EPN Technical Assistance Resources

The Environmental Protection Network (EPN) began its pro bono capacity-building technical assistance program in June of 2021 to help disadvantaged communities, community-serving NGOs, and under-resourced agencies navigate and understand government programs, data, and processes; gain access to partners, allies, and decision-makers; and apply for funding. Our Community Outreach Associates, along with our more than 650 EPA alumni volunteers across the country, work on community-identified issues including petrochemicals, air quality, safe drinking water, brownfields redevelopment, Superfund cleanups, climate resilience, accessing federal funding, and more. For more information, or to request assistance, please contact us at info@environmentalprotectionnetwork.org.

Specifically, here are some of the resources we provide:

  1. Funding Opportunity Guides and Updates: We provide application guides with templates, samples, FAQs, checklists, partner surveys, etc., that we post on our website and send to thousands of organizations nationally via our bimonthly(ish) federal funding and opportunities guidance email

  2. Webinars and Convenings: We participate in and host convenings and webinars with breakouts for organizations to find partners and ask questions about funding opportunities. 

  3. Office Hours: We provide additional support for even smaller groups with our SAM.gov office hours every 2 weeks on Wednesdays from 2pm-3pm eastern. We also plan to use this model to offer a number of different types of office hours to help organizations work through other documents or forms.

  4. 1:1 Support: Every day we provide one-on-one support to communities on their self-identified needs.