21_0.pdf#page=8
For information about Qualified Environmental Statutes for the grant program, see: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-04/documents/ejsg_2021_rfa_amendment_4.21_0.pdf#page=9
Eligible Activities - To be eligible for funding, as noted above, a project must consist of activities that fall within the terms of at least one of the above statutory grant authorities. Projects can address multiple statutes and include multiple eligible activities. Most of the statutes above authorize funding for the following activities:
Project Activities Eligible for Ports Initiative Funding – EPA’s Ports Initiative program led by the Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ) anticipates funding approximately six projects that address clean air issues at coastal and inland ports or rail yards or other relevant projects. For more information, see: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2021-04/documents/ejsg_2021_rfa_amendment_4.21_0.pdf#page=12
GrantWatch ID#: 130695
Approximately 100 grants
Up to $75,000 per award
Applicants should still plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2021.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Environmental Protection Agency [Mail Code 2201A]
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
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