Community Change Grants Program Is Accepting Applications

The Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants program (known as the Community Change Grants program) is currently accepting applications. Initiated under the “Inflation Reduction Act” (IRA), the program allocates approximately $2 billion in funding for environmental and climate justice activities aimed at aiding disadvantaged communities. Supported projects aim to reduce pollution, enhance community climate resilience, and bolster community capacity to tackle environmental and climate justice issues. The program is facilitated by the Environmental Protection Agency. The deadline for applications is November 21, 2024.

Partnerships between two community-based non-profit organizations (CBOs) or a CBO and a federally recognized Tribe, local government, or institution of higher education are eligible for support. Technical assistance is also available for eligible applicants and can be used for application support, capacity building, project planning, and more.

The EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) held the first informational webinar about the application process on December 7, 2023. A recording is available on its website, along with presentation slides. Additional informational webinars will be held later this year.

Registration information for upcoming webinars is sent out through the Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights (OEJECR) Listserv. To subscribe to the OEJECR Listserv, send a blank email to: [email protected]. Webinars are also announced on X at @EPAEnvJustice.