Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program


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 providers, and academia) as they develop and implement solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. For purposes of this listing, the term ?underserved community? refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, and indigenous populations. 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Each of the recipients were awarded up to $120,000 to support two-year projects. The projects include such activities as identifying and reducing exposures to sources of air pollution; reducing lead exposure in homes of low-income residents; and managing stormwater runoff to support clean water and safer drinking water . Projects must use the Collaborative Problem Solving model, comprised of seven elements of a successful collaborative partnership, to address local environmental and/or public health issues. The FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided $21,000,000 ($20,809,000 with rescission applied) for EPA to issue grants to states and tribes to assist with implementing environmental programs. EPA provided $19,809,000 to states and territories to support implementation of air and state-led climate activities and other state-identified high priority activities. Based on EPA’s grant guidance, states are to direct at least 65% of their funding to support air work and may use up to 35% of their funding on other state-identified activities. EPA also provided $1,000,000 to tribes that have obtained authorization to develop water quality standards. All 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia accepted their allocated share of multipurpose grant funding. Tribes are using multipurpose funding to complement and enhance implementation of their water quality standards programs in conjunction with existing Clean Water Act Section 106 activities.
Fiscal Year 2017 This program was not funded in FY 2017 due to budgetary limitations
Fiscal Year 2018 A few examples of some of the projects funded under this assistance listing include: 1) increasing the number of healthy residential housing units available and empowering those residents to access healthy housing; 2) a program composed of teams of young leaders serving to address environmental challenges in the community by working directly with a local collaborative initiative to plan and execute a demonstration project creating community engagement and an active portal empowering the community to report illegal dumping; 3) monitoring the disproportionate air and water quality hazards experienced by two historically African American neighborhoods and informing residents about the severity of those hazards and steps they can take to better protect themselves and their families from those environmental impacts; 4) creating coastal community collaborations between rural towns on a shoreline in order to develop and implement water quality improvements in the area; and 5) addressing water contamination by hiring a watershed group coordinator to organize activities, field trips and watershed education activities and trainings for collaborative members and the public, including the creation of an outreach plan and information materials, and conducting public meetings to establish broad-based, diverse membership.
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)
Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3)
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a)
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3)
Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An eligible applicant must be one of the following: o incorporated non-profit organizations -including, but not limited to, environmental justice networks, faith based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions;* o federally recognized tribal governments-including Alaska Native Villages; OR o tribal organizations * Applicant organizations claiming non-profit status must include documentation that shows the organization is either a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service; OR a non-profit organization recognized by the state, territory, commonwealth or tribe in which it is located. For the latter, documentation must be on official state government letterhead. Applicants must be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe in which the proposed project is located. This means that an applicant's registered address of record (i.e. the address designated on their IRS or State-sanctioned documentation) must be in the same state, territory, commonwealth or tribe as the location of the proposed project. The following entities are INELIGIBLE to receive an award, but we encourage applicants to partner with these organizations, as appropriate: o colleges and universities; o hospitals; o state and local governments and their entities; o quasi-governmental entities (e.g., water districts, utilities)*; o national organizations and chapters of the aforementioned organizations**; o non-profit organizations supporting lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995; and*** * Generally, a quasi-governmental entity is one that: (1) has a close association with the government agency, but is not considered a part of the government agency; (2) was created by the government agency, but is exempt from certain legal and administrative requirements imposed on government agencies; or (3) was not created by the government agency but performs a public purpose and is significantly supported financially by the government agency. ** National organizations are defined as comprising of one centralized headquarters or principal place of business that creates and controls the mission, structure and work carried out by its chapters or affiliates. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible beneficiaries are the Non-Profit Community Groups as described in the "Eligibility" section of this assistance listing, and the residents of the communities they serve. List selected is not all inclusive.
Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants or principle investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov. Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants.
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Deadline information will be in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
About 150 days.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. The recipient cannot use these funds for the following activities under this program: litigation against the Federal government or any other government entity; construction; lobbying; matching funds for other Federal grants; travel for Federal employees; and human health studies (taking blood or other information from humans). Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Semi-annual Progress Reports require reporting on accomplishments of proposed project activities, outputs, and outcomes.
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and cooperative agreements records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of audits remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a 2-year project period. Activities must be completed within the project timeframe, and all cooperative agreements will be fully funded at the time of award. Grant award is fully funded at time of award and the recipient will draw down funds on an as needed basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region l (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont): Primary Contact: Marcus Holmes, Holmes. Marcus@epa.gov, USEPA Region 1, One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Region 2 (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands): Primary Contact: Tasha Frazier, Frazier.Tasha@epa.gov, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia): Primary Contact: Reginald Harris, Harris.Reggie@epa.gov, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Region 4 (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee): Primary Contact: Tami Thomas-Burton, Thomas-Burton.Tami@epa.gov , USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin): Primary Contact: Kathy Triantafillou, Triantafillou.Kathy@epa.gov , USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507; Region 6( Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas): Primary Contact: Debra Tellez, Tellez.Debra@epa.gov, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Region 7( Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska): Primary Contact: Monica Espinosa, Espinosa.Monica@epa.gov USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101, Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming): Primary Contact: Corbin Darling, Darling.Corbin@epa.gov , USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam): Primary Contact: Fatima Ty, Ty.Fatima@epa.gov , USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Region 10( Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington): Primary Contact: Sheryl Stohs, Stohs.Sheryl@epa.gov, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Headquarters Office
Jacob Burney
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 2202A)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-2907
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$1,200,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$20,809,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Individual awards in the past range from $100,000 to $300,000; average awards in the past and current fiscal years is $120,000. The total funding nationwide is estimated to be $1,200,000. 10 awards will be issued nationwide, one per each of the 10 EPA regions.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Collaborative Problem Solving cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations, 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, and any other program regulations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.