WASHINGTON — Today, Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski highlighted $100 million made available by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for projects that advance environmental resilience in underserved and overburdened communities. Budzinski encourages local organizations to take advantage of this funding opportunity and apply by the April 10th deadline.
“The Inflation Reduction Act set aside $100 million to address longstanding environmental challenges in underserved areas. I want to make sure our communities benefit from this important investment,” said Congresswoman Budzinski. “Today, I’m encouraging all eligible organizations and localities in Central and Southern Illinois to apply for this funding to improve disaster resilience in our region. My team and I are standing at the ready to help folks who may need assistance.”
On January 14th, the U.S. EPA will host a workshop in East St. Louis with Empire 13 and Community Life Line to help local organizations apply for funding. The event will be held at the Community Life Line Resource Center at 1468 State Street from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CDT.
Two additional workshops will be held virtually to help prospective applicants navigate the grant process. Community-based nonprofit organizations can register here for a webinar on January 24th. Local governments can participate in a January 26th webinar by registering here.
The U.S. EPA has published two Requests for Applications for this funding through the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program for non-profits and the Environmental Justice Government-to-Government (EJG2G) Program for localities and tribes.
Eligible projects will include efforts to address climate challenges, disaster resilience and emergency preparedness, as well as projects conducting Health Impact Assessments and those benefiting rural communities.
Interested applicants must submit proposal packages on or before April 10, 2023, to be considered for the available funding. Applicants should plan for projects to begin on October 1, 2023.