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Environmental Justice

What is Environmental Justice?

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines environmental justice, as fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.  Fair treatment means that no group of people should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, governmental, or commercial operations, or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal programs and policies. Meaningful involvement means that potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decision-making about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health.

About Us

Environmental justice is an integral part of Region 4's mission. The Region, states, tribes, and affected communities work together to ensure equitable environmental and public health protection through effective implementation of policies and procedures.

In the southeast, the Environmental Justice Program is responsible for integrating environmental justice into the region's programs, policies, and procedures. Also, the Program promotes the integration of environmental justice into local, state, and federal government programs, policies, and procedures. In addition, the Program encourages stakeholder involvement in environmental justice by providing workshops and training.

Other major functions of the Program include managing environmental justice grants and processing environmental justice inquiries and complaints. The grants are awarded on an annual basis to eligible community groups and federally recognized 2 governments that are working on or planning to carry out projects to address environmental justice issues. Inquiries and complaints are reported to the Environmental Violations web site.



Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

FY 2015 Request For Applications

The EPA, Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program, FY 2015 Request For Applications (RFP) is currently open.

Total Estimated Funding:                    $1,200,000

Expected Funding For Each Award:    $30,000

Project And Budget Periods:              One (1) year

The FY 2015 EJ Small Grants Program seeks to fund projects with a “special emphasis on “community climate resiliency” (i.e., community-based preparedness and resilience efforts). The funding will also include projects without this focus. In addition, in an effort to ensure that support reaches new areas, the agency is prioritizing funding to organizations that have not recently received an award under the EJ Small Grant Program.

Additional Information

Eligible Applicants

Application Requirements

Website Information

Note: Please refer to the EPA, Environmental Justice Small Grants Program 2015 Request for Applications Guidance, as shown above, for complete information.


Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program RFP Announced

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program – 2015 Request for Proposals Announced November 5, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), FedEx, Southern Company, Bank of America and PG&E are pleased to solicit applications for the 2015 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program which is managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The grant program is offered in conjunction with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership which gives priority to projects located in underserved, environmentally overburdened communities.

The Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships. NFWF anticipates that approximately $2,000,000 in combined total funding will be available for projects such: wetlands creation and restoration; green infrastructure and stormwater management; citizen’s science and volunteer water monitoring; projects that reduce or eliminate trash from entering waterways; coastal habitat, riparian, urban forest restoration and other water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities.

NFWF will host a webinar for potential applicants on November 18, 2014. This RFP closes February 2, 2015. For more information go to www.nfwf.org/fivestar.


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