The EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues, including through funding green infrastructure projects and projects that address local water pollution. Since its inception in 1994, this program has awarded over $37 million in funding to community-based organizations, Tribal governments, and communities facing environmental justice issues.

Eligible Uses

Projects that address long standing environmental injustices are eligible, including:

  • Air quality and asthma
  • Water quality and sampling
  • Food access to reduce vehicle travel and fuel emissions
  • Stormwater and green infrastructure
  • Lead contamination
  • Pesticides and other toxic substances
  • Healthy homes
  • Illegal dumping
  • Emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency
  • Environmental job training
  • Youth development through environmental education

Eligible Recipients

Tribal governments, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions are eligible recipients.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The program was funded at $7.4 million in FY21.

Cost Share Requirements

There is no cost-share required.

Application Cycle

Grants typically open in Spring and projects begin in Fall.


  • Jacob Burney, Office of EJ Grants Program Manager Burney, 202-564-2907
  • Danny Gogal, Office of EJ Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Program Manager, 202-564-2576

Other Info

  • This program is covered under the Justice40 Initiative
  • The program funds projects up to $30,000 over a one year period