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Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program

Deadline: February 7, 2020

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia) as they develop and implement community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. Eligible projects must demonstrate use of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model to support their collaborative efforts during the project period. Applying organizations should have a direct connection to the underserved community impacted by the environmental harms and risks detailed in the workplan.

The long-term goals of the EJCPS Program are to help build the capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and to create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

The EJCPS Program has funded a wide range of projects and project types over the years that address local environmental and public health concerns through collaborative partnerships. All proposed projects should include activities designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to understand the local environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. Types of projects the EJCPS program has funded in the past include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Air Quality and Asthma
  • Water Quality and Sampling
  • Stormwater Issues
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Lead Contamination
  • Pesticides and other Toxic Substances
  • Healthy Homes
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resiliency
  • Environmental Job Training
  • Youth Development

Amount: Approximately $1,200,000 is available to fund one cooperative agreement of $120,000 within each of the 10 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions.

Eligibility: Incorporated non-profit organizations including, but not limited to, community-based organizations, grassroots organizations, environmental justice networks, faith-based organizations, and those affiliated with religious institutions; federally recognized tribal governments, including Alaska Native Villages; or tribal organizations.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=322417

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