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Community Change Grants Program

Grants to community-based organizations in historically disadvantaged communities to promote environmental and climate justice.

What does this funding get me?

The Community Change Grants Program is part of the EPA’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program. It will award approximately $2 billion to environmental and climate justice activities that benefit disadvantaged communities through projects that reduce pollution, increase community climate resilience, advance clean energy, and build community capacity to address environmental and climate justice challenges. This program is focused on community-driven initiatives designed to serve the communities that have been most adversely and disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, and historical disinvestment.

Am I eligible?

A partnership between two community-based nonprofit organizations (CBOs) or a partnership between a CBO and one of the following: 

  • a local government
  • an institution of higher education.  

How can I access the money?

Visit the Community Change Grant home page to find full instructions for applying and learn about opportunities for technical assistance.

What is the timeline?

The deadline for applications is November 21, 2024, but organizations are encouraged to apply early because awards will be made on a rolling basis and funds may run out. Also, some unsuccessful applications can be resubmitted after consultation with EPA, so allow yourself time for that process. A first step is registering with and and EPA recommends doing that asap.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

You may be able to access more funding from the Environmental Justice Grants, Funding and Technical Assistance Page

Where can I get more information?