The Environmental Protection Agency is spending $1.2 million on “environmental justice.”
The agency will award 10 grants to nonprofit organizations and religious groups, according to a grant announcement released earlier this month.
“EPA defines ‘environmental justice’ as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies,” the announcement states. “Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies.”
Grant opportunities are available to “environmental justice networks,” “faith based organizations and those affiliated with religious institutions,” and other nonprofit groups.
The EPA said it would give special consideration to grant proposals from rural areas.