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Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribes to Address Environmental
and Health Challenges in Underserved Communities

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

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Deadline Date:

02/07/20 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and tribal organizations to address environmental and public health issues impacting underserved communities. The long-term goals of the program are to help strengthen communities with concerns related to environmental justice and to create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

Eligible projects must demonstrate use of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model to support their collaborative efforts during the project period. For additional information see:

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia) as they develop and implement community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. The term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations.

Collaborative problem-solving involves the establishment and maintenance of partnerships between and among other stakeholders and the underserved community to address the community’s local environmental and/or public health issues. For a list of stakeholder groups that partnerships can include, see:

Types of projects the EJCPS program has funded in the past include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Air Quality & Asthma
  • Water Quality & Sampling
  • Stormwater Issues
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Lead contamination
  • Pesticides and other Toxic Substances
  • Healthy Homes
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resiliency
  • Environmental Job Training
  • Youth Development

For information about eligible activities, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140174

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Ten awards will be made (one award per region).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $120,000 per award

Term of Contract:

Funded assistance agreements will have a two-year project period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities based on CFDA. In accordance with CFDA 66.306, an eligible applicant must be one of the following:
-Incorporated nonprofit organizations —including, but not limited to, environmental justice networks, faith based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions;*
-Federally recognized tribal governments—including Alaska Native Villages; OR
-Tribal organizations

* Applicant organizations claiming nonprofit status must include documentation that shows the organization is either a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service; OR a nonprofit organization recognized by the state, territory, commonwealth or tribe in which it is located. For the latter, documentation must be on official state government letterhead.

Applicants must be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe in which the proposed project is located. This means that an applicant’s registered address of record (i.e. the address designated on their IRS or State-sanctioned documentation) must be in the same state, territory, commonwealth or tribe as the location of the proposed project. Applying organizations should have a direct
connection to the underserved community impacted by the environmental harms and risks detailed in the workplan.

The following entities are INELIGIBLE to receive an award, but applicants are encouraged to partner with these organizations, as appropriate:
-Colleges and universities;
-State and local governments and their entities;
-Quasi-governmental entities (e.g., water districts, utilities)*;
-National organizations and chapters of the aforementioned organizations**;
-Nonprofit organizations supporting lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

* Generally, a quasi-governmental entity is one that: (1) has a close association with the government agency, but is not considered a part of the government agency; (2) was created by the government agency, but is exempt from certain legal and administrative requirements imposed on government agencies; or (3) was not created by the government agency but performs a public purpose and is significantly supported financially by the government agency.

** National organizations are defined as comprising of one centralized headquarters or principal place of business that creates and controls the mission, structure and work carried out by its chapters or affiliates.

Funds awarded under this announcement may not be used to support lobbying activities or any activities related to lobbying or the appearance thereof. Subawards made to nonprofit organizations that lobby are not allowed.

Projects must not be used for the following purposes:
- Routine program implementation (e.g. funding of the same program, without changes or advancements, that has existed and been routinely available for multiple consecutive years),
- Implementation of routine environmental protection restoration measures (e.g. municipal curbside trash service)
- Duplication of work performed under a prior EPA grant, and
- Completion of work which was to have been completed under a prior EPA grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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

The following are the conference call dates and times:
-Tuesday, January 7, 2020 (live), 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
-Wednesday January 15, 2020 (en Español), 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
-Thursday, January 23, 2020 (live), 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Click here to open a pre-recorded 90-minute webinar:

Click here to open a pre-recorded 65-minute webinar (note that the special consideration mentioned here are not aplicable for the 2020 EJCPS opportunity:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through by 11:59 PM ET on February 7, 2020. Proposals received after the closing date and time will not be considered for funding.

Applicants must register with and prior to applying. Do not wait - finalizing these registrations could take a month or more.

Applicants may submit only one proposal under this solicitation.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-6349# when prompted.

Jacob Burney
(202) 564-2907

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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