EPA announces additional Environmental Justice Grant funds and extended deadline

The note below was originally posted from the U.S. EPA's Environmental Justice office.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the potential availability of additional Environmental Justice (EJ) grant funds of up to $10.5 million under the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program and the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program for projects focusing on air quality and drinking water quality. The deadline has been extended to June 1, 2021.

Approximately 100 projects under the EJSG program for up to $75,000 for one-year projects and 46 EJCPS projects for up to $200,000 for two-year projects can potentially be awarded nationwide. This potential additional funding is specifically targeted for additional air quality and safe drinking water workforce training projects and will be added to the approximately $6 million of EJ funding detailed in the original funding announcements. The original EJ funding is still available for a wide range of projects addressing the many environmental issues impacting underserved communities, including special consideration to the following focus areas from the original funding announcements:

  • Addressing COVID-19 concerns faced by low-income communities and communities of color

  • Climate Change and Natural Disaster Resiliency outreach and planning

  • New applicants to either grant funding opportunity

  • Ports Initiative to assist people living and working near ports across the country

  • Small non-profits

Applicants interested in either funding opportunity must submit grant proposal packages by June 1, 2021 to be considered for the available funding. Applicants should plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2021.

More information on this call and recordings of past assistance calls are available at: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-small-grants-program#Assistance.

For more information on EPA's environmental justice grants, funding, and technical assistance programs, visit: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice.

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