CalEPA Accepting Applications for Environmental Justice Grants

For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2017

Media Contact:
Malinda Dumisani (916) 445-9480


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Environmental Protection Agency is now accepting applications for the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program.

At least $750,000 will be available during this funding cycle to eligible community-based nonprofit groups and federally recognized tribal governments to support environmental justice-related projects across California.  The maximum grant amount is $50,000, and the grant term is 12 months.

“These grants support innovative, collaborative projects that help to reduce pollution and protect public health in our most vulnerable communities,” said Secretary for Environmental Protection Matthew Rodriquez.  “We invite community-based organizations and tribal governments to take advantage of this opportunity to advance their work on environmental justice.”

Projects selected for the grants 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  environmental decision-making processes at the state and local levels. Grants under this program will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.  CalEPA plans to announce the grant awards by August 2018.

To obtain an application package, please visit CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program webpage.

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 by emailing Malinda.Dumisani@calepa.ca.gov; or by calling (916) 445-9480.

Funds for this program are provided by the boards, departments and office within CalEPA. The CalEPA EJ Small Grants Program was established by Assembly Bill 2312 (Chu, Chapter 994, Statutes of 2002) to provide grants to eligible nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribal governments. Since its inception, the program has awarded 106 grants totaling $2.8 million.

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