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Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

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05/20/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA tribal governments in multiple states for environmental stewardship programs that benefit underserved communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The main goal of the program is to build the capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and help them create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of tribal governments, low-income communities, and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice. This funding announcement supports the priorities detailed in President Biden’s Executive Order 13985 titled "Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government" and Executive Order 14008 titled "Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad."

American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds are now available to fund EJ Small Grants to federally recognized tribal governments to establish or modify public participation programs where fair treatment and meaningful participation priorities have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. To be eligible for ARP funding, public participation programs must specifically address activities authorized by section 103(b) of the Clean Air Act (CAA; 42 U.S.C. 7403(b)) and/or section 1442 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA; 42 U.S.C. 300j–1).

This Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) opportunity provides funding directly to eligible federally recognized tribal governments for projects that help residents of tribal communities understand, address and participate in local environmental and public health issues. In general, the EJSG program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand and address local environmental and public health issues. Community-driven projects are projects that include activities where community residents and/or representatives are integrally involved in the thinking behind and execution of those activities.

EJSG Program Goals: The immediate goals of the EJSG program are to support underserved communities through some of the initial steps of understanding, addressing, and developing solutions to local environmental and public health issues. Long-term, the EJSG program seeks to help build the overall capacity of communities with environmental justice concerns and help them create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. Additionally, the EJSG program is structured to be one of the more accessible federal grant programs, especially for community-based organizations who are unfamiliar with the federal grants process to strengthen their participation in the federal grant application process and build sustainable projects that continue after the award project period.

For information about Qualified Environmental Statutes, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 130695

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Number of Grants:

Approximately 16 to 20 EJ Small Grants will be awarded to federally recognized tribal governments nationwide.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $100,000.

Term of Contract:

All awards under this RFA are for one-year projects; requests for no-cost extensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants should plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2022.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NOTE: EPA has limited the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program, Assistance Listing 66.604, competitive grant opportunity to federally recognized tribal governments for this single announcement, FON EPA-OP-OEJ-22-01. This RFA provides funding opportunities to federally recognized tribal governments under the ARP. Future EJSG competitions will be open to the normal range of eligible entities.

Projects must not be used for the following purposes:
- Construction
- Lobbying
- Routine program implementation (e.g., funding of the same program, without changes or advancements, that has existed and been routinely available for multiple consecutive years)
- Implementation of routine environmental protection restoration measures (e.g., municipal curbside trash service, recycling or community cleanup projects that do not qualify as training or demonstrations)
- Duplication of work performed under a prior EPA grant, and
- Completion of work which was to have been completed under a prior EPA grant.

For a list of ineligible entities, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls and webinars with EPA to address questions about the EJSG Program and this solicitation.

- April 7, 2022 (EJSG Live Call); 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)
- April 14, 2022 (EJSG Live Call); 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)
- May 3, 2022 (EJSCREEN Live Demo); 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)

Interested persons should refer to the URL for Full Text link below for conference call information, webinar links, and call recordings.

Pre-Application Information:

Application packages must be submitted by May 20, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) through Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered for funding.

Anticipated Announcements and Award Dates:

- March 21, 2022: Open competition period begins.
- May 20, 2022: Open competition closes.
- June 2022: EPA will review applications for Threshold Eligibility Criteria (Section III). Ineligible applicants will be notified via email with details regarding ineligibility. Notification to ineligible applicants will be sent via email to the contact identified on the submitted SF424 providing brief explanations on the reason(s) for ineligibility. Ineligible applicants may request a debriefing within 15 days of receipt of the correspondence.
- July - August 2022: Anticipated notification of selection. All applicants will be notified of the selection results by mail/email.
- Sept. - October 2022: Anticipated award. Regional offices will request required application documentation from selected applicants. Awards will be made by the regional offices.
- October 2022: OEJ will release a national announcement.
- Nov – Dec 2022: Virtual EJ Grantee Workshop

DO NOT WAIT! Register in and as soon as possible. Finalizing these registrations could take a month or more. You do not want a late registration to prevent you from being able to properly and timely submit your application through

NEW – PLEASE READ: Existing and new registrants are also assigned a free SAMissued Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). Applicants must use their UEI, not their DUNS number, when filling out forms in the package for this funding opportunity. Please see RAIN-2021-G01 ( for information about EPA's implementation of the upcoming Government-wide transition from DUNS to UEI. Please note that until April 4, 2022, applicant organizations registering for the first time in will need a DUNS number.

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Webinar recording from April 7, 2022:
Webinar recording from April 14, 2022:
Webinar Recording from May 3, 2022:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Florida;   Idaho;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Texas;   Utah;   Virginia;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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