Community Change Grants Technical Assistance
EPA's Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights is committed to providing robust technical assistance (TA) and resources to eligible entities. This TA is in direct response to feedback from communities and environmental justice leaders who have long called for technical assistance and capacity building support for communities and their partners as they work to access critical federal resources. There are two TA programs dedicated for the Community Change Grants, which are detailed below.
On this page:
- Community Change Technical Assistance (CCTA)
- Community Change Equitable Resilience Technical Assistance (CCER TA)
The EPA Environmental and Climate Justice Program’s Community Change Grants (Community Change Grants) aims to support environmental and climate justice activities that benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community capacity to respond to environmental and climate justice challenges. Under the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), EPA received $200 million for TA, which includes TA to provide support for preparing an application for the Community Change Grants.
To request TA for preparing a Community Change Grant application, please fill out the request form or call 1 (800) 540-8123 if you have any questions or need help in filling out the form. If you need language assistance, please send an email to EJ_TechAssist@epa.gov.
Your intake form will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible to receive TA based on the IRA requirements. You will be notified of the eligibility determination, and whether TA will be provided, in an email that outlines next steps. Response times may vary depending on the volume and types of requests received. You may be contacted with any questions, or clarifications needed, regarding the TA you are requesting.
Receiving TA does not guarantee that you will receive funding under any EPA program or other program.
If you have any questions or concerns about this form, please contact: EJ_TechAssist@epa.gov. To receive updates on EPA programs, helpful resources, and notifications of upcoming webinars and training events, please sign up for the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Right's Listserv by sending a blank email to email@example.com or visit the Community Change Grants website here.
EnDyna, EPA's technical assistance contractor, will lead with EPA participation, a series of informational webinars on CCTA. Webinars will occur every Tuesday through at least March 2024. These webinars will provide information on the content and requirements of the CCG Notice of Funding Opportunity, available technical assistance, and answer questions about the grant application process.
More information on upcoming webinars, plus recordings and meeting materials from previous webinars, will be available here: https://communitychangeta.org/past-webinars.
Applicants who are eligible for the Community Change Grants can receive technical assistance both when applying for funds (pre-award) and after selection/award (post-award) through the CCTA program. Pre-award TA through CCTA includes:
: this includes TA with developing, preparing, and submitting a grant application and addressing eligibility issues
: this includes TA with preparing project maps/designs, permitting and site control, determining project feasibility and readiness, developing project budgets, schedules, and implementation plans as well as obtaining specific subject matter expertise and relevant data (e.g., hydrology, landscape architecture, flood mitigation, sustainable buildings)
: this includes TA support in conducting community outreach and developing community engagement plans
: this includes TA support in developing partnerships and governance structures.
Post-award TA through CCTA will offer support with grants management and reporting.
In addition to the general Community Change Grant (CCG) technical assistance described above, EPA is also offering a specialized TA program focused on disaster-prone communities called Community Change Equitable Resilience Technical Assistance (CCER TA). This specialized assistance is targeted to communities that are disaster-prone and disadvantaged, meaning they are vulnerable to extreme heat and more intense heat islands, wildfire and smoke, floods, storms, or other climate impacts that pose a greater risk to disadvantaged communities.
EPA intends to offer this technical assistance to up to 50 communities nationwide. This technical assistance program is focused on place-based, site-specific design assistance to help communities increase their resilience in the face of these disasters. This program includes two in-person site visits and will provide free design and project development assistance, community engagement, and partnership development workshops. In addition to project designs, applicants will receive additional support in developing their CCG application.
For more information on how EPA will evaluate if communities are considered disaster-prone or disadvantaged, please see the CCER TA webpage. If your community does not meet these criteria, you may still be eligible for assistance through the broader CCTA described above. Learn more about CCER TA.