The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $100 million in grants are now available for environmental justice projects around the nation, the largest ever provided by the agency.
The agency began accepting applications for two programs that will help fund local environmental or public health projects directly through community-based nonprofit organizations and through state governments.
About $30 million will be awarded directly to groups through the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program, including $5 million for small community-based nonprofit organizations with five or fewer employees, 50 awards of $500,000 and 30 awards of $150,000.
The EPA will also award about $70 million in funding through the Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program. The agency said about $20 million each will be provided for state, local and tribal governments to be used in conjunction with community-based organizations. About $10 million will be for U.S. territories and remote tribes with limited access to community-based organization partners.
The agency said special consideration will be given to projects that address climate change, disaster resiliency or emergency preparedness as well as projects that are located in or benefit rural areas. Projects that conduct health impact assessments will also be given special consideration.
Groups can apply for the grants here. The deadline for grant applications is April 10.
The EPA will hold webinars for the programs in several weeks. The webinar for the EJCPC program will be held Jan. 24 between 2-3 p.m. The webinar for the EJ Government-to-Government program will be held Jan. 26 between 2-3 p.m.