HHS is dedicated to working with our private and public partners to provide an environment where all people enjoy the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards and equal access to the decision-making process to maintain a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.
- HHS recognizes that people of color, disadvantaged, vulnerable, low-income, marginalized, and indigenous peoples, are disproportionately burdened by environmental hazards.
- These populations and communities are exposed to environmental threats that drive health disparities, are underserved, and are often surrounded by social inequities.
- The combination of environmental risks and social inequities create a cumulative, disproportionate impact that hinders optimal health and environmental justice for these populations.
HHS Announces Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge
The Environmental Justice Community Innovator Challenge aims to engage local problem solvers on community level solutions that advance environmental justice and health equity. This effort is part of HHS’ broader work to support disadvantaged communities and Tribes facing the brunt of environmental injustices, including health harms due to climate change.
The Challenge has two phases with a total of $1,000,000 to be awarded. All eligible entries will be evaluated, and separate awards will be given for each phase. Participants will have access to a technical assistance opportunity in each phase of the Challenge.
- Phase 1 will focus on design of concept or development of approach. Entries for Phase 1 will be accepted from September 18, 2023 until January 30, 2024. Up to 12 submissions may be selected to each receive a prize of up to $25,000.
- Phase 2 will focus on small-scale testing or implementation. Up to 10 submissions may be selected to each receive a minimum prize of $70,000.
Phase 1 of the Challenge is now open! The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. ET. To view an overview of the Challenge, include the judging criteria, rules, and entry submission requirements, click the button below.