How Frontline Communities Can Take Advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act to Advance Local Priorities
The article discusses the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which is the largest climate investment in U.S. history, projected to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030. The IRA allocates over $369 billion for clean energy projects, environmental justice initiatives, and decarbonizing transportation and energy sectors. Importantly, the IRA includes a J40 provision directing 40 percent of benefits and investments to Disadvantaged Communities (DACs). The article provides insights for community-based organizations (CBOs) on how to leverage the IRA, emphasizing two key approaches: engaging with local and state governments in designing and implementing IRA programs and applying for funding directly or partnering with eligible entities. It highlights specific IRA programs, such as the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, which offer opportunities for DACs to address climate equity priorities, reduce emissions, and expand access to clean energy. The article underscores the need for collaboration between governments, CBOs, and environmental justice partners to maximize the IRA's benefits for underserved communities.