Colorado Environmental Justice Grants Program: Community Solutions to Improve Environmental Health
The EJ Grant Program was created by the Environmental Justice Act. It funds projects in Colorado communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change.
Only projects in disproportionately impacted communities are eligible for grant funding. You can use Colorado EnviroScreen to determine whether you live in a disproportionately impacted community.
Eligible applicants include:
- Non-profit organizations
- Local governments
- Federally-recognized Tribal governments
- Other educational institutions
- For-profit corporations
- Grassroots organizations
The EJ Grant Program can fund projects that measure, prevent, or reduce pollution to improve public health and the environment.
Projects can focus on any environmental topics:
- Air quality
- Water quantity and quality
- Land use
- Built environment
- Natural assets
- Soil quality
- Historical industrial contamination
Grants can also fund projects that help community members participate when CDPHE makes new rules about protecting the environment.
A maximum of $1,000,000 in total funding will be available. The funding period for projects is July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 (1 year). Awards will range from $50,000-250,000. CDPHE may fund up to 8-10 organizations during this initial grant cycle. The maximum amount for an individual grant award will be $250,000.
You can apply for the grant in English or Spanish. Application materials are available in both languages. Click here to access the Request for Application (RFA) materials.
The Environmental Justice Grants Specialist will review and process all grant applications. Then the Environmental Justice Advisory Board will review and score the applications.
We are hosting a series of informational webinars in English and Spanish about the grant. All webinars will be recorded and posted on this page. Here are important dates for this grant program:
- October 28, 2022 - Initial informational webinar (access materials here)
- November 21, 2022 - RFA launch and application period open
- Register for bilingual virtual informational webinars about the grant. There will be time for questions and answers. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.
- December 8,2022 - 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
- December 9, 2022 - 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- December 16, 2022 - Virtual office hours for technical assistance with grant applications
- January 23, 2023 - Deadline to submit questions and request technical assistance
- February 3, 2023 - Grant application deadline
- July 1, 2023 - Grant projects funded and work begins
For questions, contact the EJ Grants Specialist, Gabriella Boehm, at email@example.com. For specific questions regarding the RFA please include the following:
- RFA Number (#41100)
- RFA Title (Colorado Environmental Justice Grant Program)
- The document, section number, and page number the question applies to
All questions asked during the webinars and submitted by email will be answered in our public Q&A/FAQ document.
Request for Application (RFA) changes made after the RFA was released on November 21, 2022:
- Attachment B: Sample Budget Template - CDPHE edited this document on November 28, 2022. CDPHE corrected an error in listing methods for calculating indirect costs. CDPHE’s Office of Legal and Regulatory Compliance has advised the removal of one of the methods for calculating indirect costs. This leaves two options for calculating indirect costs in the sample budget template. To make this change, Row 181 on the “Instructions” tab of the budget document no longer contains the phrase “In the event that your organization has a tiered indirect rate, you may also include (3) tiered indirect costs on the third Indirect Cost line.” Additionally, CDPHE removed the previous row 51 on the “Blank Budget” and “Sample Budget” tabs. These rows contained the following language: “Indirect (modified or additional base).
Technical Assistance Organizations
Many organizations offer free resources to help communities with environmental justice concerns. For example, they may provide technical assistance on grant applications.
- Anthropocene Alliance
- Environmental Protection Network
- Justice40 Accelerator & Featured Funding Opportunities
- Thriving Earth Exchange