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EPA Community Change Grants

The EPA recently released the new Environmental and Climate Justice Community Change Grants program, allocating $2 billion to benefit disadvantaged communities through projects to reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, and build community response capacity. The program design integrated nationwide community and stakeholder input, and the resulting grants will focus on community-driven and place-based initiatives to advance environmental justice and climate equity.  Applications are being accepted by EPA on a rolling basis through November 21, 2023.

To maximize the impact of this funding for environmental justice and climate equity in Michigan, and to help meet the goals of the MI Healthy Climate Plan, including addressing environmental injustices, the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, in partnership with the Office of Climate and Energy and the Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO), is offering support to interested Community Change Grant applicants.

To receive information about connecting with potential partners and other State of Michigan support updates for this opportunity, respond to the following survey:

Michigan Community Change Grants Interest & Support survey

Eligible projects

Track 1: Community-driven investments (awards of $10-20 million)

  • Climate resiliency and adaptation
  • Mitigating climate and health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, and wildfire events
  • Community-led air and other pollution monitoring, prevention, and remediation
  • Investments in low- and zero-emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructure
  • Workforce development that supports the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants
  • Reducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution

Track 2: Facilitating engagement of disadvantaged communities in public processes (awards of $1-3 million)

  • Support for state and federal advisory groups for environmental and climate justice
  • Participation in workshops
  • Engagement in environmental and related rulemakings
  • Engagement in other public processes

Who can apply?

  • Partnerships of two or more community based non-profit organizations (CBOs)
  • Partnerships between a CBO and one or more of the following:
    • a Federally recognized Tribe
    • a local government
    • an institution of higher education

Resources

Webinar recording: Michigan support

This is a recording of a webinar held on January 10, 2024 on Michigan support for Community Change Grants

USEPA Notice of Funding Opportunity

EPA is accepting applications on a rolling basis for $2 billion in Inflation Reduction Act funding available.

Check out available technical assistance from:

5 Lakes Energy

Grant writing, project development, and application assistance.

Contact: Andy Draheim, ADraheim@5LakesEnergy.com; or Kate Madigan, Kate@KateMadigan.com

Blacks in Green Midwest Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TC-TAC)

Grant seeking & writing, community engagement assistance, capacity building, project implementation, Sustainable Square Mile replication.

Contact: Shauna Tucker, Shauna.Tucker@BlacksInGreen.org or Hello@BlacksInGreen.org

Michigan Infrastructure Office Technical Assistance Center

Grant writing assistance for up to three Community Change Grant coalitions. 

Contact: Kristin Brady, BradyK4@Michigan.gov

University of Minnesota Midwest TC-TAC

Grant registration, project development, engineering/technical support, outreach and engagement assistance, and post-award assistance.  

Contact: tctac@umn.edu or via TC-TAC request form

Community Change Technical Assistance

Grant application, project development, and outreach and engagement assistance.

Contact: EJ_TechAssist@epa.gov or 1-800-540-8123

Need more help?

Contact us to request help connecting with potential project partners or technical assistance providers in Michigan.

Office of Climate and Energy: EGLE-OCE@Michigan.gov

Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate: EGLE-EnvironmentalJustice@Michigan.gov