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EPA announces $250 million to states for climate funding

Detroit, Michigan.
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Detroit, Michigan is one of 14 metropolitan areas that qualifies for funding for climate action from the EPA.

The Biden Administration is making $250 million dollars available to states for efforts to cut down on “climate pollution.” States must submit a “notice of intent” by March 31 in order to qualify for funding.

The funding is meant to incentivize clean energy and environmental justice actions. The state can receive up to $3 million dollars. A separate pool of funding is available directly to 14 of the most populated metro areas in the state.

Justin Balik is the state program director for Evergreen Action. He presented at the recent Michigan Climate Solutions Council. He said the state’s MI Healthy Climate Plan is a good framework to consider all the federal funding opportunities.

“We really want to make sure that these programs are deployed in a robust and successful way, so we’re really looking forward to rolling up our sleeves with folks and making sure that these are rolled out successfully,” Balik said.

The EPA will also offer another $4.6 billion dollars later this year to assist with implementing grants and policies.

In order of funding amount, metro areas eligible for funding include: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Saginaw, Muskegon, Jackson, Monroe, Niles, Battle Creek, Bay City, and Midland. See the list with all details here.

To see where all the projects funded by BIL are taking place, check out the BIL map here.

Teresa Homsi is an environmental reporter and Report for America Corp Member based in northern Michigan for WCMU. She is covering rural environmental issues, public health and Michigan commerce. Homsi has a bachelor’s from Central Michigan University in environmental studies, journalism and anthropology. During her undergraduate, she was a beat reporter for CMU’s student newspaper Central Michigan Life and interned for the Huron Daily Tribune. She has also interned for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy in the superfund section. *Report for America is a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms, more info at
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