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Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program

Cooperative Agreements to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to
Address Environment and Public Health in Underserved Communities

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ)

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Deadline Date:

06/01/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Cooperative agreements to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tribal organizations to address environmental and public health concerns in underserved communities. Required registrations may take a month or more to complete. Priority will be given to projects focusing on the impacts of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, climate and disaster resiliency, and projects proposed by new applicants and grantees to the program.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income communities and communities of color through the advancement of racial equity and environmental justice. EPA continues to make effective responses to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the climate crisis top priorities. To address these multiple crises, this announcement prioritizes projects focusing on COVID-19 impacts, as well as climate and disaster resiliency.

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical service providers, and academia) as they develop community-driven solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including people of color, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations.

Types of projects the EJCPS program has funded in the past include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Air Quality & Asthma
  • Water Quality & Sampling
  • Food Access to reduce vehicle travel and fuel emissions
  • Stormwater Issues & Green Infrastructure
  • Lead contamination
  • Pesticides and other Toxic Substances
  • Healthy Homes
  • Illegal Dumping
  • Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resiliency
  • Environmental Job Training
  • Youth Development through Environmental Education

For this competition, EPA may give special consideration to high ranking applications that focus on the following program priorities:

  1. Public Education, Training, Emergency Planning, and/or Investigations on Impacts of COVID-19 on Underserved Communities and Vulnerable Populations
  2. Projects addressing Climate, Disaster Resiliency, and/or Emergency Preparedness 
  3. New applicants and grantees

For additional information about special considerations, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140174

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 46 EJCPS awards will now be awarded nationwide.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will be made in amounts of up to $160,000 per award.

Term of Contract:

The estimated project period for awards resulting from this solicitation is two years, from October 2021 to October 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities based on CFDA. In accordance with Assistance Listing an eligible applicant must be one of the following:
- Incorporated non-profit organizations—including, but not limited to, communitybased organizations, grassroots organizations, environmental justice networks, faith-based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions;*
- US Territories
- Tribal governments, must be either federally-recognized or state-recognized – including Alaska Native Villages; OR
- Tribal organizations
- Freely Associated States (FAS) – including state and local governmental entities and local non profit organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau
* Applicant organizations claiming non-profit status must include documentation that shows the organization is either a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service; OR a non-profit organization recognized by the state, territory, commonwealth or tribe in which it is located. For the latter, documentation must be on official state government letterhead.

Applicants must be located within the same state, territory, commonwealth, or tribe in which the proposed project is located. This means that an applicant’s registered address of record (i.e. the address designated on their IRS or State-sanctioned documentation) must be in the same state, territory, commonwealth or tribe as the location of the proposed project. All projects must be located within the Unites States and its territories.

The following entities are INELIGIBLE to receive an award under this competition, but applicants are encouraged to partner with these organizations, as appropriate (see Contracts and Subawards solicitation clause):
- Colleges and universities;
- Hospitals;
- For-profit businesses;
- State and local governments and their entities;
- Quasi-governmental entities (e.g., water districts, utilities);
- National organizations and chapters of the aforementioned organizations;
- Non-profit organizations supporting lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995; and
- Individuals

The recipient cannot use these funds for the following activities:
- Litigation against the Federal government or any other government entity;
- Construction;
- Lobbying;
- Matching funds for other Federal grants;
- Travel for Federal employees;
- Surveys;
- Human health studies (taking blood or other medical information from humans)
- Activities covered by other appropriation accounts within the EPA Appropriation Act

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Assistance Calls & Webinars

April 26, 2021
(Live Call for EJSG and EJCPS on American Rescue Plan funding)
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. (ET)
Join ZoomGov Meeting:
Meeting ID: 161 922 8211

May 12, 2021
(Live Call for EJSG and EJCPS on additional funding)
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm (ET)
Join the call here:
Meeting ID: 161 703 5327

Pre-Application Information:

The EJCPS Program funding is now OPEN. Applicants interested in this opportunity must submit proposal packages on or before June1, 2021 to be considered for the available funding.

- March 2, 2021: EJCPS Program announced. Open competition period begins.
- June 1, 2021: Open competition closes. Applications must be submitted through by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on June 1, 2021. Applications received after this date will not be reviewed.
- June 2021: EPA will review applications for Threshold Eligibility Criteria
- July - August 2021: EPA review panels review, score, and rank eligible applications. EPA will make the final selections for awards. All applicants will be notified of the selection results by mail/email.
- September 2021: Regional offices will request required application documentation from selected applicants. Awards will be made by the regional offices.
- October 2021: OEJ will release a national announcement
- Oct – Nov 2021: Virtual EJ Grantee Workshops

If your organization is not currently registered with, please encourage your office to designate an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) and ask that individual to begin the registration process as soon as possible. Please note that the registration process also requires that your organization have a Unique Entity Identifier (e.g. DUNS number) and a current registration with the System for Award Management (SAM). The process of obtaining both your DUNS number and SAM registration could take a month or more. Applicants must ensure that all registration requirements are met in order to apply for this opportunity through and should ensure that all such requirements have been met well in advance of the submission deadline. Registration on,, and DUNS number assignment is FREE.
- Click on “Applicants” at the top of the page and then go to the “Get Registered” link on the page.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information, please email Jacob Burney (

For ( submission questions, please call the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-518-4726 or visit

If an applicant does not have the technical capability to apply electronically through because of limited or no internet access which prevents them from being able to upload the required application materials to, the applicant must contact or the address listed below in writing (e.g., by hard copy or email) at least 15 calendar days prior to the submission deadline under this announcement to request approval to submit application materials through an alternate method. Queries or requests submitted to the email address for any reason other than to request an alternate submission method will not be acknowledged or answered.

Mailing Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
USEPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton Building
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N. W.
Mail Code: 3903R
Washington, DC 20460

Courier Address:
OGD Waivers
c/o Jessica Durand
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Rm # 51278
Washington, DC 20004

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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