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Environmental Enforcement and Training Account Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits and Public Entities for
Environmental Law Enforcement and Training

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California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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08/31/19 5:00 PM Postmarked or Hand-delivered


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Grants to California public entities and nonprofit organizations to improve the enforcement of State environmental laws by offering environmental training, investigation, and enforcement programs. Grant recipients are expected to incorporate environmental justice objectives as they relate to environmental enforcement into any proposed training courses.

Funding may be provided for the following:

  1. Training public prosecutors, peace officers, firefighters, and state or local environmental regulators in the investigation and enforcement of environmental laws;
  2. The cost of local environmental regulators engaged in the enforcement of environmental laws; and/or
  3. The costs of prosecutors, investigators and research attorneys working within the Environmental Circuit Prosecutor Project.

Training courses should include, as appropriate, one or more of the following components:

  1. Developing an understanding of environmental justice laws and principles.
  2. Developing targeted enforcement projects or plans benefiting communities most burdened by pollution sources or impacts.
  3. Ensuring public participation and information sharing whenever possible.

Applicants may receive grants to develop a new activity or substantially improve the quality of existing programs upon a showing that the project will have a direct impact on environmental enforcement and/or training activities.

Factors in the selection process may include geographic and socioeconomic balance, diverse nature of the projects, cost, and projects whose benefits can be sustained after the grant is completed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144822

Term of Contract:

Grant funded projects should be completed within the time frames set out in the work plan. Unused grant funds remaining at the end of the fiscal year may be returned or, if approved by CalEPA, extended for use in the following fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Individuals are not eligible to receive grants.
- Private nonprofit organizations or public entities may submit a grant application.
- Applicants who have previously received grant funds may be eligible for future grant awards.
- Organizations that have not received previous grants under the Environmental Enforcement and Training Account Grant Program may receive preference over organizations currently or previously receiving grant awards.
- Local environmental regulators may request local assistance grants to assist in the enforcement of environmental laws, based upon a showing of substantial need and a lack of other available funding sources.
- Applications proposing projects inconsistent with CalEPA’s statutory authority or mission are ineligible for funding.

Restrictions on Grants:

(1) Grant funds can only be used for the purposes set forth in an approved narrative/work plan, and must be consistent with the statutory authority for the award.
(2) Grant funds cannot be used for lobbying, or intervention in state or federal regulatory proceedings.
(3) Grant funds cannot be used for matching state or federal funding.
(4) State law requires all grantees to certify and assure that they will comply with all applicable state laws, regulations, and requirements before receiving funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications may be submitted starting August 1 st each year and must be postmarked or hand delivered by no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31 st each year.

Applicants will be notified of the Secretary’s decision concerning this application and any necessary follow-up within 90 days of the close of the application period.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications to:

CalEPA Office of the Secretary
Environmental Enforcement and Training Grants Program
Attn: Jessica Diedesch
1001 I Street, MS 25C
Sacramento, California 95814

Jessica Diedesch
(916) 322- 2935

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