The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened $2 billion in grants to environmental justice communities. The grants will be used to fund projects that will clean up pollution and improve the environment in underserved communities. The EPA says that the grants are part of its commitment to addressing the disproportionate impact of pollution on low-income communities and communities of color.
What is Environmental Justice?
Environmental justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
Purpose of the Grants
The purpose of the grants is to help environmental justice communities address the environmental challenges they face. The grants will be used to fund projects such as:
- Cleaning up contaminated sites
- Improving air and water quality
- Building green infrastructure
- Promoting environmental education and outreach
Who is Eligible for the Grants?
Nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and local governments are eligible to apply for the grants.
How to Apply for the Grants?
Applications for the grants are due by April 13, 2024.