Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (Tribal) - EPA

Opportunity Type: Funding

What: Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program

Grantor: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Award Amount: Applicants may request up to $100,000; approximately 16-20 grants will be awarded

Deadline: May 20, 2022

Eligibility: Federally recognized Tribal Governments

About: Since its inception in 1994, the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program has awarded more than $37 million in funding to over 1500 community-based organizations, tribal governments, and Native American organizations working with communities facing environmental justice issues.

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. The program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. Environmental Justice Small Grants fund projects up to $100,000, depending on the availability of funds in a given year. All projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute.

Description: The EJSG program awards grants that support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities.  

$1.6 million of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds are now available to fund EJ Small Grants to federally recognized tribal governments to establish or modify public participation programs where fair treatment and meaningful participation priorities have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For this single funding announcement, EPA is limiting eligible applicants to federally recognized tribal governments only.  Applicants may request up to $100,000.  Approximately 16 to 20 EJ Small Grants will be awarded to federally recognized tribal governments nationwide. 

EPA is committed to assisting federally recognized tribes in building capacity to establish public participation, community involvement, education, and communication systems to engage tribal members and others living on tribal lands, as noted in the EPA Policy on Environmental Justice for Working with Federally Recognized Tribes and Indigenous Peoples.

Questions? For more information, please email Sarah Frederick at (frederick.sarah@epa.gov), Office of International and Tribal Affairs, 206-553-1601.