EPA announces $2B for local environmental justice projects

Source: Smart Cities Dive

  • The Biden administration announced on Tuesday the availability of about $2 billion in grants for communities to deploy clean energy, boost climate resilience and address climate and environmental justice challenges.
  • Local governments partnering with community-based nonprofits are eligible to apply for the Community Change Grants, which mark the “single largest investment in environmental justice going directly to communities in history,” according to an Environmental Protection Agency news release.
  • Federal climate funding has been criticized as difficult for less-resourced communities to access, and the grant program includes key elements to counter such challenges. That includes $200 million for technical assistance, an opportunity for applicants to orally present to the EPA, and a yearlong rolling application process that allows unselected applicants to try again with a new application. The final deadline to apply is Nov. 21, 2024. 

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