Applications are now open for the Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Grant Program to support underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to prepare for climate-related impacts.
EJ4Climate seeks to foster climate resilience by improving the capacity of communities to prepare for, withstand, respond to, and recover from hazardous events or disturbances related to climate change, which poses risks to human health, the environment, cultural resources, the economy, and quality of life.
For this grant cycle, the CEC is calling for initiatives that:
- Support community resilience to climate change and climate-related impacts;
- Yield tangible, equitable benefits for local communities by addressing or adapting to climate change impacts;
- Consider local knowledge and transform that knowledge into an innovative action or solution; and
- Build partnerships that respond to community-identified challenges.
What types of projects are eligible for funding?
Possible projects under the grant program could include addressing extreme weather impacts, transitioning to clean energy and/or transportation systems, or utilizing traditional ecological knowledge to address climate change impacts. Project types can include, but are not limited to, capacity building, pilot projects, transfer of innovative technologies, conducting outreach or education, sharing best practices, communication and preparedness/response process improvements, training environmental and community leaders, engaging youth on environmental activities, and reducing risks to the environment.
- Eligible applicants include nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, environmental groups, community-based associations, tribal nations, and Indigenous Peoples and communities.
- Universities, and academic and public research institutions are eligible to apply by teaming up with community-based organizations.
- Applicants must be located in Canada, Mexico or the United States.
- If you are unsure whether your organization is eligible, please contact them.
For more information, visit http://www.cec.org/EJ4Climate/