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California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits and Tribal Governments
to Address Environmental Pollution and Hazards

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California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

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03/21/19 5:00 PM Receipt or Postmarked by Date


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Grants of up to $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations and tribal governments to address environmental justice challenges. Funding is intended for initiatives based in communities that are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards and pollution.

Grants will be awarded for the following statutory purposes:
1. Distribution of information to help resolve environmental problems;
2. Identification of improvements in communication and coordination between stakeholders and CalEPA, and its Boards, Departments, and Office (BDOs), in order to address the most significant exposure(s) to pollution;
3. Improvement of community or tribal government understanding about environmental issues that affect its community or tribal government;
4. Promotion of community or tribal government involvement in the decision-making process that affects the environment of the community/tribal government; and
5. Enhancement of community/tribal government understanding of environmental information systems and environmental information.

Priority is given to projects that address the most significant exposure(s) to pollution, including projects that address one or more of the following goals:

1. Improve Access to Safe and Clean Water
2. Address Climate Change Impacts Through Community Led Solutions
3. Reduce The Potential For Exposure To Pesticides And Toxic Chemicals
4. Promote Community Capacity Building — Improve Communities’ And Tribes’ Understanding Of The Technical And Procedural Aspects Of Environmental Decision-Making And Increase Access to Funding Opportunities
5. Promote The Development Of Community-Based Research That Protects And Enhances Public Health And The Environment
6. Addressing Cumulative Impacts Through Collaboration Between Community-Based Organizations and Local Government
7. Promote Pollution Prevention and Resource Conservation
8. Develop Effective Partnerships With Schools

Details on each of the above goals:

Examples of Projects Activities:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166539

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Available Per Project: $50,000

Term of Contract:

The grant term is 12 months.

Grant term begins May 15, 2019 and ends May 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit entities or federally recognized Tribal governments. A “nonprofit entity” is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that meets all of the following criteria:
1. Operates primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or other similar purposes in the public interest.
2. Not organized primarily for profit.
3. Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand, or any combination thereof, its operations.
4. Is a tax-exempt organization under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), or is able to provide evidence that the State of California recognizes the organizations as a non-profit entity.

Individuals and organizations that are tax exempt under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) are not eligible to apply for this funding.

Ineligible Costs:

Pre-proposal Conference:

The CalEPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program will be hosting three pre-application assistance calls in late February 2019. Information shared on these calls will be the same. The call dates and their respective meeting ID codes, and times are as follows:

Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing toll free 1-888-240-2560 and then entering the respective meeting code listed under the call date participating in below, when prompted.

Conference Call Number: 1-888-240-2560

(Each meeting ID code is different for each call date, see below)

Thursday, February 21, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Meeting ID Code: 869 531 833

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Meeting ID Code: 771 000 316

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meeting ID Code: 766 379 269

During the call, the CalEPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program will cover pre-application information, highlight project themes, an overview of eligibility, eligible and ineligible costs, reporting requirements and answer any general questions. During the call, CalEPA will not answer any questions regarding specific projects or proposals.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to the CalEPA Headquarters Building and received in the CalEPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Program office by 5:00 PM, March 21, 2019. United State Postal Service postmarks by the March 21, 2019 deadline will be accepted.

Grant Timeline:
- September 2018: 2019 Grant Application Package Development
- December 19, 2018: Press Release – Request for Applications
- March 21, 2019: Grant Application Deadline
- March/April 2019: Grant Application Review
- April - May 2019: Grant Project Selection
- May 2019: Press Release – Grant Award Selections Announced
- May 2019: Grant Agreements and Notice To Proceed Letter Sent Out
- May 15, 2019: Grant Term Begins
- October 1, 2019: Progress Report 1 Due (covering 1-4 months)
- February 5, 2020: Progress Report 2 Due (covering 4-8 months)
- May 15, 2020: Grant Term Ends
- August 19, 2020: Final Report (summarizes months 1-8, reports on months 9-12, overall project evaluation) and Final Payment Request Due

Contact Information:

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

Ms. Malinda Dumisani, EJ Small Grants Program Manager
(916) 445-9480

Mail or hand-deliver applications to:

Mailing Address:
CalEPA Headquarters Building
P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812-2815

Physical Address for Hand-Delivery:
CalEPA Headquarters Building
1001 I Street, 25th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California