U.S. EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Deadline: January 7, 2013

U.S. EPA is seeking applications for Environmental Justice Small Grants of up to $30,000 each. These grants enable nonprofit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.  EPA will host four pre-application calls on October 30, November 14, December 1, and December 13 to help applicants understand the requirements.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health issues in their communities. Successful collaborative partnerships involve not only well-designed strategic plans to build, maintain and sustain the partnerships, but also working towards addressing the local environmental and public health issues.

Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program has awarded more than $23 million in funding to 1,253 community-based organizations, and local and tribal organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues.

Is My Organization Eligible?

An eligible applicant MUST BE one of the following entities:

1. Incorporated, non-profit, community-based organizations. This includes environmental justice
networks, faith based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions;
2. Federally recognized tribal governments; OR
3. Tribal organizations

An eligible applicant must be also be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located; federally recognized tribal governments; or able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community.

How Have Grants Been Used?

As part of the small grants program, the Office of Environmental Justice places emphasis on meeting the Agency’s priorities. Among the Administrator’s top seven priorities are: reducing greenhouse gas emissions; improving air quality; managing chemical risks; cleaning up hazardous waste disposal sites; protecting America’s water; expanding the conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice; and building strong state and tribal partnerships. During 2010, the EPA provided funding to support 76 projects distributed across 32 states.

How to Apply.

2013 EJ Small Grant solicitation is now open and will close on January 7, 2013. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits, federally recognized tribal governments, or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host four pre-application teleconference calls to help applicants understand the requirements on October 30, November 14, December 1, and December 13.

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