EPA and Commission for Environmental Cooperation Announce $2 Million EJ4Climate Grant Program
WASHINGTON — Today, the United States Environmental Protection Agency joined the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America in announcing that the $2 million Environmental Justice for Climate (EJ4Climate) grant program dollars is now open for applications. This EJ4Climate grant cycle will focus on projects in Canada, Mexico, and the United States that integrate community-led environmental education in support of environmental justice and community resilience to climate-related impacts, with up to CA$200,000 in grants available to recipients. .
The EJ4Climate grant program was launched by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan in 2021, with the goal of funding projects that support underserved and vulnerable communities, and indigenous communities, on the front lines of climate change. Last year’s program saw the selection of 15 grant recipients from 375 proposals received from all three countries.
“As the impacts of the climate crisis worsen, it is crucial that we ensure the protection of our most vulnerable populations and that we develop sustainable and community-driven solutions,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “I am very proud to join our partners at CEC as we launch the second round of the EJ4Climate grant program and support projects that promote climate resilience and advance environmental justice in North America. »
The EJ4Climate grant program welcomes projects that, for example, address extreme weather impacts, support the transition to clean energy and/or transportation systems, carry out conservation or restoration work, or use traditional ecological knowledge. to deal with the impacts of climate change. Eligible applicants range from non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, environmental groups and community associations to faith-based organizations, tribal nations and indigenous peoples and communities.
In keeping with the theme of this grant cycle, priority will be given to projects from community-based organizations that meaningfully integrate formal or informal community-led environmental education approaches into their design and implementation plans. These approaches include, but are not limited to:
- hands-on activities and place-based learning
- citizen science initiatives
- knowledge exchange with elders
- training and capacity building
- awareness campaigns
- involving young people as agents of change
Proposals must be submitted by November 11, 2022, with implementation of selected projects to begin in March 2023.
About the CCE
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was created in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. Since 2020, the CEC has been recognized and maintained by the Agreement for Environmental Cooperation, alongside the new North American Free Trade Agreement. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, indigenous peoples, youth, non-governmental organizations, academia and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect the common environment of the North America while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of the present and the future. generations
The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United Mexican States through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.