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Request for Applications: The State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program

Posted on May 6, 2020 by Dene Westbrook

EPA is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities through our daily efforts to ensure all Americans have clean air, safe water, and access to information to make decisions to protect personal and public health. As part of these efforts, EPA has re-opened the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and expanded its availability to include states, local governments, tribes, and territories.

EPA is giving special consideration to those applications aimed at addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban and rural low income and minority communities.

EPA anticipates making five awards in amounts of up to $200,000 per award for a two-year project period. EPA encourages applicants to develop innovative plans and processes to conduct effective outreach to underserved communities in the midst of social-distancing and local stay-at-home orders, especially in places where internet access may not be readily available to all residents.

The opportunity closes on June 30, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET).

Read the full funding solicitation document at the link here. A full overview of the grant opportunity can be found here.

Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with EPA to address general questions about the SEJCA Program, eligibility, and this solicitation. Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing 866-299-3188 and entering the code 202-564-6349# when prompted. See the table below for a schedule of the conference call dates and times:

Thursday, May 7, 2020 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Thursday, May 21, 2020 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)

Herasanna Richards is a legislative associate handling energy, environmental, elections, and external municipal services for the League. She can be reached at hrichards@mml.org or 517-908-0309.

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