Environmental Justice Small Grants Program: EPA Announces Funding Opportunity for Underserved Communities; Environmental Job Training and Youth Development among Project Opportunities
The Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program provides funding directly to community-based organizations for projects that help residents of underserved communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues.
EPA this week has announced the opening of a new competition cycle for ESJG grants. EPA has identified $1,500,000 for investment in a projected 50 grants.
For purposes of the current solicitation, the term "underserved community" refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.
In general, the EJSG program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities. Community-driven projects are projects that include activities where community residents and/or representatives are integrally involved in the thinking behind and execution of those activities. Therefore, applying organizations should have a direct connection to the underserved community impacted by environmental harms and risks.
Types of projects the EJSG program has funded in the past include, but are not limited to, the following: Environmental Job Training, Youth Development, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resiliency, Green Infrastructure, Air Quality & Asthma, Water Quality & Sampling, Stormwater Issues, Green Infrastructure, Lead contamination, Pesticides and other Toxic Substances, Healthy Homes, and Illegal Dumping
These grants are for one-year projects. Given projected increases in extreme weather events and the vulnerability of underserved populations, the current opportunity will emphasize projects that address emergency preparedness and increase resiliency, as well as projects that include the needs of US military veterans and homeless populations.
FY2019 Request for Proposals - Environmental Justice Small Grant Program
Potential applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the EJSG Program and this solicitation. Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-6349# when prompted. The following are the conference call dates and times:
||Time (Eastern Time)
|Thursday, December 6, 2018
||4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
|Thursday, December 13, 2018
(EJSCREEN Tutorial for applicants)
|3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
|Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (en Español)
||2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
|Wednesday, January 23, 2019
||4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
|Thursday January 31, 2019
||7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.