A Environmental Justice & Public Health Committee Announcements


  Update on "EPA EJ Grant Funding Opportunities" (extended deadline and increased $)  EPA Announces Availability of Up to $6 Million in Annual Environmental Justice Grants (Pre-Assistance Calls on 3/4 and 3/5/21!) -- posted 3/4/2021--updated 4/20/2021


Greetings!  This is a very time sensitive notice about the new EPA EJ grants cycle (see below).  Consider taking a look at the direct message from Jacob (EPA EJ grants officer) and the EPA Press Release. The Southeast looks like it will be funded to benefit about 7 EJ communities of concern (see the 5 areas of emphasis).   

The red text below indicates updates to the last notice we provided to you; including the extension of the grant deadline from May 7th to June 1st.  We wanted to get this summary statement out to you to please share with your constituencies, including communities.  Remember that eligible entities for these EJ grants include: incorporated non-profits, US Territories; Tribal governments, either federally-recognized or state-recognized – including Alaska Native Villages; or Tribal organizations; and Freely Associated States (FAS).  Also, now the past recorded pre-assistance calls are now posted at the EJ grant websites below.  We greatly appreciate you passing this on !

“EPA anticipates the potential for additional funds up to approximately $10.5 million to be made available through the 2021 EJ Small Grants and EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving funding opportunities along with the original amount of EJ funds.  Approximately $4.5 million is anticipated for additional EJ Small Grants and approximately $6 million is anticipated for additional EJ Collaborative Problem Solving cooperative agreements.  These potential additional funds can be used for COVID-19 projects specifically to address clean air issues and/or training for a safe drinking water workforce.  Approximately 100 EJ Small Grants and 46 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving cooperative agreements will now be awarded nationwide.  Small grants will be for up to $75,000 each for one-year projects.  And, cooperative agreements will be for up to $200,000 for two-year projects.  These opportunities place special emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency.  The deadline for both opportunities has been extended to June 1, 2021.  For details and guidance about applying for the anticipated additional funds, see Appendix A - Guidance on American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding in the Requests for Applications found at the links above.  

Also, tune into a Zoom webinar about the anticipated additional funds on April 26, 2021 from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm (Eastern Time) to learn about the updates to the funding opportunities.  More details about the webinar can be found at the links above.  The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend and will be posted on the EJ website.” 

Areas of emphasis include projects focusing on:

  • COVID-19 impacts on underserved communities (both)
  • Climate/Disaster Resiliency (both)
  • Ports Initiative projects (small grants)
  • Projects from small non-profits of 10 or fewer employees (small grants)
  • New applicants and grantees (both) 

Pre-application Assistance Calls:



  NSF Grant Opportunity - posted 1/15/2021

NSF seeks applications for grants to expand the volume and increasing the diversity, interconnectedness, and effectiveness of the STEM workforce.  For application and deadline information, visit the NSF Website: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505864.


 USDA Grant - posted 1/15/2021

USDA seeks applications for grants to support rural community development projects. For application and deadline information, visit the USDA Website: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-community-development-initiative-grants.


 Openings on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)

There are several openings on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC).  Maybe you have some counterparts in the Tribes or community organizations that you work with who might be interested in serving on the Council? 

As noted on the announcement page, nominations are being sought “from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to (EPA’s) National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. The deadline is March 24, 2021.  The NEJAC was chartered to provide advice regarding broad, cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. EPA is seeking nominations to fill approximately seven (7) new vacancies for terms through September 2022. Vacancies are anticipated to be filled by September 2021. To maintain the representation outlined by the charter, nominees will be selected to represent:

  • Community-based organizations (2 vacancies)
  • State and Local (2 vacancies)
  • Tribal governments/ Indigenous organizations (1 vacancy)
  • NGOs (1 vacancy)
  • Academia (1 vacancy)

Regions we are focused on recruiting for new NEJAC Members are 1,2, 7, 8, 9, and 10“. 

If you have questions or need more info, please contact Karen Martin ([email protected]) or George Ward ([email protected]) in the EJ Program, either of whom can give you more information.



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