Three factors influence the grant allocations: (1) the length of the beach season, (2) the number of miles of shoreline, and (3) the populations of coastal counties. EPA initially announced the formula for calculating grant allocations in the Federal Register on March 31, 2003 (see 68 FR 15446) and published a supplemental allocation formula on January 11, 2010 (see 75 FR 1373).
EPA has awarded nearly $177 million in grants for the beach monitoring and notification programs since it started awarding grants in 2002. In 2019, EPA anticipates awarding an estimated $9.2 million to eligible grantees. There are currently 30 states, 5 territories, and 4 tribes that are eligible to apply for beach grant funds.
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For a breakdown of how the grants were allocated among states, territories, and tribes and the required performance criteria, see:
Beach grants from Fiscal Year 2001 to 2018 Search EPA Archive
Information Collection Request on Grant Reporting Requirements
Information Collection Request; Reporting Requirements for BEACH Act Grants (Renewal) (December 28, 2015)
- Data Reporting Requirements under Beach Act grants | Fact Sheet (May 2005; revised October 2008)
- Contacts for EPA, state, tribe and territory beach programs
- This report by the EPA’s Office of Inspector General evaluates how EPA grants provided under the BEACH Act assist states, territories and tribes in monitoring the water quality of coastal recreation waters and notifying the public of contamination events.