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Environmental Justice

The State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

Overview

The purpose of this cooperative agreement program is to support and/or create model state activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health results in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. These models should leverage or utilize existing resources or assets of state agencies to develop key tools and processes that integrate environmental justice considerations into state governments and government programs.

The SEJCA program goals are to (1) achieve measurable and meaningful environmental and/or public health results in communities; (2) build broad and robust, results-oriented partnerships, particularly with community organizations within disproportionately impacted areas; (3) pilot activities in specific communities that create models, which can be expanded or replicated in other geographic areas; (4) reinforce connections to EPA regional EJ activities and priorities and, (5) strengthen the development and implementation of specific approaches to achieve environmental justice.

Projects should leverage: (1) state and local data; (2) state and local leadership; (3) state and local results; (4) relationships between delegated programs and state environmental justice policies, and (5) state targeting of disproportionately burdened areas.

Request for Applications

EPA is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities through our daily efforts to ensure all Americans have clean air, safe water, and access to information to make decisions to protect personal and public health. As part of these efforts, EPA has re-opened the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and expanded its availability to include states, local governments, tribes and territories.

EPA is giving a special consideration to those applications aimed at addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban and rural low income and minority communities.

EPA anticipates making five awards in amounts of up to $200,000 per award for a two-year project period. EPA encourages applicants to develop innovative plans and processes to conduct effective outreach to underserved communities in the midst of social-distancing and local stay-at-home orders, especially in places where internet access may not be readily available to all residents.

The opportunity closes on June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Read the full funding solicitation document at the link below:

All applications are required to be submitted through Grants.gov. To see the funding opportunity on Grants.gov, visit the following link:

Pre-application Assistance Calls

Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address general questions about the SEJCA Program, eligibility, and this solicitation. Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 866-299-3188 and entering the code 2025646349#​ when prompted. Conference calls will be recorded for parties who may miss the calls and/or if conference lines reach capacity. For call recordings, interested parties should contact the Agency Contact listed in Section VII of the RFA.

For the hearing impaired, please click on this link to view captions of the live calls.

See the table below for a schedule of the conference call dates and times:

Date Time (Eastern Time)
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Thursday, May 7, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Thursday, May 21, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (LIVE) 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (ET)

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.

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