Community Change Grants Program

What does this funding get me?

The Community Change Grants Program is part of the EPA’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. This program is focused on community-driven initiatives designed to serve the communities that have been most adversely and disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution and historical disinvestment. It has two tracks.

Track I will award grants of $10-20 million to environmental and climate justice projects that benefit disadvantaged communities through one of the following strategies:

  • Green Infrastructure and Nature-Based Solutions
  • Mobility and Transportation Options for Preventing Air Pollution and Improving Public Health and Climate Resilience
  • Energy-Efficient, Healthy, and Resilient Housing and Buildings
  • Microgrid Installation for Community Energy Resilience
  • Community Resilience Hubs
  • Brownfield Redevelopment for Emissions Reduction and Climate Resilience
  • Waste Reduction and Management to Support a Circular Economy
  • Workforce Development Programs for Occupations that Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollutants

Track II will award grants of $1-3 million to projects designed to create opportunities for meaningful engagement of community-based organizations in government decision-making on issues of environmental and climate justice.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and one of the following: 

  • a Federally recognized Tribe
  • a local government
  • an institution of higher education

Funds must benefit disadvantaged communities, as defined on the EPA IRA Disadvantaged Communities Map.

How can I access the money?

Visit the Community Change Grant home page to find full instructions for applying and learn about opportunities for technical assistance (deadline to apply for assistance is August 16). Additional technical assistance resources are listed here.

What is the timeline?

The deadline for applications is November 21, 2024, but organizations are encouraged to apply early (ideally by August) because awards are being made on a rolling basis and funds may run out. Also, some unsuccessful applications can be resubmitted after consultation with EPA, so allow yourself time for that process. A first step is registering with SAM.gov and grants.gov and EPA recommends doing that asap.

If you are awarded a grant, you must begin work on your project within 120 days and the project must be completed within 3 years.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Where can I get more information?