EJ Action Grants Program

Providing grant funding to projects intended to lift the burden of pollution from those most vulnerable to its effects.
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About the Grants Program

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) announced the establishment of the new CalEPA EJ Action Grants Program (Program) in June 2023.

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.

On March 7, 2024, CalEPA announced the Program’s first 27 grantees. CalEPA will announce Round 2 Guideline public process and timeline later in 2024.

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Please see below for the Program’s 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.

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 11:59 pm PDT
    • Early 2024 – Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date
EJ Action Grants Workshop and Virtual Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours

Our virtual office hours have concluded. They were held:

  • Tuesday, October 3 (4:00-5:00 PM)
  • Monday, October 9 (4:00-5:00 PM)

Virtual Workshop

The EJ Action Grants Application Workshop was held on September 27, 2023.

Application Form and Templates

Round 1 EJ Action Grant Guidelines

Application [WORD]

Application [PDF]

Budget Table Sample
*Applicants may use this budget template provided in this past round of CalEPA’s EJ Small Grants; however, there is no template that is required in Round 1’s EJ Action Grants Application.

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

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