$2M EJ4Climate Grant Program Calls for New Project Proposals


The CEC Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience Grants Program provides funding directly to community-based organizations to help develop local solutions.

MONTREAL, September 20, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America just announced that the $2 million The Environmental Justice for Climate (EJ4Climate) grant program is now open for applications. This EJ4Climate grant cycle will focus on projects in Canada, Mexicoand United States that integrate community-led environmental education in support of environmental justice and community resilience to climate-related impacts, with up to C$200,000 in the grants available to recipients.

The EJ4Climate grant program was initiated by the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Michael S. Regan in 2021, with the aim of funding projects that support underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, on the front lines of climate change. Last year’s program saw the selection of 15 grant recipients from 375 proposals received from all three countries.

“As the impacts of the climate crisis worsen, it is critical that we ensure the protection of our most vulnerable populations and develop sustainable, community-driven solutions,” said the EPA administrator. . Michael S. Regan. “I am very proud to join our CEC partners as we launch the second cycle of the EJ4Climate grants program and support projects that promote climate resilience and advance environmental justice through North America.”

The EJ4Climate grant program welcomes projects that, for example, address extreme weather impacts, support the transition to clean energy and/or transportation systems, carry out conservation or restoration work, or use traditional ecological knowledge. to deal with the impacts of climate change. Eligible applicants range from non-profit and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups, environmental groups and community associations to faith-based organizations, tribal nations and indigenous peoples and communities.

In keeping with the theme of this grant cycle, priority will be given to projects from community-based organizations that meaningfully integrate formal or informal community-led environmental education approaches into their design and implementation plans. These approaches include, but are not limited to:

  • hands-on activities and place-based learning
  • citizen science initiatives
  • knowledge exchange with elders
  • training and capacity building
  • awareness campaigns
  • involving young people as agents of change

Proposals are due by November 11, 2022with implementation for selected projects from March 2023.

Learn more about the EJ4Climate program, selection criteria and previous grant recipients, and access the online application portal here.

About the CCE

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was created in 1994 by the governments of the Canada, Mexico and United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a side environmental agreement to NAFTA. From 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the environmental cooperation agreement parallel to the new free trade agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, indigenous peoples, young people, non-governmental organizations, academia and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations. For more information: www.cec.org.

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales and the Government of The United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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