Small Grants and Funding Opportunities

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program offers funding opportunities authorized by California Code of Regulations Title 27, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 1 to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

Maximum Available Per Project. The maximum amount of a grant provided is $50,000.

Grant Term. 12 months.

Eligibility. Eligible applicants are limited to non-profit entities or federally recognized Tribal governments. A “non-profit entity” is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Operates primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or other similar purposes in the public interest.
  2. Not organized primarily for profit.
  3. Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand, or any combination thereof, its operations.
  4. Is a tax-exempt organization under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), or is able to provide evidence that the State of California recognizes the organizations as a non-profit entity.

Individuals and organizations that are tax exempt under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) are not eligible to apply for this funding.

“Environmental justice” is defined in Government Code section 65040.12 as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

Upcoming Cycle

For the next cycle’s funding availability:   Please sign up for CalEPA’s Environmental Justice listserv to receive information as it becomes available.

Awarded Cycles

2016 Cycle. Applications were accepted through January 22, 2016. Grant recipients were announced in July 2016. Grant applicants were asked to demonstrate in their applications how their projects will address one or more of the following EJ Small Grant Program goals in communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental pollution or are especially sensitive to environmental pollution due to socio-economic factors:

  1. Improve Access To Safe and Clean Water.
  2. Address Climate Change Impacts Through Community Led Solutions.
  3. Reduce The Potential For Exposure To Pesticides And Toxic Chemicals.
  4. Promote Community Capacity Building — Improve Communities’ And Tribes’ Understanding Of The Technical And Procedural Aspects Of Environmental Decision-Making.
  5. Promote The Development Of Community-Based Research That Protects And Enhances Public Health And The Environment.
  6. Address Cumulative Impacts Through Collaboration Between Community-Based Organizations And Local Government.

Previously Awarded Environmental Justice Small Grants 2005-2016

Questions or For More Information Regarding the EJ Small Grants, please contact:

Ms. Malinda Dumisani EJ Small Grants Program Manager
E-mail: | Phone: (916) 445-9480