EPA picks 11 ‘grantmakers’ to dole out $600M for environmental justice projects

Dive Brief:
The Biden administration on Wednesday announced the selection of 11 “grantmakers” that will help distribute $600 million in grants for local environmental justice projects.

The grantmakers are community-based nonprofits, some of which have partnered with a federally recognized tribal government or institution of higher education. They will design competitive application and submission processes, award subgrants, implement a tracking and reporting system and provide support to their communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency says that by selecting grantmakers as pass-through entities for the grants, it is reducing barriers to receiving federal grant funding and improving the efficiency of the award process. Subgrants are expected to be available by summer 2024.

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