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The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides financial assistance to eligible organizations working on or planning to work on projects to address local environmental and/or public health issues in their communities.  The program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, academia, etc.) to develop solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issue(s) at the local level.

Additionally, the EJCPS Program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model as part of their projects. The model aims to address local environmental and/or public health issues in a collaborative manner with various stakeholders such as communities, industry, academic institutions, and others. Case Studies highlight some of the successful and effective strategies of previous projects.

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Is My Organization Eligible?

If your organization is NOT eligible, we encourage partnering with eligible entities on an EJSG project. See the RFA for more information.  Eligible entities include:

  • Incorporated non-profit organizations—including, but not limited to, community-based organizations, grassroots organizations, environmental justice networks, faith-based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions

  • US Territories

  • Tribal governments, either federally-recognized or state-recognized – including Alaska Native Villages; or

  • Tribal organizations

  • Freely Associated States (FAS) – including state and local governmental entities and local non-profit organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau


Request for Applications

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program Grants Request for Applications is now OPEN!  

EPA anticipates the potential for additional funds up to $6 million to be made available through this funding opportunity along with the original  $3.2 million of EJ funds.  These potential funds can be used for COVID-19 projects specifically to address clean air issues and/or training for a safe drinking water workforce.  Approximately 46 EJCPS awards will now be awarded nationwide.  Awards will be for up to $200,000 each for two-year projects. This opportunity places special emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations, US territories, tribes, and tribal organizations seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in local underserved communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia. This opportunity places special emphasis on projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, climate and disaster resiliency, and projects proposed by new applicants and grantees to the program. For details and guidance about applying for the anticipated additional funds, see Appendix A - Guidance on American Rescue Plan (ARP) Funding in the RFA below.  Also, tune into a Zoom webinar about the  anticipated ARP funds on May 12, 2021 to learn about the updates to the funding opportunity.

The EJCPS Program funding is now OPEN. Applicants interested in this opportunity must submit proposal packages on or before June 1, 2021 to be considered for the available funding. Read the full funding solicitation document below:

Grants.gov Requirement All applications are required to be submitted through Grants.gov. To see and apply for the funding opportunity on Grants.gov, visit the following link: www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331837

Applicants should plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2021.

For more information, please email Jacob Burney (burney.jacob@epa.gov)

In accordance with EPA's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy (EPA Order 5700.5A1), EPA staff will not meet with individual applicants to discuss draft applications, provide informal comments on draft applications, or provide advice to applicants on how to respond to ranking criteria.

Applicants are responsible for the contents of their applications. However, consistent with the provisions in the announcement, EPA will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification about the announcement.

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Pre-Application Assistance Calls & Webinars

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

Date Time How to Join

March 5, 2021

(EJCPS Live Call)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET) 

See below for the recording and transcript from the March 5, 2021 Pre-Application Assistance Call

March 10, 2021

(EJSG/EJCPS EJSCREEN Demo)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (ET)

Call Recording Coming Soon

March 23, 2021

(EJCPS Live Call)

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ET)

See below for the recording and transcript from the March 23, 2021 Pre-Application Assistance Call

April 7, 2021

(EJCPS Live Call en Español)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Playback Online
1. Click this link or paste the entire URL into your browser:
https://wp0.teleconferencingcenter.com/playback/archive?id=e84185c6-7ad3-4773-a0b9-7196448578f9.rpm
2. At the prompt, enter your name and email address
3. Click "Listen"

April 26, 2021

(Live Call for EJSG and EJCPS on additional funding)

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Click the link below and enter the pass code to view the recording of the call:

Zoom Call Recording

Passcode: 26808752

May 12, 2021

(Live Call for EJSG and EJCPS on additional funding; en inglés y español) 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Click the link below and enter the pass code to view the recording of the call:

Zoom Call Recording

Passcode: 23802764

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Resources

EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model GuideEPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model Guide 
A guide to EPA's EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving program.

Case Studies from the EnvironmentalCase Studies from the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Program
In-depth descriptions of five successful CPS awards.

The Power of PartnershipsThe Power of Partnerships: 45-minute video of EPA's EJ CPS Model at work in Spartanburg, SC featuring interviews of key EJ stakeholders and community members explaining their roles in successfully addressing EJ concerns in the area.

Pic for CPS FAQFrequently Asked Questions on Applying for EJ CPS Grants
Answers to FAQs on eligibility, types of projects, funding priorities, and application requirements.

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Past Grant Recipients

View all Project Descriptions in a database listed by State: Click Here!

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Previous Requests for Applications

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