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Environmental Law Enforcement and Training

Environmental Enforcement and Training Grant

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California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations and public entities to enhance the enforcement of environmental laws. Funding may be used for training programs, environmental enforcement, and investigation. The purpose of the program is to improve compliance with environmental laws throughout the state.

Penal Code section 14300 et seq. established the Environmental Enforcement and Training Account, which funds the Environmental Enforcement Training Grant Program (Grant Program) and the Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Grant Program administered by the Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency. The purpose of the Grant Program is to provide financial assistance for environmental enforcement, investigation, and training programs that enhance statewide enforcement of environmental laws. The Secretary may award grants:

  1. To public entities and private nonprofit organizations for training public prosecutors, peace officers, firefighters, state or local environmental regulators, and community-based organizations in the investigation and enforcement of environmental laws;
  2. To local environmental regulators for the enforcement of environmental laws; 
  3. For the costs of prosecutors, investigators, and research attorneys for circuit prosecution; and/or
  4. For peace officer training funded by monies declined by the Commission under Penal Code section 14314, subdivision (a).

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GrantWatch ID#: 144822

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Term of Contract:

July 1 – June 30: Grants in effect

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

When funds are available, grants may be awarded to public entities and private nonprofit organizations for training public prosecutors, investigators, and staff of community-based organizations, among others, in the investigation and enforcement of environmental laws, and to further support the Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Grant Program. Local environmental regulators may request local assistance grants to assist in the investigation and enforcement of environmental laws, based upon a showing of substantial need and a lack of other available funding sources.

Individuals and those entities made ineligible by SB 157 are not eligible to receive grants.

For information on grant restrictions, see Page 3 of the application document in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for funding may be submitted from March 1 through April 1, 2022.

The program normally operates on the following annual cycle:
- March 1: Announce availability of funds to disburse under the program
- March 1- April 1: Applications for discretionary grants accepted
- Early May: Grant applicants notified

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

CalEPA requests that applications be submitted via email to:

Direct questions to the email address listed above.

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