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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Deadline: December 15, 2014

The Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The EJSG Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. The 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 can 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

The EPA will award grants that support activities designed to empower and educate communities to understand environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level. The EPA also recognizes that affected communities often face disproportionate impacts from a changing climate. As a result, the fiscal year 2015 program will have a special emphasis on proposals supporting community-based preparedness and resilience efforts (community climate resiliency). The goal is to recognize the critical role of localized efforts in helping communities shape climate change strategies to avoid, lessen, or delay the risks and impacts associated with climate change. An overarching goal of including this emphasis is to help bolster the efforts of such communities to address climate change vulnerabilities and develop solutions. EPA anticipates a warding up to 25% of fiscal year 2015 awards to fund projects that support community climate resiliency.

An “affected community,” for the purposes of this program, 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 application.

Amount: Total available is $1,200,000. EPA anticipates awarding up to four grants per EPA region in amounts of up to $30,000 per award for one year.

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

Link: http://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/grants/ej-smgrants-rfp-2015.pdf

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