The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program will provide $1 million for the 2012 fiscal year to programs that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. Each project will be awarded $25,000 for the duration of one year. Each of the ten EPA regional offices expected to award approximately one-to-four organizations with grant funding.
The eligible organizations for the EJSG are:
- Incorporated non-profit organizations (for example: environmental justice networks, faith based organizations or those affiliated with religious institutions)
- Federally recognized tribal governments
- Tribal organizations
Applicants must be located in the same state as the proposed project and must also demonstrate a history of working with the affected community. The community is one that is vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks. The applicant must prove that the organization and subcontractors have a vested interest in the affected community other than financial gain. The EJSG encourages partnerships with various stakeholders to enhance the projects and to provide assistance.
Each proposal must address and include at least one of the following Federal Environmental Statutes:
- Clean Water Act
- Safe Drinking Water Act
- Solid Waste Disposal Act
- Clean Air Act
- Toxic Substances Control Act
- Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
- Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act