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Funding Opportunities from EPA

1) New Funding Opportunity: EJ Collaborative Problem Solving Grants

Proposals Due: February 12, 2016

EPA is seeking applicants for a total of $1.2 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) cooperative agreements to be awarded in 2016. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations seeking to address environmental and/or public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations. Organizations are encouraged to have a connection between the proposed project activities and applicable neighborhood, local, city, or regional land use planning efforts.

The FY 2016 solicitation is now open and will close on February 12, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time. Read the RFP.

One award will be made per region in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period. Pre-Assistance calls have been schedule to assist applicants.

To receive a Spanish translation of the Request for Proposals (RFP), call the EPA Office of Environmental Justice at 1-800-962-6215 or via email at lewis.sheila. Please note that applications must be written in English only. Applications written in languages other than English will not be considered for award.

In 2003, EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) launched the first solicitation for the EJCPS Cooperative Agreement Program. Since the Program’s inception, EPA has provided funding to 62 projects to help communities understand and address exposure to environmental harms and risks. Projects must use the Collaborative Problem Solving model, comprised of seven elements of a successful collaborative partnership, to address local environmental and/or public health issues.

Environmental justice is defined as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process. These awards represent EPA’s commitment to promoting localized, community-based actions to address environmental justice issues.

More information about EPA’s Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem Solving Cooperative Agreement Program:

Read more about how to apply at

EJ CPS Grants per-application assistance calls will be held at the following dates and times:

Date Time (Eastern)
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 3, 2015 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (en Espanol)
Thursday, January 14, 2016 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

2) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program – 2016 Request for Proposals is Open!

Proposals due: February 3, 2016

On November 3, 2015 the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced an RFP for this public-private partnership, funded in part by EPA’s Wetlands and Urban Waters Programs and the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and in conjunction with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership.

Approximately $2.1 million in combined total funding will be available to support projects such as stormwater management, addressing water scarcity, source water protection as well as wetlands, riparian, forest and water quality protection and restoration projects in local communities especially underserved communities across the country. In 2016, the Urban Waters Federal Partnership will give special consideration to projects which directly advance priorities of the 19 Urban Water Federal Partnership designated locations. For more information the priorities of the 19 designated locations, go to: The geographic boundaries of the designated locations can be found in the RFP on the NFWF website.

NFWF will host a webinar for potential applicants on November 18, 2015. This RFP closes February 3, 2016. For more information go

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Thank you!

Christine Ash

Environmental Justice Coordinator

EPA Region 2

290 Broadway

New York, NY 10007


(212) 637-4006 (M – Th)

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