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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 2016 solicitation is now closed. One award will be made 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 seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations.

UPDATE: (November 24, 2015)
The FY 2016 solicitation was amended to include additional details governing partnerships and the required training workshop. This version of the RFP supersedes all previous versions.

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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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