Environmental Justice Small Grant Program


The primary purpose of proposed projects should be to develop a comprehensive understanding of environmental and public health issues, identify ways to address these issues at the local level, and educate and support the community. The long-term goals of the program are to help build the capacity of the affected community and 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 2017 In FY 2017, 188 applications were received and 35 awards were made.
Fiscal Year 2016 This program was not funded in FY 2016. The limited availability of funds resulted in the inability to offer multiple assistance programs This program was not funded in FY 2016. The limited availability of funds resulted in the inability to offer multiple assistance programs
Fiscal Year 2018 NA
Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3)
Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3)
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Section 311(c)
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a)
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. An eligible applicant MUST BE: an incorporated non-profit organization; OR a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized) (AND) located within the same, territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located. In addition, an eligible applicant must be able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community. An "affected community" for the purposes of this assistance agreement program is a community that is disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and public health issue that is identified in the proposal. The following entities are INELIGIBLE to receive an award, but we encourage partnerships with these organizations for technical assistance: colleges and universities; hospitals; state governments. their entities; quasi-governmental entities (e.g., water districts, utilities)*; national organizations and chapters of the aforementioned organizations; and non-profit organizations that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 and organizations acting only as "fiscal agents". *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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible beneficiaries are the Non-Profit Community Groups as described in 081 above and the residents of the communities they serve. List selected may not be all inclusive.
Costs will be determined in accordance with2 CFR 200 and 1500 for non-profit organizations and local governments. 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 CFDA assistance listing, 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 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 http://www.grants.gov.
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.
Specific information regarding deadlines is provided 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 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Awardees may request a no cost extension 'as needed' which then must be approved by Agency personnel.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, and investigations plus allowable direct costs in accordance with established EPA policies and procedures. 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).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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.
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each assistance agreement must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA assistance accounts. All records must be maintained until the expiration of three years from the date of submission of the Financial Status Report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as the result of an audit, related records should be retained 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
The project grant will be awarded for a 1-year project period. Activities must be completed within the time frame of the project's budget period and all grants will be fully funded at the time of award. Grants are fully funded at award and recipients request 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 (RAA), 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 (212) 637-3861, 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 (215) 814-2988, 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: Omari Burrell, Burrell.Omari@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; Secondary: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649, moses.althea@epa.gov, 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
Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code 2201A)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-2907; or call toll free 1-800-962-6215
Fax: 202-501-1107
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $1,500,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$1,080,000.00; FY 16$0.00; - The EJ program plans to provide $1,200,000. EPA's Urban Waters program plans to contribute an additional $300,000 for 10 additional clean water focused projects. The total planned amount of funding available to applicants is $1,500,000 in FY19.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$20,000 to $50,000/fiscal year; average $30,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General Grant Regulations and Procedures 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.