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Equity Checklist

2015

This one-page Equity Checklist was designed for planners and funders to ensure the leadership of disadvantaged communities in projects that impact them. This checklist was designed to serve as a purposefully simple framework to a) identify vulnerable populations, b) think through the equity implications of their work, and c) promote respectful collaborations with community groups. Funders can use the checklist as criteria for their grant giving, and agencies can use it as a helpful guide to plan projects.

Related Organizations: Rooted in Resilience, Communities for a Better Environment, Bay Localize

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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HHS Community Services Block Grant

October 27, 1998

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides formula grants to reduce poverty in low-income communities, help poor families receive necessary services, and put low-income individuals and families on a path toward self-sufficiency (CFDA Program Number 93. 569). The CSBG is a $715 million program funds more than 1,000 local anti-poverty organizations around the country annually, which provide services to more than 16 million people in 3,000 counties.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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HHS Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

August 1, 1999

The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides formula grants to states to help low-income households pay for their home energy needs, including weatherization and energy efficiency (CFDA Program Number 93. 568). It especially focuses on assisting households where a high percentage of income is spent on energy costs. The program has helped insulate the homes of millions of families using low-cost techniques that have large payoffs, saving money for those families and curtailing U.

Related Organizations: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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NeighborWorks America Grant Program

October 31, 1978

As a congressionally chartered, nonpartisan nonprofit, NeighborWorks America promotes reinvestment by financially supporting more than 245 place-based organizations and providing technical assistance and training for community-based revitalization efforts. In fiscal year 2016, NeighborWorks network members reported more than $7 billion of investment in their communities. They also calculated that every $1 of federal appropriation attracted another $91 that expanded the local impact.

Related Organizations: Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NeighborWorks America)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Parks - Great Urban Parks Campaign

June 20, 2018

Through the Great Urban Parks Campaign, in 2018 the National Recreation and Park Association has provided grant funding totaling $2,000,000 to 10-12 communities in the U.S. to support green stormwater infrastructure projects in parks. The intention of the program is to improve environmental and social conditions in underserved communities through promoting and advancing green infrastructure stormwater management projects within parks. 

Related Organizations: National Recreation and Park Association

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Maryland Resiliency Hub Grant Program

November 1, 2018

The Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has created a $5 million Resiliency Hub Grant Program (for FY 2019) to provide funding for the construction of community resiliency hubs with solar power and battery storage. The program provides funding to microgrid developers to offset some of the costs to build a resiliency hub in high-density, low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in Maryland. The program defines “resiliency hubs” as community facilities “designed to provide emergency heating and cooling capability; refrigeration of temperature sensitive medications and milk from nursing mothers; plug power for charging of cell phone and computer batteries; as well as emergency lighting.

Resource Category: Funding

 

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EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Grant Program

December 2017

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations to develop and implement solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. Cooperative agreements will be awarded to collaborative projects that partner with local stakeholder groups such as local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Funding

 

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King County, Washington Ordinance 16948 and Equity Impact Review Process

October 11, 2010

Ordinance 16948, commonly referred to as King County’s Equity and Social Justice Ordinance, establishes definitions and directs implementation steps related to the “fair and just” principle of the adopted 2010-2014 countywide strategic plan. These steps include: applying “equity and social justice foundational practices” to county actions, plans, systems, and budgets; establishing an interbranch team to facilitate accountability and coordination; and releasing an annual equity report.

Related Organizations: King County, Washington

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Executive Order 12898: Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations

February 11, 1994

On February 11, 1994, President Clinton signed E.O. 12898 which directs federal agencies to make achieving environmental justice part of its mission by identifying and addressing disproportionately high and adverse human health, environmental, economic and social effects of its activities on minority and low-income populations.  Agencies are further directed to identify potential effects and mitigation measures in consultation with affected communities.

Related Organizations: Federal Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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California Coastal Commission Environmental Justice Policy

March 8, 2019

Established in 1972, the California Coastal Commission has a mandate “to protect and enhance California’s coast and ocean for current and future generations" by regulating development with local government. In 2016, AB 2616 was enacted to amend the state’s Coastal Act, giving the Commission authority to specifically consider environmental justice when making coastal permit decisions. While providing the public and the Commission with guidance on how the agency will implement its authority under AB 2616 - the 2019 environmental justice policy is intended to integrate the principles of environmental justice, equality, and social equity into all aspects of the Commission’s program and operations.

Related Organizations: California Coastal Commission

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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