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Pollution Prevention (P2)

Grant Programs for Pollution Prevention

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Pollution Prevention Grant Program

This program funds two-year Pollution Prevention (P2) assistance agreements for projects expected to be performed in each EPA region that provide technical assistance and/or training to businesses/facilities to help them adopt source reduction approaches (also know as P2).

If Congress appropriates Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and 2019 funds for this program at levels comparable to FY 2017 funding levels, the EPA may award a total of approximately $9.38 million in federal P2 grant funding for these two-year assistance agreements (approximately $4.69 million in FY 2018 funds and approximately $4.69 million in FY 2019 funds). 

FY 2018 and FY 2019 P2 Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFP). The application period closed Thursday, April 26, 2018.

For the convenience of grant recipients, an Excel version of an example reporting matrix(1 pg, 21 K) is made available here and may be used for the required reporting.

Quick facts for P2 Grants

  • Eligibility:  State governments, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state), federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.
  • Match requirement:  50 percent match; for tribal governments that place P2 grant activities into a performance partnership grant (PPG) the match for the federally-recognized tribe gets reduced to 5 percent. 
  • Review of proposals: Along with other requirements that are noted in the RFP, proposals must address one of the following statutory/regulatory criteria to merit further review. 
    • Provide technical assistance and/or training to businesses/facilities about source reduction techniques to help them adopt and implement source reduction approaches, and to increase the development, adoption, and market penetration of greener products and sustainable manufacturing practices.
    • Identify, develop, document and share P2 best management practices and innovations so this information may inform future technical assistance, and these P2 approaches and outcomes may be replicated by others.
  • Range of awards:  Individual grant awards may potentially be in the range of $40,000-$500,000 for the two-year funding period (between $20,000 - $250,000 incrementally funded per year). However, some EPA regions may have lower award caps.  Please refer to RFP for more information.
  • Average number of grants issued:  40

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Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program (SRA)

EPA is announcing a grant competition to fund two-year Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) agreements that support source reduction approaches (also known as pollution prevention (P2)).  As authorized under the statutory authorities for this grant program, proposals must carry out project activities using one or more of the following methods – surveys, studies, research, investigation, experimentation, education, training and/or demonstrations.

FY 2018 and FY 2019 Source Reduction Assistance Grant Program (SRA) Request for Proposals. The application period closes Thursday, August 23, 11:59 pm (EDT).

Quick facts for SRA grants

  • Eligibility:  The 50 states, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, nonprofit organizations (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.  
  • Match requirement: 5 percent match.
  • Review of Proposals: Along with other requirements that are noted in the RFP, proposals must address one of the following statutory/regulatory criteria to merit further review.
    • Offer practical pollution prevention (P2) tools or approaches to measurably improve the environmental footprints of state agencies, federally-recognized tribes, intertribal consortia, businesses, municipal/local governments and/or local communities while also supporting efficiency to reduce resource use, expenditures, waste and liability costs.
    • Adhere to the statutory authorities for this program by using one or more of these technical assistance methods: a) research, b) investigation, c) experiments, d) education, e) training, f) studies and/or g) demonstration of innovative techniques – to carry out source reduction/P2 activities.
    • Place additional emphasis on documenting and sharing P2 best practices and innovations identified and developed through these grants so that others can replicate these approaches and outcomes. Therefore, in general, grant recipients must document and report on the P2 recommendations where they are provided to a technical assistance beneficiary (e.g., state agencies, federally-recognized tribes, intertribal consortia,  business, facility, municipal/local governments, and/or local communities that received the technical assistance) and, at a later date, report on P2 actions adopted by the technical assistance beneficiary (alternative reporting provisions are available, if technical assistance is broadly provided – see Section VI.C.3.b.).
    • Focus project activities on one or more of the P2 Program’s National Emphasis Areas: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Priorities and Chemical Safety; Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing; and, Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities.
  • Range of awards: Total individual grant awards may potentially be in the range of $20,000 - $260,000 issued over a two-year funding period. However, some EPA regions may have lower award caps.  Please refer to the request for proposal (RFP) for more information.
  • Average number of grants issued over a 2 year funding cycle:  20

Annual Reports of Grant Results

These P2 grant programs produce annual environmental and costs saving results in the following metrics:

  • reductions in hazardous releases and hazardous inputs (pounds);
  • reductions in metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent: MTCO2e;
  • reduced water consumption (gallons) and
  • cost savings associated with reducing hazardous pounds, MTCO2e, and water consumption.

Read more about how to measure pollution prevention.

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