CalEPA Accepting Applications for Environmental Justice Grants

For Immediate Release

October 6, 2015 Contact: Malinda Dumisani, (916) 445-9480

SACRAMENTO—The California Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications from eligible community-based nonprofit groups and federally recognized tribal governments to support environmental justice-related projects across California. More than $1 million is available from the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program, double last year’s $500,000 in funding and up from $250,000 in 2013.

“The continued growth in available funding is an opportunity to expand the reach and increase the impact of this important program for some of California’s most vulnerable communities,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez. “The increase reflects our commitment to environmental justice and public health protection.”

Projects selected will address a variety of environmental and public health objectives, including education on the health and safety of pesticide use, reducing diesel emissions, ensuring safe drinking water, and participation in the environmental decision-making processes at the state and local levels. This year, the program adds a new funding category for projects that address climate change and its impacts.

Grants under this program will be awarded on a competitive basis. Applications must be received by 4:00 pm on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. CalEPA plans to announce the grant awards in May 2016.

To obtain an application package, please visit CalEPA’s Environmental Justice website.

Applications can also be requested by writing to: California Environmental Protection Agency, Office of the Secretary, Attn: Malinda Dumisani, EJ Small Grants Program, P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812 – 2815; or emailing; or calling (916) 445-9480.