CalEPA Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants

California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)

Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program offers funding opportunities authorized by California Code of Regulations Title 27, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 1 to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants are awarded on a competitive basis.

“Environmental justice” is defined in Government Code section 65040.12 as “the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.”

  • Maximum Available Per Project. The maximum amount of a grant provided is $50,000.
  • Grant Term. 12 months.
Projects will be prioritized by those addressing the most significant exposure(s) to pollution, including projects that address one or more of the following goals:

  • Improving Access to Safe and Clean Water.
  • Addressing Climate Change Impacts Through Community Led Solutions.
  • Reducing the Potential for Exposure to Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals.
  • Promoting Community Capacity Building — Improving Communities’ and Tribes’ Understanding of the Technical and Procedural Aspects of Environmental Decision-Making.
  • Promoting the Development Of Community-Based Research That Protects and Enhances Public Health and the Environment.
  • Addressing Cumulative Impacts Through Collaboration Between Community-Based Organizations and Local Government.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Eligible applicants are limited to non-profit entities or federally recognized Tribal governments.
    • A “non-profit entity” is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that meets all of the following criteria:
      • Operates primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or other similar purposes in the public interest.
      • Not organized primarily for profit.
      • Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand, or any combination thereof, its operations.
      • Is a tax-exempt organization under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), or is able to provide evidence that the State of California recognizes the organizations as a non-profit entity.


  • Individuals and organizations that are tax exempt under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) are not eligible to apply for this funding.