EPA Launches $550 M Program for Enviro Justice Grants - Treehugger - halbergman - Getty Images

EPA Launches $550 Million Program for Environmental Justice Grants

By Melissa Breyer, Treehugger

Above: halbergman/Getty Images

The new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking program aims to reduce pollution in disadvantaged communities.


In August of 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, creating the largest investment in environmental and climate justice in U.S. history. As part of that, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received $3 billion in appropriations to deliver grants and technical assistance for activities investing in environmental and climate justice.

Now, the Biden-Harris Administration has announced the availability of $550 million from the Inflation Reduction Act for the EPA’s new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking (EJ TCGM) program. The newly created program will fund up to 11 entities to serve as grantmakers to community-based projects that reduce pollution. “Selected grantmakers will develop an efficient, simplified process so that organizations that historically have faced barriers to receiving funding can more seamlessly apply for grants that address environmental harms and risks,” explains the EPA Press Office, adding: “The new program advances the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government commitment to achieving environmental justice by building early, meaningful, and sustained partnerships with communities.”

The EJ TCGM program will work to support the goals of Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which aims to deliver 40% of certain Federal investments to disadvantaged communities that are underserved and overburdened by pollution. The EPA has pledged to honor the goals of the Justice40 Initiative by making sure that money gets to communities that have traditionally been unable to access resources.

RELATED: The History of Environmental Justice in the United States

“Over the last two years I’ve traveled to overburdened and underserved communities and their message to me has been clear—residents have suffered far too long without access to crucial federal funding and resources,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to President Biden’s historic investments in America, including the largest ever investment in environmental justice, we’re removing barriers and moving faster to deliver this unprecedented relief to the communities who need it most.”

Who is able to apply for the Request for Applications (RFA) and serve as an Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaker? They must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A community-based nonprofit organization;
  • A partnership of community-based nonprofit organizations;
  • A partnership between a Tribal Nation and a community-based nonprofit organization; or,
  • A partnership between an institution of higher education and a community-based nonprofit organization.

Each of the selected 11 entities will be granted approximately $50 million, which will be funded incrementally over a three-year period, starting no later than early 2024.


Article by Melissa Breyer With a background in eco-conscious living, food, nature, and design, Melissa Breyer is an expert and author who has been writing about sustainability since 2001. Her work has been featured in publications including The New York Times and National Geographic. She is the co-author of the best-selling, “Build Your Running Body” (The Experiment, 2014), and the award-winning “True Food: Eight Simple Steps to a Healthier You” (National Geographic, 2009)—both in which she focused on planet-friendly nutrition. 

In addition, she has developed hundreds of recipes for publication, is a widely published photographer, has run 10 marathons, and moonlights as a pastry chef. She is also an active advocate for migratory birds.

Melissa Breyer has written for Treehugger since 2012 and has been Treehugger’s editorial director since 2015. She began her digital career as the senior editor for Green Living at Care2 in 2007. Prior to that, she worked in print, writing for magazines and editing books, including Chelsea Green’s “Little Green Guides.”

Energy & Climate, Featured Articles, Impact Investing, Sustainable Business

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Signup to receive GreenMoney's monthly eJournal

Privacy Policy
Copyright © GreenMoney Journal 2023

Website design & development by BrandNature

Global Events Calendar

View All Events


13sepAll Day14Net Zero Conference - LA

17sepAll Day24Climate Week - NYC

19sepAll Day21XYPNLIVE 2023 Conference – Atlanta