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12/22/2015 4:30 PM


CalEPA EJ Small Grant Pre-Application Assistance Calls in January 2016

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants are available to help eligible non-profit community groups/organizations and federally recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.  Applications accepted through January 22, 2016.

A minimum $1 million in grant funds is available for the 2016 grant cycle. The maximum amount of a grant provided is $50,000. The grant term will be 12 months.

Applicants are invited to participate in conference calls with CalEPA to address questions about the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program and the 2016 Grant Cycle solicitation. CalEPA staff will respond to questions from individual applicants regarding threshold eligibility criteria, administrative issues related to the submission of the proposal, and requests for clarification.

Interested persons may access the pre-application assistance calls by dialing toll free 1-888-324-4311. The following are the conference call dates, times, and passcodes.  The same information will be provided during each call.


Time (Pacific Standard)

Participant Passcode:

Thursday, January 7, 2015

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, January 14, 2015

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


CalEPA staff will not meet with individual applicants to discuss draft proposals, provide informal comments on draft proposals, or provide advice to applicants on how to respond to ranking criteria.


Eligible applicants are limited to non-profit entities or federally recognized Tribal governments. A "non-profit entity" is defined as any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that meets all of the following criteria:

  1. Operates primarily for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or other similar purposes in the public interest.
  2. Not organized primarily for profit.
  3. Uses its net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand, or any combination thereof, its operations.
  4. Is a tax-exempt organization under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501 (c)(3), or is able to provide evidence that the State of California recognizes the organizations as a non-profit entity.

Individuals and organizations that are tax exempt under federal Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(4) are not eligible to apply for this funding.

For more information or to download an application, please visit our website at

Questions regarding this email may be directed to Malinda Dumisani, EJ Grant Program Manager, at or (916) 445-9480.

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