New Resource to Help Organizations and Municipalities in New Jersey and New York Access Federal Funding for Environmental Justice Initiatives

WE ACT for Environmental Justice and Partners Launching Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Technical Assistance Center with Introductory Webinar


October 27, 2023
Contact: Chris Dobens,, 718-679-8542


NEW YORK – Environmental justice organizations and local municipalities will have an opportunity to learn about a new resource designed to help them identify, navigate, and pursue federal funding for environmental justice by attending a webinar on Monday, October 30th at 5:30 PM. This webinar will introduce attendees to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTAC) for EPA Region 2, which includes New Jersey and New York.

Part of a broader EPA program that includes 15 other TCTACs around the country, the NJ/NY TCTAC will provide training, assistance, and capacity building on writing grant proposals, navigating federal systems such as and, and effectively managing grant funding. These centers will also provide guidance on community engagement, meeting facilitation, and translation and interpretation services for limited English-speaking participants. The United States Depart of Energy has partnered with the EPA on this program, which will coordinate with and complement the United States Department of Transportation’s Thriving Communities Initiative.

The NJ/NY TCTAC is hosted by WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) along with partners that include the Clean Energy Group, Columbia Climate School, Environmental Protection Network, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Metropolitan Campus, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity, and the South Ward Environmental Alliance.

“Our TCTAC will provide training and other assistance to build capacity for navigating federal grant application systems, writing strong grant proposals, and effectively managing grant funding,” said Jordana Vanderselt, WE ACT’s Director of Operations for the Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center. “It will also help to build power in environmental justice communities and environmental justice organizations in New Jersey and New York by developing networks and partnerships throughout the region.”

The introductory webinar on Monday, October 30th is free and open to everyone, running from 5:30-7:00 PM. In addition to formally launching this powerful resource for advancing environmental justice, the webinar will discuss the technical assistance resources the TCTAC can provide to organizations or communities, upcoming funding opportunities as well as upcoming environmental justice and federal grant trainings, and our vision for building power across the region. The speakers will include TCTAC Steering Committee Members Peggy Shepard, Co-Founder & Executive Director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Melissa Miles, Executive Director of the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance; Kim Gaddy, Executive Director of the South Ward Environmental Alliance; Al Huang, Environmental Justice Director at the New York University School of Law Institute for Policy Integrity; Michelle Roos, Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Network; Abbe Ramanan, Project Director at the Clean Energy Group; Sheila Foster, Visiting Professor at the Columbia Climate School; and Yogani Govender, Dean of Science and Technology at the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico-Metropolitan Campus.

Those interested in attending the webinar can register here. Additional information about the EPA Region 2 NJ/NY TCTAC is available here. And those interested in requesting technical assistance can do so here.

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WE ACT for Environmental Justice is a Northern Manhattan membership-based organization whose mission is to build healthy communities by ensuring that people of color and/or low-income residents participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. WE ACT has offices in New York and Washington, D.C. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook, Twitter/X, and Instagram.

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