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MI Healthy Climate Justice40 Technical Assistance Program

There are billions of dollars for climate and clean energy projects available to support implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. The federal Justice40 Initiative sets the goal that at least 40 percent of the benefits from these projects must flow to disadvantaged communities and the state of Michigan has committed to meeting or exceeding that goal as a part of the MI Healthy Climate Plan. This is a historic opportunity for bold climate action focused on equity and environmental justice. However, many disadvantaged communities and organizations face significant barriers to applying for this funding.

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Office of Climate and Energy (OCE) and Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate (OEJPA) are launching a program to support Michigan Justice40 communities with funding, technical assistance, and training to successfully apply for and receive the available funding.

MI Healthy Climate Justice40 Technical Assistance Program is a 12-month cohort-based program for community-based organizations serving disadvantaged communities. Participants will be selected through an application process.

Goals

  • Support Justice40 communities – Bring investments into overburdened and underserved communities to reduce pollution, create jobs, and improve public health and quality of life.
  • Advance clean energy and resilience – Connect community-based clean energy and climate projects with funding to make a bigger impact.
  • Build stronger organizations – Build capacity for community-based organizations through technical assistance, funding, and training to increase their power for the long haul.

Offerings

Participants will receive a participation grant/stipend, one-on-one support, training in grant applications and management, and technical assistance in grant writing or other technical needs. Each participant will complete and submit at least one grant application during this program.

The 12-month program will begin summer 2024 and will start accepting applications soon.

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