$1.2 million for collaborative community environmental justice solutions

The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding for eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within an affected community. The CPS Program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks.

The CPS Program requires selected applicants, or recipients, to use the Environmental Protection Agency‘s (EPA) Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model (PDF) as part of their projects.

The model aims to address local environmental and/or public health issues in a collaborative manner with various stakeholders such as communities, industry, academic institutions, and others. Case Studies from the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Program (PDF) (29 pp, 3.6M) highlights some of the success and effective strategies of previous projects.

EPA is seeking applicants for a total of $1.2 million in Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving cooperative agreements to be awarded in 2016. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to local community-based organizations seeking to address environmental and public health concerns in their communities through collaboration with other stakeholders, such as state and local governments, industry, academia and non-governmental organizations.

The FY 2016 solicitation is now open and will close on February 12, 2016. One award will be made per region in amounts of up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period.

See EPA announcement.

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