EJ4Climate: Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience

What is EJ4Climate?

A grant program that supports underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to prepare for climate-related impacts.

Project List


  • Proposals due » 21 November 2021 5:00 PM ET
  • Evaluation of grant applications » November 2021 - January 2022
  • Official grants announcement » 7 February 2022
  • Project implementation begins » February 2022
  • Projects maximum end dates » February 2024

Help Your Community Enhance Climate Resilience

EJ4Climate seeks to foster climate resilience by improving the capacity of communities to prepare for, withstand, respond to, and recover from hazardous events or disturbances related to climate change, which poses risks to human health, the environment, cultural resources, the economy, and quality of life.


  • “…Environmental justice broadly covers fair and inclusive engagements of all in the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental legislation. It, herefore, refers directly to access to environment-related goods, such as clean water and energy or safe urban areas, or to protection from negative environmental pressures, like air and water pollution or deforestation (distributional justice). It also translates into equal access to the decision-making process of environmental policies (procedural justice). Finally, it has been argued that environmental justice should also achieve a healthy environment for all (substantive justice).”1
  • In Mexico, the concept of environmental equity (equidad ambiental) is embedded in the law.2


1 OECD, “Session 7 Environmental justice and empowering women and youth,” p. 2, 2020 Global Forum on Environment (internal citations omitted).
2 General Law for Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection (LGEEPA), Article 21 paragraph IV

  • This program is targeted to underserved and vulnerable communities, including Indigenous communities, low-income communities, and communities with heightened risk and increased sensitivity to climate change and that have less capacity and fewer resources to cope with, adapt to, or recover from climate impacts. The degree of risk and sensitivity stems from physical (built and environmental), social, political, and/or economic factors, which interact with each other and are exacerbated by climate impacts. These factors include, but are not limited to, race, class, sexual orientation and identification, national origin, and income inequality.3


3 See US Executive Order 13985

What We’re Looking For

The EJ4Climate grant program is calling for projects that advance:

Community resilience

Support community resilience to climate change and climate-related impacts

Equitable benefits

Yield tangible, equitable benefits for local communities by addressing or adapting to climate change impacts

Local knowledge

Consider local knowledge and transform that knowledge into an innovative action or solution


Build partnerships that respond to community-identified challenges

Helpful Downloads

2021 Call for Proposals

Declaration of Acceptance of Impartiality and Independence

Detailed Work Plan

Budget Template


If you have questions, please contact:

Grant Programs Coordinator
(514) 350-4346