We are here to help.

The DSCEJ has launched a Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTAC) called CIRC (Community Investment Recovery Center) to provide direct services to community-based organizations (CBOs) and Tribal communities through capacity building, technical assistance, and training.

Our service area includes EPA Regions 4 and 6, spanning 13 states and 73 Tribes.

EPA Regions 4 & 6

Our mission:

​​​​​​​Our mission is to enhance the capabilities of community-based organizations (CBOs) in securing vital grants from the EPA, DOE, and other sources.

We are dedicated to empowering rural, remote, and underserved communities in EPA Regions 4 and 6. 

Our goal:

Our goal is to assist 250 CBOs in applying for $50-100 million in grants over a 5-year period. 

We are committed to strengthening community resilience and environmental justice.

CIRC Roadmap


Pictured above is the group photo taken at our August 2023 Justice40 Convening. Launched in March 2022, we organized 22 Regional Hubs in 10 U.S. states that were managed by leaders of community-based organizations.  22 Regional Hub Leaders received training to help bolster the capacity of community-based organizations to secure funding for environmental justice projects in their communities.

CIRC draws on the capacity building curricula from our Justice40 project and decades of trainings from our Communiversity Model. 

DSCEJ makes CIRC a home for community collaborations.

The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) has been on the front lines advocating for under-resourced communities since 1992 and is the longest-serving environmental justice resource center in the nation.

The organization’s founder, Dr. Beverly Wright, developed the Communiversity Model to flip the script on traditionally uneven partnerships between communities and academic institutions. The model is a community-driven approach to building local capacity. For more than 30 years, the model has braided communities’ wisdom in their identification of needs, opportunities, and solutions with the research, data, and subject matter expertise of universities to powerfully advance environmental justice.  

With decades of proven impact, the Communiversity Model is at the heart of the technical assistance and training approach for DSCEJ’s Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (TCTAC) for EPA regions 4 and 6.

DSCEJ is also drawing on curricula and capacity-building efforts used in its recently completed Activating Justice40 project to meet organizations where they are, with what they need to advance their community priorities. 

Ready to empower your community?

If you are interested in accessing technical assistance services provided by DSCEJ’s CIRC program, please complete the CIRC capacity assessment.

We are currently on an active waitlist for our CIRC program.  If you would like to express interest in joining CIRC when space becomes available, please fill out the capacity assessment form to join our waitlist. You will receive access to timely resources and opportunities while on the waitlist.

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