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. Additional technical assistance resources are listed below.

What is the timeline?

The deadline for applications is November 21, 2024, but organizations are encouraged to apply early because awards will be 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.

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

You may be able to access more funding from the Environmental Justice Grants, Funding and Technical Assistance Page.

Where can I get more information?

  • Community Change Grants Program homepage with instructions for applying, links to more resources, and announcements of upcoming webinars
  • Notice of Funding Opportunity with complete instructions
  • Webinar video explaining Community Change grants (and webinar slides)
  • Community Change Grant readiness assessment tool (click, then click “File” and “Make a copy”)
  • Community Change Grant decision tree tool (click, then click “File” and “Make a copy”)
  • Article on launch of program: “EPA Announces $2B for Local Environmental Justice Projects
  • Request Technical Assistance for Community Change grants
  • Email ccgp@epa.gov 
  • The Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP) can provide pro bono services that match Southern-based 501(c)(3)s and local governments with specialists who offer a wide range of technical assistance including grantwriting, data and research, capacity building and long-term strategic and organizational planning for the Community Change Grant and other funding. Contact Liza@theseap.org or visit theseap.org to get started.
  • Central Pines Regional Council provides support to county governments, local governments, and nonprofits across Moore, Lee, Chatham, Orange, Durham, Wake and Johnston Counties. For this grant, they can advise those with strategic planning questions, provide grant-writing support, and connect potential partners for an application. Contact Langston Alexander at lalexander@centralpinesnc.gov.
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Sally Robertson at info@energyfundsforall.org.