The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) provide historic levels of federal funding to local communities to improve infrastructure, and to address environmental challenges and environmental justice issues. But applying for federal funding can be daunting. The Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center at the University of South Carolina assists South Carolina communities in navigating the federal grant process. We assist communities that are eligible for federal funding, including community-based organizations and local governments, with planning, applications, and post-award grant reporting. Because environmental justice is a core part of the center's mission, we have a special interest in supporting vulnerable communities and historically underserved communities.
- RTI International to serve as a new Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center
Ideas for Funding
Federal grants are increasingly available directly to local communities, including municipalities and community-based organization. Federal grants support a wide range of activities including planning across multiple sectors: transportation, energy, disaster response, environmental protection. At any given time, there are a wide variety of grants available across multiple federal agencies. This information is generally available at grants.gov and on the individual federal agency websites.