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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreements

Deadline: February 12, 2016

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJCPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The EJCPS Program requires selected recipients to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model (available on the website) as part of their projects. The model aims to address local environmental and/or public health issues in a collaborative manner with various stakeholders such as communities, industry, academic institutions, and others. EPA defines “environmental justice” as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies. Meaningful involvement means that: 1) potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health; 2) the public’s contribution and influence the regulatory agency’s decision; 3) the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision-making process; and 4) the decision-makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected. An “affected community” is defined as a vulnerable community that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and/or public health issue that is identified in the applicant’s proposal.

Amount: $1,200,000 is available for 10 cooperative agreements. One award will be made in each of 10 EPA regions.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations; federally-recognized Indian tribes; and Indian organizations.

Link: http://www3.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/grants/ej-cps-grants.html#rfp

Note: There are several opportunities for pre-application technical assistance, listed on the website.

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