In April 2023, EPA announced 17 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (TCTACs) to receive $177 million to help underserved and overburdened communities across the country. The EJ TCTAC program is part of the administration’s efforts to reach the goals of the Justice40 Initiative and assist communities with environmental justice concerns address generational disinvestment, legacy pollution, infrastructure challenges, and build a clean energy economy.
In addition, in November 2022, EPA also announced the selection of 29 Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for infrastructure projects that improve public health and environmental protection. The EFCs will deliver targeted technical assistance to local governments, states, Tribes, Territories, and non-governmental organizations to protect public health, safeguard the environment, and advance environmental justice. The selected EFCs will also help underserved communities that have historically struggled to access federal funding receive the support they need to access resources for water infrastructure improvements.
Justyn Huckleberry for the Communities First Infrastructure Alliance (CFIA) has created a map depicting the locations of the regional TCTAC and EFC centers, as well as a list of the national TCTACs and EFCs.