U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Pollution Prevention Grant Program
The Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program aims to provide information, training, and technical assistance to businesses/facilities to encourage the adoption and implementation of source reduction approaches. Pollution prevention, also called “source reduction,” is any practice which reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling of discarded material, treatment, or disposal; and reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of those substances, pollutants, or contaminants. P2 practices include equipment or technology modifications, process or procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, or inventory control. EPA has also interpreted P2 as including practices that increase efficient use of water, energy, raw materials, or other resources, or that may protect natural resources through conservation methods.
P2 will support proposals that:
- 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.
In order to direct resources and funding to generate more impactful and measurable results, the P2 Program adopted the following program priorities, referred to as P2 National Emphasis Areas (NEAs):
- NEA #1: Business-Based Pollution Prevention Solutions Supporting Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Priorities and Chemical Safety
- NEA #2: Food and Beverage Manufacturing and Processing
- NEA #3: Hazardous Materials Source Reduction Approaches in States or Communities
Amount: A total of $9,380,000 is available to make up to 100 awards that range from $40,000-$500,000 for the two-year funding period. EPA expects to make awards for projects in each EPA region. In their proposal, applicants should identify what region their project will be performed in. Recipients must provide at least a 50 percent match of the total allowable project cost, except for tribes and intertribal consortia, which must provide five percent of the total allowable cost.
Note: New Mexico is in EPA Region 6.
Eligibility: States; state entities, including state colleges and universities; federally-recognized Indian tribes federally-recognized tribes; and intertribal consortia.
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