Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced program guidance for planning grants under the $5 billion Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program, which is a part of the Inflation Reduction Act.
The two-stage program will encourage states, air agencies, municipalities, and tribes to create and implement comprehensive climate pollution plans that ensure reductions and maximize benefits, especially for low income and disadvantaged communities through the $250 million in noncompetitive planning grants and $4.6 billion in competitive implementation grants.
EPA has released two Program Guidance documents that explain funding allocations, the process for eligible entities to opt in, and application deadlines. One guidance document is for states (including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), air pollution control agencies, and municipalities. The second guidance document is for tribes and territories. To access both guidance documents and supporting materials, please visit the CPRG webpage. To read the press release, please click here.
EPA is also holding a series of webinars to provide interested stakeholders with information about the CPRG planning grants:
- CPRG: Non-competitive planning grants for state, territory, local, and tribal governments: March 2 and March 7, 2 PM (ET). Both webinars will cover the same content. A recording and slides will be posted after the webinars.
- CPRG: Non-competitive planning grants for tribal and territory governments: March 9, 2 PM (ET). This webinar will focus on the unique timelines and program requirements for tribal participants and those from the following US territories: US Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. A recording and slides will be posted after the webinar.
To register for any of the three Webinars, please click here or visit https://www.epa.gov/inflation-reduction-act/climate-pollution-reduction-grants#CPRG-Webinars.