The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $1.2 million for Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreements. These funds will be distributed to 10 community-based organizations that work to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Each recipient will receive up to $120,000 for two-year projects that create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.
EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in America’s low income and minority communities.
The community-based organizations should use EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS model to execute a wide array of project plans aligned with EPA’s priorities to protect human health and the environment by providing Americans with clean air, land, and water.
To increase outreach to underserved communities, this opportunity will place special emphasis on high ranking proposals to be performed in rural areas as defined by the program. Rural areas, for the purposes of this competition, are defined as local areas with small, low-income, rural, and/or tribal communities with populations of 50,000 or less that have limited access to public or private resources commonly found in metropolitan areas. The goal of this emphasis is to encourage and increase project performance in geographical locations not often associated with the EJCPS program. Please note: all eligible organizations are still encouraged to apply until February 16, 2018.
For more information about EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program, visit https://www.epa.gov/environmental-justice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-0
For a full description of the 2016 Environmental Justice CPS Cooperative Agreement projects, visit