EJ Action Grants Program

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About the Grants Program

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) is excited to announce the establishment of the new CalEPA EJ Action Grants Program (Program).

CalEPA is administering the Program to provide grant funding to a wide variety of projects. CalEPA administers the new Program as part of its overall mission to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality, and economic vitality.

Program solicitation is NOW OPEN! Apply today.

CalEPA is excited to announce the Program is now live and we are currently accepting grant applications. Please see below for the Program’s grant guidelines, due dates and timelines, program application forms and templates, listening session recordings, and FAQ and additional resources. If you have any questions, please contact us at EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov.

Environmental Justice Action Grant Program grant guidelines 

Las lineamientos de la programa de subvenciones para acciones de justicia ambiental

To support applicants navigating the Program, CalEPA has developed application forms and templates. Applicants are encouraged to read the entirety of the Environmental Justice Action Grants grant guidelines, as the full grant guidelines contain important information about the Program.

Video: Introducing CalEPA’s new EJ Action Grants Program

Key Information

 Important Due Dates and Timelines

    • August 29, 2023 – Solicitation Release
    • September 27, 2023 – Virtual Application Workshop
    • October 13, 2023 – Deadline for Submitting Applications by 5:00 pm PDT
    • Early December, 2023 – Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date
EJ Action Grants Workshop and Virtual Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours

Looking for more opportunities to connect? We’re here to answer any questions that might arise between now and October 13. Register for our weekly virtual office hours below:

Virtual Workshop

Please join CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Action Grant Program virtual workshop. During this virtual workshop we will be discussing the application process, timelines, and be available to answer questions about the new grant program.

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7:00PM PDT

Zoom Registration Link:


Access & Accessibility:

Spanish translation services will be available through Zoom.

If you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact Leticia Syslo as soon as possible to discuss your accessibility needs. 

Email: EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov | PH: (916) 323-2514 

Translation and interpretation services (in addition to Spanish) may be provided upon request. To ensure availability of these services, please make your request no later than ten working days prior to the workshop by contacting Leticia Syslo.

Email: EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov | PH: (916) 323-2514 


Servicios de accesibilidad adicionales, como traducción de inglés a otros idiomas, pueden hacerse disponibles si usted los pide. Para asegurar la disponibilidad de estos servicios, por favor haga su petición 10 días antes del taller público, a Leticia Syslo at EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov.


Pagsasalin at pagpapaliwanag ay maaring ipakiusap (karagdagan sa Espanyol). Upang masiguro na mayroon ang mga serbisyong inaalok, mangyaring makipagugnayan kay Leticia Syslo sa EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov sa loob ng 10 araw ng paggawa.


可应要求提供翻译和口译服务(除西班牙语外)。为了确保这些服务的可用性,请在研讨会开始 前的十天内与 Leticia Syslo, EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov.


Có thể cung cấp các dịch vụ biên dịch và phiên dịch (ngoài tiếng Tây Ban Nha) theo yêu cầu. Để đảm bảo việc có thể cung cấp các dịch vụ này, quý vị vui lòng đưa ra yêu cầu không trễ hơn mười bờn ngày làm việc trước ngày hội thảo bằng cách liên hệ với Leticia Syslo, EJActionGrants@calepa.ca.gov.

Examples of Potential Funded Activities

Applicant must propose a project that:

  • Supports tribes, community-based organizations, and/or residents;
  • Engage in at least one legislatively approved category (emergency preparedness, public health, environmental and climate decision-making, coordinated enforcement); and
  • Serve an environmental justice purpose as defined in Section 1.2 of the grant guidelines.

CalEPA encourages applicants to review the 2022 EJ Small Grants recipients for examples of projects that may qualify for the Program.

Round 1 Draft Guidelines and Listening Sessions

Contact the Program

Leticia Syslo
(916) 323-2514

Join our EJ Action Grants Listserv to stay up to date on Program news.