The U.S. EPA awarded $1.1 million in small environmental justice grants for 2013. Grants were awarded to 39 different non-profit organizations and tribal entities. The funds will support environmental justice projects that help solve health and environmental problems in low-income, tribal, and minority communities that are harmed by pollution.
Objectives of the activities that the grants support include: reduction of exposure to indoor air pollutants that trigger asthma, restoration and protection of waterways, educational initiatives to teach child-care professions to prevent lead poisoning, and initiatives for reduction of pesticide use in childcare facilities.
The EPA defines environmental justices as “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, regardless of race or income, in the environmental decision-making process.” Environmental justice grants help forward these goals.
More information about EPA environmental justice grants is available here.