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Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants Program

  • Agency:  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights
  • Deadline:  November 21, 2024
  • Grant Amount:  Track 1: $10M to $20M
  • Available Funding:  Approximately $1.96 billion  
  • Number of Anticipated Awards:  Track 1:  up to 150 awards; Track 2: up to 20 awards
  • Match Required:  No

Purpose of Funding (fields of work and funding uses):  The Community Change Grants will support comprehensive community and place-based approaches to redressing environmental and climate injustices for communities facing legacy pollution, climate change, and persistent disinvestment. These concentrated local investments will fund community-driven, changemaking projects that center collaborative efforts for healthier, safer, and more prosperous communities. Designed with meaningful community, Tribal, and other stakeholder involvement, the investments EPA makes through the Community Change Grants are intended to achieve the following objectives: 1. Provide resources for community-driven projects to address environmental and climate challenges in communities facing disproportionate and adverse health, pollution, and environmental impacts, and suffering from generations of disinvestment. 2. Invest in strong cross-sectoral collaborations with partners who bring a robust commitment to working with and for communities with environmental and climate justice concerns. 3. Unlock access to additional and more significant resources to advance environmental and climate justice goals from across the federal government and other sources. 4. Empower communities and strengthen their capacity to drive meaningful positive change on the ground for years to come. 5. Strengthen community participation in government decision-making processes that impact them.

Eligibility:  Local Governments in partnership with a community-based Non-Profit Organization. See Pages 28 – 29 of Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for details.

Link to NOFO and more information: https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/inflation-reduction-act-community-change-grants-program