The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) announced last week plans to fund 34 projects that combat pollution, protect public health, and increase public engagement. The $1.5 million in environmental justice grants will go to some of California’s most pollution-burdened communities.
CalEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld said the grants will “put money where it is needed most, in communities [disproportionately] affected by pollution,” and that the agency’s “goal is to give people a voice in the decisions affecting their environmental future so that they can help develop real-world solutions locally and across the state.”
Funding from CalEPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants Program is available to nonprofit and tribal organizations throughout California. Projects are scored based on pre-established criteria including project need and benefits to disadvantaged and vulnerable communities as identified by CalEnviroScreen or through other methods.