The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program offers funding opportunities to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.
- Develop Community Led Solutions to Climate Change Mitigation,Adaption, and Resilience Challenges
- Improve Access to Safe and Clean Water
- Reduce Pollution, Exposure to Pesticides, and Toxic Chemicals, and Promote Resource Conservation
- Build and Strengthen Collaborative Efforts to Enhance Local Capacity and to Uplift and Build Community Knowledge
- Engage California Communities and Tribes in Multi-Benefit and Cooperative Strategies to Protect and Restore Biodiversity, and Natural and Cultural Resources
- Maximum Available Per Project: $50,000
- Grant Term: 18 months
- Eligible applicants are limited to non-profit entities or federally recognized Tribal governments. A “non-profit entity” is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that meets all of the following criteria:
- Operates primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or other similar purposes in the public interest.
- Not organized primarily for profit.
- Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand, or any combination thereof, its operations.
- 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. Other IRS 501(c) tax exempt organizations that are not specifically 501(c)(3) are not eligible.
For more information, visit https://calepa.ca.gov/envjustice/funding/