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The 2023 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program (EJCPS) Request for Applications is NOW OPEN!   

April 10 - July 7

EPA is solicitating applications for projects that support community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) in their collaboration with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that significantly address environmental or public health issue(s) in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms. This competition is being launched in order to meet the goals and objectives of two Executive Orders (EO 14008 and EO 13985) issued by the Biden Administration that demonstrate the EPA’s and Administration’s commitment to achieving environmental justice and embedding environmental justice into Agency programs.

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act created the Environmental and Climate Justice block grant program in section 138 of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and provided EPA with $2.8 billion in grant funding for the program for projects to benefit communities with environmental justice concerns.

The EJCPS Program anticipates awarding approximately $30,000,000 of Inflation Reduction Act funding through 83 cooperative agreements, organized in two tracks of funding, as follows:

  •  $25,000,000 for CBOs proposing projects for up to $500,000 each. Approximately 50 awards for up $500,000 each are anticipated under this track.
  • $5,000,000 for qualifying small CBOs with 5 or fewer full-time employees proposing projects for up to $150,000 each. For more details about this opportunity, please review closely the “Small Community-based Nonprofit Set Aside”. Approximately 33 awards for up to $150,000 each are anticipated under this track.  

Cooperative agreements will be funded for a three-year performance period.

NOTE: EPA cannot extend the performance periods for EJCPS assistance agreements utilizing Inflation Reduction Act fundings beyond three years.

Consistent with section 138(b)(2) of the Clean Air Act, applications submitted in response to this funding opportunity must address one of the following five broad categories:

  • community-led air and other pollution monitoring, prevention, and remediation, and investments in low- and zero-emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructure and workforce development that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants;
  • mitigating climate and health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, and wildfire events;
  • climate resiliency and adaptation;
  • reducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution; or
  • facilitating engagement of marginalized communities in Local, State and Federal public processes, such as advisory groups, workshops, and rulemakings

Review the EJCPS Request for Applications for specific guidance and eligible project examples. (pdf) (1.14 MB)

To apply for this opportunity, view the RFA on Grants.gov.  Applications packages must be submitted on or before April 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time). Applicants should plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2023.

For more information, please contact Jacob Burney.

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The Center for Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) is hosting a workshop in preparation for EPA’s 2023 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program (EJCPS) Request for Applications.
The same workshop will be conducted on three Wednesdays in February beginning this week. The EJCPS Program anticipates awarding approximately $30,000,000 of Inflation Reduction Act funding through 83 cooperative agreements organized in two tracks of funding.
For those who register but are unable to attend, a recording will be available after each workshop.
Join us for one of three workshops –
February 1, 2023 at 6pm EST
February 8, 2023 at 6pm EST
February 15, 2023 at 6pm EST