Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice in Communities
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT)
The purpose of the Pollution Prevention Grant: Environmental Justice in Communities is to provide technical assistance to businesses (e.g., information, training, expert advice) on source reduction, also known as pollution prevention (P2). Grantees must demonstrate that the project will improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities by implementing P2 approaches. P2 approaches can help businesses reduce the use and release of hazardous substances that can harm human health and the environment while also saving money by reducing their resource use, expenditures, waste and liability costs.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Eligible applicants include States, state entities (colleges and universities recognized as instrumentalities of the state), the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the U.S., and federally recognized Tribes and intertribal consortia.
Carbon dioxide and other GHGs are a form of pollution along with other hazardous substances and chemical exposures. Through this grant process, disadvantaged communities and other communities that are affected by all types of pollution will benefit.
Because P2 approaches can decrease harmful chemical exposures and impacts on human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities, EPA views these grants as a component of President Biden's Justice40 initiative, which established a goal for 40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved and overburdened by pollution.
This program's grant funding cycle is every two years.