EPA Solicits Applications for Grants to Provide Businesses with Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance and Training

The Environmental Protection Agency is calling for grant proposals from state and tribal agencies, universities, colleges and other organizations to provide pollution prevention (P2) technical assistance or training to businesses. These two-year projects are expected to be performed in each EPA region.

The solicitation for this grant competition can be found at www.Grants.gov and at www.epa.gov/p2/grant-programs-pollution-prevention (Funding Opportunity Number – EPA-HQ-OPPT-2018-001). Grant applications are due April 26.

If Congress appropriates Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 and 2019 funds for this grant program at levels comparable to FY 2017 funding levels, individual federal government grant awards may potentially be in the range of $40,000-$500,000 for a two-year funding period (between $20,000 – $250,000 per year). However, some EPA regions may have lower award caps. P2 awards will be funded in the form of two-year grants or cooperative agreements. The actual amount or availability of grant funding released each year is dependent on Congressional appropriation, the final EPA budget, and the quality of proposals received. P2 grant recipients (with the exception of tribes) must provide at least a 50 percent match of the total allowable project cost.

Pollution Prevention (P2) means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. In keeping with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, EPA is encouraging P2 because implementing these approaches can result in reductions in pollutants, the use of water, energy and other raw materials, while also lowering business costs. All grant awards will support the delivery of P2 technical assistance and/or training for businesses, and the identification, development, documentation and sharing of P2 best management practices and innovations.

Grant proposals should focus on one or more of the following P2 priority areas, referred to as National Emphasis Areas (NEAs):

  • NEA #1: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Priorities and Chemical Safety: P2 technical assistance and projects that identify, test, implement and/or disseminate business-based P2 solutions for TSCA-regulated chemicals, with particular emphasis on chemicals identified in the TSCA 2014 Workplan for Chemical Assessments.
  • NEA #2: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing:  P2 technical assistance and projects to support more sustainable food and beverage manufacturing and processing entities in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes 311 and 3121 resulting in reduced toxic air emissions or water discharges, water or energy usage, hazardous materials generation and use, and/or business costs.
  • NEA #3: Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities:  P2 technical assistance and projects to support state or community-based approaches to hazardous materials source reduction to reduce the generation and use of hazardous materials from business or industry sectors. This NEA is intended to leverage governmental/business/economic/infrastructure resources within a geographically contiguous area to address local (community) or broader (state) environmental and public health issues using P2 approaches.

Webinar for Potential Applicants

EPA’s national P2 Program will host an informational webinar for potential applicants and interested stakeholders on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 12– 1:30 PM CDT. To register, please go to: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1881359341448649473. Attendees are advised to connect early (11:45 pm to 12 pm EDT) to ensure proper connection and to type in questions. The webinar link works best when using the Google Chrome browser

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