Finance centers

EPA selects 29 financial centers to receive grants and provide technical assistance

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced this month the selection of 29 Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for projects. infrastructure and greenhouse gas reductions that improve public health and environmental protection.

CFEs will provide targeted technical assistance to local governments, states, tribes and non-governmental organizations to protect public health, safeguard the environment and advance environmental justice. Through President Joe Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act, selected CFEs will help underserved communities that have historically struggled to access federal funding receive the support they need to access the resources needed to improve services. hydraulic infrastructure.

“The Biden administration is committed to ensuring that all people have access to clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and clean land to live,” said Janet McCabe, deputy administrator from the EPA. “To achieve this goal and protect public health, we must uplift and support underserved and overstretched communities in rural, suburban and urban areas. The new Environmental Funding Centers the EPA is announcing today will help communities in need benefit from federal funding opportunities, including historic investments in water infrastructure through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and investments in greenhouse gas and air pollution projects through the Inflation Reduction Act.

The EPA will provide up to $150 million in grants to CFEs over the next five years, once all legal and administrative requirements are met. Bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides $98 million of total investment through EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and State Water Revolving Fund Drinking Water (DWSRF), with the rest of the funds coming from EPA credits.

Newly selected CFEs will work to strengthen communities through projects focused on clean water, wastewater, stormwater, solid waste, clean air, greenhouse gas reduction and toxic substances. One of their jobs will be to support overstretched and underserved communities. EPA will engage with selected grantees to ensure communities in need receive this critical technical assistance

About the Environmental Funding Centers Grants Program

Many communities facing significant pollution issues and major infrastructure needs have been unable to access federal funding and funding programs to address these concerns. EPA recognizes that existing environmental gains cannot be preserved, nor new advancements made, unless states, tribes, local governments, and nongovernmental organizations have the resources to develop and support environmental projects.

Under the EFC grant program, technical assistance providers will help communities develop and submit project proposals, including state revolving fund (SRF) applications for bipartisan law enforcement funding. infrastructure (BIL) and greenhouse gas reduction projects through the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. CFEs will support underserved communities with technical assistance to identify sustainable infrastructure solutions. These entities will provide state, tribal, and local governments or water systems with technical assistance services to advance equitable health and environmental protection.

The 2022 selected recipients for the Environmental Finance Center grant program are:

Category 1 – CFE of regional multi-environmental media:

  • Low Impact Development Center Inc.
  • Michigan Technological University
  • National Rural Water Association
  • Rural Community Service Society, West Sacramento
  • Syracuse University
  • University Enterprises, Inc. dba Sponsored State Bag
  • University of Maine System
  • University of Maryland
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Urban Sustainability Managers Network
  • Wichita State University

Category 2 – CFE of regional hydraulic infrastructures:

  • Delta Institute
  • Hawaii Community Foundation
  • National Rural Water Association
  • Rural Community Assistance Corporation, West Sacramento covering EPA Region 9
  • Rural Community Assistance Corporation, West Sacramento covering EPA Region 10
  • Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.
  • Syracuse University
  • University of Maine System
  • University of Maryland
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wichita State University
  • WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc.

Category 3 – EFC of national hydraulic infrastructures:

  • Moonshot Missions
  • Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Washington, DC
  • Sand County Foundation
  • American Water Alliance

EPA announced the call for applications in April, and the application submission period ended on July 1, 2022.

Learn more about Environmental Finance Centers.