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Quality of Life & ECJ Programs

This page describes the IRA/BIL programs that we have drilled into that are related to quality of life actions - reducing air and water pollution and other things that make our communities more livable - and supporting organizations that are addressing Environmental  & Climate Justice issues in our communities.

For an up-to-date list of All currently open programs, go to the CleanEnergy.gov page Open Opportunities.

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Emerging Contaminants/PFAS Program

The Emerging Contaminants/PFAS initiative's primary purpose is to address contaminants in drinking water with a focus on perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) is administered by the EPA, which then awards capitalization grants to each state based upon the results of the most recent Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment. The state provides a 20 percent match.

States rank the project applications they receive from water systems [municipalities] and produce a Project Priority List.

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Environmental & Climate Justice Program

The Environmental and Climate Justice Program (ECJ Program) provides funding for financial and technical assistance to carry out environmental and climate justice activities to benefit underserved and overburdened communities.

Eligible entities include community-based nonprofit organizations.

Eligible activities include: community-led air and other pollution monitoring, prevention, and remediation, and investments in low-and zero emission and resilient technologies and related infrastructure and workforce development that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants; mitigating climate and health risks from urban heat islands, extreme heat, wood heater emissions, and wildfire events; climate resiliency and adaptationreducing indoor toxics and indoor air pollution; or facilitating engagement of disadvantaged communities in State and Federal advisory groups, workshops, rulemakings, and other public processes. 

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Lead Service Line Replacement Program

The Lead Service Line Replacement Program is also part of the DWSRF process within the EPA.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) is administered by the EPA, which then awards capitalization grants to each state based upon the results of the most recent Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment. The state provides a 20 percent match. States rank the project applications they receive from water systems [municipalities] and produce a Project Priority List.

Funding can be used for: improving drinking water treatmentfixing leaky or old pipes (water distribution); improving source of water supply; replacing or constructing finished water storage tanks; other infrastructure projects needed to protect public health.

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Neighborhood Access and Equity Grant Program (NAE)

The purpose of this program is to address the problems created by the location of highways or rail transit through neighborhoods that have caused either fragmentation of the community or that caused noise, air pollution, and other negative impacts on the neighborhood.. 

The goal of this program is to correct the negative impacts that have been caused by surface transportation facilities (highways and rail lines) while improving walkability, safety, and affordable transportation access in areas in which transportation facilities have created barriers to community connectivity or negative impacts on the human or natural environment.

Learn more with these resources

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