Financial Assistance For Community Support Activities To Address Environmental Justice Issues


The objective of this program is to provide financial assistance to eligible entities to support community engagement and capacity building efforts and activities to facilitate the ability of community members, residents, and organizations to advocate for themselves and take related actions to advance environmental justice efforts to improve the environment, climate, and public health in their communities. EPA relies on communities for on the ground advice, input and expertise to address environmental justice, environmental, climate, and public health issues and the awards under this program will facilitate these efforts. The primary goals of this program are therefore to strengthen the ability of communities, community members/residents, and community organizations to identify, understand and address the environmental justice, environmental, climate, and public health issues and challenges they face, ensure that different perspectives are considered in governmental decision-making processes related to these issues, and enhance the ability of communities and their members to address past, current, and future environmental justice, environmental, climate, and public health challenges to improve their environmental conditions.

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
Not applicable.
Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3) and 138
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)
Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a)
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3)
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Section 311(c)
EPA's Appropriation Acts
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(I)
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include state and local governments and the Freely Associated States. Please note, however, that for awards funded using Clean Air Act (CAA) 138 authority, eligible entities are a partnership between an Indian tribe, a local government or an institution of higher education and a community-based nonprofit organization; a community-based nonprofit organization; a partnership of community-based nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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.
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
Award Procedure
For awards made under this assistance listing, EPA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and a technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E (, as applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selections will be based on the merit review process established for this program.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Geospatial information is information that identifies the geographic location and characteristics of natural or constructed features or boundaries on the earth, or applications, tools, and hardware associated with the generation, maintenance, or distribution of such information. This information may be derived from, among other things, GPS, remote sensing, mapping, charting, and surveying technologies, or statistical data. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: Geospatial Resources at EPA (
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting requirements shall be determined at the time of award.
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, and 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 as required by 2 CFR 200.334 ( If questions, such as those raised because 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
The term of the grant or cooperative agreement shall be determined at the time of grant award. Awards will be fully funded or incrementally funded as appropriate.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
A list of EPA Environmental Justice Regional Contacts can be found at:
Headquarters Office
Jacob Burney, Grants Program Manager
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-564-2907

Piyachat Terrell, Program Analyst
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-527-4545
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $10,000,000.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
While it is expected that most awards under this program will not exceed $50K, there may be a limited number of up to approximately $100K based on programmatic reasons. The total funding nationwide is estimated to be approximately $10,000,000 in 2023.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 1500 (EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards); 40 CFR Part 33 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in United States Environmental Protection Agency Programs).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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