The EPA recently unveiled a new initiative to help communities navigate EPA’s Inflation Reduction Act investments and other new funding opportunities.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently launched the Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative, a groundbreaking effort to help communities navigate EPA’s Inflation Reduction Act investments and other new funding opportunities. Through this new initiative, EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation and Office of Environmental Justice and External Civil Rights will facilitate community-driven partnerships and provide a space for communities to learn, connect, and cultivate ideas on how to access the historic resources, especially in low-income and disadvantaged communities.
As part of the initiative, EPA will host live virtual and in-person events, including panel discussions and fireside chats featuring environmental leaders and their peers, to help community-based organizations, their community partners, and potential grant applicants navigate funding opportunities. These engagements are designed to spark ideas on how to take advantage of programs while taking into account each community’s unique context when confronting the climate crisis and advancing environmental and climate justice. EPA’s new Community, Equity & Resiliency website offers information on multiple funding opportunities and resources to ensure community-driven partnerships can inspire meaningful change in their communities. To learn more about the effort, visit EPA’s new Community, Equity & Resiliency webpage.
National Virtual Open House, November 6-14
On November 6, 2023, EPA will kick off the Community, Equity & Resiliency initiative with a National Virtual Open House that is open to the public. This six-day event will include a series of virtual panels and fireside chats featuring prominent environmental leaders and peers discussing their ideas to overcome environmental pollution and climate change challenges through funding opportunities that are available through the Inflation Reduction Act and other programs. Panel and fireside chat topics will include climate change in rural communities, green jobs, electric vehicle infrastructure, technical assistance and more.
Upcoming Regional Roadshows
Starting this winter, EPA will also host in-person, community-based Regional Roadshow events. These will provide opportunities for community leaders to develop or leverage existing community-based partnerships and dream and cultivate ideas on the Inflation Reduction Act and other new programs. More details on the Regional Roadshow will be available soon.