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Environmental Justice

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program

Overview

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) 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, using EPA's "Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model." The CPS Program assists recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities.

The CPS 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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Request for Proposals

The FY 2018 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving solicitation is now open! Ten awards will be made (one award per region) in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations, 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 providers, and academia.

FY 2018 Request for Proposals  (Amended)  
FY2018 Request for Proposals en Español (Modificado)

All proposals must be submitted through the Grants.gov website!  To apply for this funding opportunity, go to the link below.  At the top of the screen, click Applicants and then Apply for Grants, to register and complete an application: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298732

Pre-application Assistance Calls

Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address questions about the EJCPS Program and this solicitation. Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 1-866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-0152 when prompted. The following are the conference call dates and times:
 

Date

Time (Eastern Standard)

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

EJSCREEN Tutorial for applicants

*You will need a computer for this session.

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/epa-ejscreen-tutorial-for-cps-applicants-tickets-40711358770

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 11, 2018 (en Español)  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
New Date! Wednesday, January 24, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to common questions about this opportunity. This page will be updated throughout the open solicitation period with additional questions and answers.

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Resources

EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model GuideEPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model Guide (2008)
In-depth descriptions of five successful CPS awards.

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.

 

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Previous Project Descriptions

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

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