Funding for California Native American Tribes
Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER)
The Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program (SAFER) is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure that the estimated one million Californians who lack safe drinking water receive it as quickly as possible and that their water is affordable. The SAFER program also aims to supports the state’s drinking water systems with developing sustainable operations, a critical element for achieving the goals of safe, accessible, and affordable water for all Californians.
Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs)
Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) are environmentally beneficial projects that are included as part of a settlement for environmental violations. Violators can voluntarily agree to undertake such projects in lieu of (up to 50%) of the penalty that they are required to pay for the violations.
If you have a project that you would like the State to consider for listing as a SEP, please submit your SEP proposal here.
CalEPA Small EJ Small Grants Program
CalEPA Small Environmental Justice Small Grants Program offers up to $50,000 per application to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally recognized Tribal governments with addressing environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazard.
Grant applicants are asked to demonstrate in their applications how their projects will address one or more of the following EJ Small Grant Program goals in communities that are disproportionately affected by environmental pollution or are especially sensitive to environmental pollution due to socioeconomic factors:
- Distribution of information to help resolve environmental problems;
- Identification of improvements in communication and coordination between stakeholders and CalEPA, and its Boards, Departments, and Office (BDOs), in order to address the most significant exposure(s) to pollution;
- Improvement of community or tribal government understanding about environmental issues that affect its community or tribal government;
- Promotion of community or tribal government involvement in the decision-making process that affects the environment of the community/tribal government; and
- Enhancement of community/tribal government understanding of environmental information systems and environmental information.
For additional information, including contact information visit the CalEPA Small EJ grants page. Approximately $1 million in grants are available.
Below are select project summaries of California Tribes and Tribal organizations who previously received funding from the CalEPA Small EJ Grants:
For more information on previously awarded projects please visit: Previously Awarded Environmental Justice Small Grants 2005-2020 Summaries