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CEC EJ4Climate Grant Program Awards $2M for Environmental Justice

Montreal, 14 March 2023—The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has announced 14 climate-focused projects that will each receive up to C$200,000 under the CEC’s EJ4Climate (Environmental Justice and Climate Resilience) Grant Program.

Initiated by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the EJ4Climate Grant Program provides funding directly to community-based organizations for projects that target underserved and vulnerable communities, and Indigenous communities, in Canada, Mexico and the United States, to prepare them for climate-related impacts.

“We are proud of this second edition of the EJ4Climate Grant Program. We received very thoughtful and action-oriented applications from across North America and the selection was definitely not easy,” said Violaine Pronovost, Grant Programs Coordinator at the CEC Secretariat. “In line with this year’s theme, priority was given to projects that integrate formal or informal community-led environmental education approaches, such as hands-on activities and place-based learning, community science initiatives, knowledge exchanges with elders, training and capacity building, and more.”

The EJ4Climate selection committee selected the 14 grant recipients from more than 330 proposals. The projects were evaluated on specific criteria, such as the degree of community involvement and partnerships, implementation planning, and measurable objectives over the course of the project life cycle.

Building on the strong and successful results of the 2021-22 cycle, here are the 2022-23 EJ4Climate recipients:


  • Organization: Isla Urbana
    Project name: One Water: An Indigenous-led Process to Increase Water Resilience for First Nations in Ontario through Rainwater Harvesting
    Location: Ontario (Canada) and Oaxaca-Jalisco (Mexico)
  • Organization: Stqeeye’ Learning Society
    Project name: Snuw uy ulh tuna tumuhw (Teachings of the Land): Reconnecting Youth with Indigenous Land Stewardship Practices and Traditions
    Location: British Columbia
  • Organization: SCBC Stewardship Centre for BC Society
    Project name: From One Sea to Another: Building Community Coastal Resilience in British Columbia and Nova Scotia
    Location: British Columbia and Nova Scotia
  • Organization: International Secretariat for Water
    Project name: Preserving Akwesasne Native Biodiversity for the Future
    Location: Ontario and Québec


  • Organization: Consejo Totonaca de Organizaciones y Comunidades
    Project name: Modelo Totonaco de Aprendizaje Comunitario del Katuxawat (cultivar vida) para la Equidad Ambiental
    Location: Veracruz
  • Organization: Asesoría Social Productiva, A.C.
    Project name: Voces del río: Gestión Comunitaria del Agua para la Resiliencia en el Territorio Nahua-hidalguense
    Location: Hidalgo
  • Organization: Tuumben Kooben, S.C. de R.L. de C.V.
    Project name: Mujeres Mayas Promotoras de Energía Solar
    Location: Quintana Roo
  • Organization: Fundación Ambiental del Valle del Yaqui, A.C.
    Project name: Escuelas para la vida agroecológica: resiliencia de ecosistemas rurales del Valle del Yaqui
    Location: Sonora
  • Organization: Central de Servicios para el Desarrollo de Puebla, A.C.
    Project name: Saneamiento de Aguas Residuales y Reducción de Contaminación por Agroquímicos e Inundaciones Mediante Soluciones Naturales, Comunitarias y Educativas
    Location: Puebla

United States

  • OrganizationBorderlands Restoration Network
    Project name: Building Multinational Climate Resilience through Cross-Border Shared Learning in Mexico, United States, and Tohono O’odham Nation
    Location: Sonora (Mexico) and Arizona (US)
  • OrganizationMālama Loko Ea Foundation
    Project name: Restoring Ea
    Location: Hawaiʻi
  • OrganizationBig Valley Band of Pomo Indians
    Project name: Collaborative Community Research and Action to Build Climate Change Resiliency on California’s Largest Lake
    Location: California
  • OrganizationOrganización Pro Ambiente Sustentable
    Project name: Resilient Schools Consortium: Transforming Puerto Rico’s Schools into Hubs for Climate Resilience Education and Solutions
    Location: Puerto Rico
  • OrganizationConservation Northwest
    Project name: Supporting Cultural and Climate Resilience for Eastern Washington Tribes through Cultural Burning and Landscape Restoration
    Location: Washington

Learn more about the EJ4Climate grant program, all grant recipients and the work they are doing to address the impacts of climate change by visiting our website.

EJ4Climate Grants

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation announces 14 winning projects from Canada, Mexico and the United States for climate and environmental justice efforts.

About the CEC

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) was established in 1994 by the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States through the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, a parallel environmental agreement to NAFTA. As of 2020, the CEC is recognized and maintained by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement, in parallel with the new Free Trade Agreement of North America. The CEC brings together a wide range of stakeholders, including the general public, Indigenous people, youth, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and the business sector, to seek solutions to protect North America’s shared environment while supporting sustainable development for the benefit of present and future generations

The CEC is governed and funded equally by the Government of Canada through Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Government of the United States of Mexico through the Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, and the Government of the United States of America through the Environmental Protection Agency.

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