State Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreement Program (Sejca)

“Given the tremendous impact COVID-19 has had across the country, we have identified additional resources to help overburdened communities,” said Andrew Wheeler, EPA Administrator. “This funding will bring short-term environmental health benefits to those who need it most and create a better future by training the next generation of environmental leaders.” The EPA works to improve the environment and public health conditions of income and minority communities by making daily efforts to ensure that all Americans have clean air, clean water and access to information to make decisions to protect personal and public health. As part of these efforts, the EPA has reopened the Environmental Justice Cooperation Agreements (SEJCA) program and expanded its availability to states, local governments, tribes and territories. SPECIAL REFLEXES: For this contest, the EPO will pay particular attention to applications focused on the priority of the programme: public education, training, emergency planning and/or studies on the impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities and vulnerable populations – the aim of this particular reflection is to address the effects of the current COVID 19 pandemic on urban and rural populations in the environment. Applicants may use funds to develop plans and/or programs specifically to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on environmental law communities. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative plans and procedures to enable effective contact with underserved communities, especially when Internet access is not available to all residents, amid social distancing and local residency orders. To qualify for this particular consideration, applications must take into account the impact of COVID-19 through eligible activities (see Section I). Public education, planning and training under COVID-19 may (but are not limited to) 1) the exchange of information on disinfectants authorized by the EPA to combat COVID-19 (N list: disinfectants used against SARS) 2) combating increased exposure of malnourished residents to domestic pollutants and healthy housing problems, unintentional consequence of local home stays, and 3) training health professionals in the community as educators and health facilities. The objectives of the SEJCA program are (1) to achieve measurable and meaningful results in the area of the environment and/or public health in communities; (2) strong and robust results-based partnerships, particularly with community organizations located in disproportionately affected areas; (3) pilot activities in some communities that establish models that can be extended or replicated in other geographic areas; (4) strengthen links with EE`s regional activities and priorities and (5) strengthen the development and implementation of specific approaches to achieving environmental justice.