Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program

What does this funding get me?

The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program is grant is part of the EPA’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. It selected multiple grantmakers around the nation to reduce barriers and increase the efficiency of the awards process for federal environmental justice grants. 

Approximately $600 million will be granted to the 11 successful applicants listed here, including $100 million to Research Triangle Institute (RTI), which will make grants to entities in EPA regions 4-7, including North and South Carolina. 

RTI is expected to make subgrants for EJ projects beginning in Summer 2024. Working together with its partners (International City/County Management Association, National Center for Healthy Housing, and Southern Environmental Law Center), RTI will use a participatory governance model in which eligible subrecipients will serve as application reviewers in grant cycles other than those in which they are applying.

The 11 grantmakers will design competitive application and submission processes, award environmental justice subgrants, implement a tracking and reporting system, and provide resources and support to communities, all in collaboration with EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights. 

Am I eligible?

Entities eligible to receive subgrants from RTI include community-based nonprofit organizations and others to be announced. Eligible projects include assessment, planning, and project development activities on projects including (but not limited to) small local cleanups, local emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency programs, environmental workforce development programs for local jobs reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fenceline air quality and asthma related projects, healthy homes programs, and projects addressing illegal dumping. 

How can I access the money?

More information will be available soon for those interested in applying to RTI for subgrants.

What is the timeline?

RTI will begin making subgrants to community-based EJ projects in Summer 2024. Information will be posted here when available on how organizations can apply for subgrants.

To be notified of announcements and other engagement opportunities, send a blank email to join-epa-ej@lists.epa.gov.

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?

  • Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program homepage
  • Flow of Subawards & Subgrant Funds
  • 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.
  • US EPA contacts: Jacob Burney (Burney.Jacob@epa.gov) or Marisa Valdez (Valdez.Marisa@epa.gov) 202-940-6233.
  • For specific questions on this program or for more assistance, contact Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.