EPA and Other Federal Agency Resources
“TASC staff’s knowledge of local conditions and circumstances, as well as the processes recommended for the project, were on-point to provide positive feedback to site agencies and ensure that the long-term interests of taxpayers and the local government were met.”
- Community representative for the Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities TASC project
Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs):
A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) provides money for activities that help communities participate in decision-making at eligible Superfund sites. An initial grant up to $50,000 is available to qualified community groups so they can contract with independent technical advisors to interpret and help the community understand technical information about their site. TAGs are available at Superfund sites that are on the EPA's National Priorities List (NPL) or proposed for listing on the NPL, and for which a response action has begun. EPA's NPL is a list of the most hazardous waste sites nationwide. Since the first TAG was awarded in 1988, more than $20 million has been awarded directly to community groups.
Community Advisory Groups (CAGs):
A Superfund Community Advisory Group (CAG) is made up of members of the community and is designed to serve as the focal point for the exchange of information among the local community and EPA, the state regulatory agency and other pertinent federal agencies involved in cleanup of the Superfund sites.
Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) Grants Program:
The Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) coordinates EPA’s efforts to integrate environmental justice into all policies, programs and activities. OEJ also provides information and technical and financial resources to assist communities and enable EPA to meet its environmental justice goals and objectives. EPA's goal is to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making processes that maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn and work.
Superfund Job Training Initiative (SuperJTI):
SuperJTI is a job readiness program that provides training and employment opportunities for underserved citizens living in communities affected by Superfund sites. Many of these areas are environmental justice communities — historically under-represented minority and low-income neighborhoods and areas burdened with significant environmental challenges. EPA’s goal is to help these communities develop job opportunities that remain long after a Superfund site is cleaned up.
Technical Assistance for Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program:
EPA’s Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program helps guide communities through the cleanup and redevelopment process at brownfield properties. Communities and municipalities often need help to understand the technical issues associated with brownfield projects, such as: deciphering technical reports, realizing health impacts and risks, financing brownfields projects, understanding science or environmental policy, learning how best to involve stakeholders, and working with local, state or federal governments. The program provides technical assistance to communities and individuals that need it.
Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC):
EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) collaborates with other EPA programs, federal agencies, regional, state and local governments, and a broad array of nongovernmental partners to help communities become stronger, healthier and more sustainable through smarter growth and green building. This work helps to address the Agency’s priorities for water, air and the cleanup of communities and substantially furthers the Administration’s objectives with respect to environmental justice.
EPA Urban Waters Program:
As part of the Urban Waters Movement, EPA is seeking to help communities — especially underserved communities — as they work to access, improve and benefit from their urban waters and the surrounding land. Whether as part of a cleanup leading to waterfront development or putting monitoring in place to ensure safe drinking water, community groups across the country have taken the initiative, engaging volunteers, community organizations, and local and state government to make their waters safe for many uses.
RCRA Public Participation Manual:
The RCRA Public Participation Manual is intended as a "user's manual." It explains how public participation works in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) permitting process (including corrective action), and how citizens, regulators and industry can cooperate to make it work better. It also describes a wide range of activities to enhance public participation, and includes several appendices that provide lists of contacts, sources of information and examples of public participation tools and activities.
Partnership for Sustainable Communities:
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. Partnership agencies periodically offer funding opportunities to communities
EPA Smart Growth Grants and Other Funding:
EPA helps communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity, protect public health and the environment, and create and enhance the places that people love. Through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants and technical assistance, EPA is helping America's communities turn their visions for the future into reality. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities sometimes offers grants to support activities that improve the quality of development and protect human health and the environment.
EPA's Watershed Grants:
Committed watershed organizations and state and local governments need adequate resources to achieve the goals of the Clean Water Act and improve our nation's water quality. To support these efforts, EPA created this website to provide tools, databases and information about sources of funding to practitioners and funders that serve to protect watersheds.