Region 8

Grant Programs


Grant Basics and Tips

FY 2014 EJ Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Request for Funding

View the RFP here (PDF) (59 pp, 711 K, About PDF)
For more information on this funding opportunity, please see the EPA Office of Environmental Justice websiteThe Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The CPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks.

The CPS Program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model (PDF) (44 pp, 1.5MB, About PDF) as part of their projects. The model aims to address local environmental and/or public health issues in a collaborative manner with various stakeholders such as communities, industry, academic institutions, and others.

EJ Small Grant Program

The EJ Grants Program was established in 1994 and designed to provide funding assistance to community based, non-profit grassroots organizations to work on EJ projects. The EJ Program administers the EJ Small Grants program, which awards up to $25,000. These are highly competitive grants and have specific goals identified in the solicitations for applications.

The primary purpose of proposed projects for 2011 should be to develop an understanding of environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level, and educate and empower the community. The long-term goals of the EJSG Program are to help build the capacity of the communities with environmental justice concerns and create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future. Find out more about the EJ Small Grants program, including application guidance and profiles of past projects.

Federal Grant Guide for Community Environmental and Public Health Activities

Developed by an EPA-CDC-ATSDR Collaboration on Community Environmental Health, this 20-page PDF guide (about PDF) contains basic information about 35 grant programs at 8 agencies, including DOI, HUD, HHS, USDA and EPA. It also shares helpful tips on applying for federal grants.

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)

Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) is a competitive grant program that offers an innovative way for a community to organize and take action to reduce toxic pollution in its local environment. Through CARE, a community creates a partnership that implements solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people's exposure to them. By providing financial and technical assistance, EPA helps CARE communities get on the path to a renewed environment.

Please visit EPA’s CARE Web site for more information.

The CARE Roadmap: 10-Step Plan to Improve Community Environment and Health
EPA's CARE Roadmap (PDF, 20pp, 3MB, about PDF) is a method for communities to build collaborative partnerships and assess and address local risks.

Other Grants and Funding Resources

EJ Grants Contacts

April Nowak
303-312-6528 or
800-227-8917 (toll free Region 8 only)