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Advancing environmental justice: APHA’s National Environmental Health Partnership Council opens applications for technical assistance grants

Date: Dec 07 2020

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To help counter environmental injustices in our country, the National Environmental Health Partnership Council, which is convened by APHA, today announced a grant and technical assistance program to help community-based organizations work to advance environmental justice.

The Advancing Environmental Justice through Technical Assistance Mini Grants program will award three $10,000 mini-grants to community organizations. The program is being funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through its National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

“To advance health equity, it is critical that we support those most impacted by environmental injustices by centering community priorities in this work,” said APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD. “We heartily embrace this collaborative approach and look forward to having many diverse organizations participate and apply for the funding.”

Eligible organizations must be 501c3 nonprofits with a demonstrated ability to work with community members to advance environmental justice.  Organizations should be reflective of the communities disproportionately affected by the environmental injustice addressed. Applications must be submitted by January 8, 2021.

APHA highly encourages organizations led by people of color and/or people who are: LGBTQ, poor or working class, living with disabilities, young, elderly, or undocumented immigrants who speak English as a second language to apply. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit

The National Environmental Health Partnership Council is comprised of executive level members from more than 20 organizations and works to promote and support priority environmental health projects. The Council’s prior environmental justice work includes the webinar “Achieving Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: The Way Forward” to discuss environmental justice, racism and resources available to communities, practitioners and the public.

Technical assistance for winning communities will be provided by NEHPC member organizations and will vary depending on the goals and needs of the organizations. Funding cannot be used for any federal, state or local lobbying activities.


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