The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established both the PROTECT Formula and Discretionary Grant Programs. The PROTECT Discretionary Grants Program funds projects on a competitive basis that address the climate crisis by … Read more
Climate and Environmental Justice Block Grants provide $3 billion in competitive, 3-year grants to states, Tribes, and municipalities and community-based nonprofit organizations for financial and technical assistance to address clean air and climate pollution in disadvantaged communities.
Activities that benefit disadvantaged communities to confront and overcome persistent climate pollution challenges, including:
- Community-led air and other pollution monitoring, prevention, and remediation, investments in low- and zero-emission and resilient technologies, and related infrastructure and workforce development that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants
- Mitigating climate and health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, and wildfire events
- Climate resiliency and adaptation, including nature-based solutions
- Reducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution
- Facilitating engagement of disadvantaged communities in state and federal public processes, including facilitating such engagement in advisory groups, workshops, and rulemakings
A community-based nonprofit organization; a partnership of community-based nonprofit organizations; a partnership between a Tribe, a local government, or an institution of higher education and a community-based nonprofit organization.
Approx Annual Funding Amount
$3 billion over 5 years, including $2.8 B for grants and $200 M for technical assistance.
Cost Share Requirements
There is no cost share required.
This is a new funding source created by the Inflation Reduction Act, and EPA has announced two different funding opportunities with these dollars. See the Other Info below for additional details.
This is a new program created by the Inflation Reduction Act; as additional information becomes available we will update this page.
- Recent sub-allocations from the IRA have funded and established two grant programs under the EJ Block Grants program:
- The Environmental Justice Government-to-Government Program, designed to create equitable community engagement models for alleviating environmental issues.
- The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program, designed to help organizations working to address local environmental issues in their communities.
- This program is covered under the Justice40 Initiative.