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Funding Opportunity: EPA State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA)/COVID-19 Projects
The EPA State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA)/COVID-19 Projects announces the availability of $1 million in funding. This cooperative agreement program supports and/or creates model state activities that lead to measurable environmental or public health results in communities disproportionately burdened by environmental harms and risks. These models should leverage or utilize existing resources or assets of state agencies to develop key tools and processes that integrate environmental justice considerations into state governments and government programs. Eligible entities include state governments, local governments, and tribal governments.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is working to improve the environment and public health conditions of low-income and minority communities. EPA also continues to make effective responses to COVID-19 issues a top priority. As part of these efforts, this notice announces EPA re-opening the State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (SEJCA) and the availability of funds for US States, Territories, Tribal Governments, and local governments to propose projects focusing on COVID-19 and other areas as identified in Section I. 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. Applicants will be expected to work with underserved communities and their representative organizations to achieve meaningful and measurable results during the funding period. The needs and perspectives of community residents in underserved communities should be a driving factor in the work performed by applicants. To support the nation-wide effort against the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) pandemic, EPA, as further described herein, will give special consideration to applications proposing actions to address the impacts of COVID-19 on communities with environmental justice concerns.
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS: For this competition, EPA will give special consideration to applications that focus on the following program priority: • Public Education, Training, Emergency Planning, and/or Investigations on Impacts of COVID-19 on Underserved Communities and Vulnerable Populations – The purpose of this special consideration is to address the impacts that the current COVID-19 pandemic has on environmental justice urban and rural populations. Applicants may use funding to develop plans and/or programs that specifically work to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on environmental justice communities. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative plans and processes to conduct effective outreach to underserved communities in the midst of social-distancing and local stay-at-home orders, especially in places where internet access may not be readily available to all residents. To qualify for this special consideration, applications must address the impacts of COVID-19 through eligible activities (see Section I.) Public education, planning, and training activities related to COVID-19 may include (but are not limited to) 1) sharing information related to EPAapproved disinfectants to combat COVID-19 (List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARSCoV-2), 2) addressing underserved residents’ increased exposure to in-home pollutants and healthy housing issues as an unintended consequence of local stay-at-home orders, and 3) training of community health workers as community educators for environmental justice communities.