EPA is re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and announces the availability of funds for US States, Territories, Tribal Governments, and local governments to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas. The SEJCA program provides funding to eligible entities to work collaboratively with underserved communities to understand, promote and integrate approaches to provide meaningful and measurable improvements to public health and/or the environment in those communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations.
For this competition, EPA will give special consideration to applications that focus on public education, training, emergency planning, and/or investigations on impacts of COVID-19 on underserved communities and vulnerable populations.
There is no cost share or match requirement under this funding announcement.
An eligible applicant must be one of the following entities:
- a state, U.S. territory, or commonwealth
- an instrumentality of the state (i.e. government-created organization which performs governmental functions but does not have full power of the state government)
- federally recognized tribal governments
- local governments (as defined by 2 CFR 200.64), which includes cities, towns, municipalities, and counties.
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