U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)
06/30/20 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories government agencies and tribal governments for public health projects that address the effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to a month to complete. Funding is intended to benefit underserved communities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities. EPA also continues to make effective responses to COVID-19 issues a top priority. As part of these efforts, this notice announces EPA re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and the availability of funds for applicants to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas. The SEJCA program provides funding to eligible entities to work collaboratively with underserved communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and/or the environment in those communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations.
Applicants will be expected to work with underserved communities and their representative organizations to achieve meaningful and measurable results during the funding period. The needs and perspectives of community residents in underserved communities should be a driving factor in the work performed by applicants. To support the nation-wide effort against the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, EPA will give special consideration to applications proposing actions to address the impacts of COVID-19 on communities with environmental justice concerns.
For this competition, EPA will give special consideration to applications that focus on the following program priority:
For eligible project activities and project examples, see https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-04/documents/2020_rfa_sejca_4_30_2020.pdf#page=6.
GrantWatch ID#: 189888
EPA anticipates the award of approximately five (5) cooperative agreements
Each award is not expected to exceed $200,000 per award.
Funded assistance agreements will have a two-year project period. Applicants should plan for projects to start on October 1, 2020.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) submission questions, please call the Grants.gov 24-hour helpline at 1-800-518-4726 or visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html.
If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through grants.gov because of limited or no internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials to Grants.gov, the applicant must contact OGDWaivers@epa.gov or the address listed below in writing (e.g., by hard copy or email) at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline under this announcement to request approval to submit application materials through an alternate method.
c/o Jessica Durand
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N. W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460
c/o Jessica Durand
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004
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