Pollution Prevention Grants Program

 

The P2 grant program was enacted under the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 to: 1. 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. 2.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. The technical assistance and/or training provided must use pollution prevention techniques to reduce and/or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land prior to performing recycling, reuse or clean up. The P2 grant program may fund grants and/or cooperative agreements. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2019: 1. To help businesses adopt P2 techniques into day-to-day operations to reduce and/or eliminate harmful pollutants from entering the air, water or land; 2. To encourage education and/or training in P2/source reduction techniques by adopting one or more of the P2 Program's National Emphasis Areas (NEAs). NEAs will be described in anticipated grant solicitation announcements. 3. To support P2 information sharing of best management practices and innovations among States, federally-recognized tribes, local technical assistance programs, businesses, and industry in order to replicate work of others.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.708
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 FY 2016 - FY 2017 P2 and PPIN grant proposals are currently undergoing review. EPA anticipates program accomplishments somewhat similar to those achieved under the FY 2015 P2 and PPIN grant competitions. During FY 2016 - FY 2017, EPA awarded 48 P2 grants to support a two-year funding period - $4,009,070 awarded in FY 2016 and $3,942,000 awarded in FY 2017. During FY 2016 - FY 2017, EPA awarded 8 PPIN grants to support a two-year funding period - $746,473 awarded in FY 2016 and $740,000 awarded in FY 2017.
Fiscal Year 2017 During FY 2016 - FY 2017, EPA awarded 48 P2 grants to support a two-year funding period - $4,009,070 awarded in FY 2016 and $3,942,000 awarded in FY 2017.
Fiscal Year 2018 During FY 2018-FY 2019, EPA awarded 47 grants to support a two-year funding period. $4,740,917 was awarded in FY 2018.
Fiscal Year 2019 During FY 2018-FY 2019, EPA awarded 47 grants to support a two-year funding period. $4,579,602 was awarded in FY 2019
Authorization
Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, Section 6605
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals), Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, Intertribal Consortia, U.S. Territories and possessions, U.S. Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals), any agency or instrumentality of a state, including colleges and universities of states, federally-recognized tribes that meet the requirements as described in 40 CFR 35.663, and Intertribal Consortia that meet the requirements in 40 CFR 35.504. Colleges and universities must be chartered, commissioned or publicly-owned/operated by the state or the federally-recognized tribe in order to be eligible. Colleges and universities must include documentation within their applications, which may include, but is not limited to: a state constitutional reference, college/university charter, W-7 tax form that has confirmed the college or university to serve as an instrumentality of a state or a federally-recognized tribe. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible applicants under this program are: State agencies, State colleges and universities that are instrumentalities of the State and federally-recognized Tribes. These eligible applicants are encouraged to establish partnerships with businesses and environmental assistance providers to deliver seamless P2 assistance. Over the years, the P2 Program has found that the most successful P2 grant applicants are those that make the most efficient use of their government funding. In many cases, this has been accomplished through securing grant partnerships. As a result, those who are eligible to apply directly for P2 grant funding can also provide P2 benefits to their grant partners and grant beneficiaries, which include, but are not limited to: States, interstate, intrastate, and local agencies or organizations/universities, federally-recognized Tribes, intertribal consortia, public or private nonprofit organizations/institutions, private businesses, trade associations, student interns (within undergraduate and graduate programs), quasi public nonprofit organizations, schools and the general public.
Credentials/Documentation
In cases where the applicants credentials are not clear, the applicant must provide proof that the applicant is indeed a state agency/organization, federally-recognized tribe, or intertribal consortium.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Requests for general information may be made to EPA Headquarters or to the appropriate EPA regional pollution prevention program office listed in the competitive announcement. Under the P2 grant program, proposals and applications must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Pollution Prevention Program office in order to be considered for an award. Submitted materials must abide by EPA grant policy and programmatic requirements in order to be considered for funding. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" in the competitive announcement. Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in anticipated competitive announcements.
How may assistance be used?
This is a two-year competitive funding opportunity for awards expected to be performed within each EPA region to provide information, training and technical assistance to businesses/facilities to encourage the adoption and implementation of source reduction approaches. Adoption of source reduction approaches can help businesses save money by reducing resource use, expenditures, waste and liability costs, while at the same time reducing their environmental footprint and helping to protect human health and the environment.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Final technical report describing work accomplished, milestones achieved or missed, P2 best practices implemented and/or shared, lessons learned, activities transferred to others to replicate and possible case study work accomplished.
Auditing
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
Records
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Pollution Prevention Act of 1990

Matching is mandatory. 50%. The statutory match/cost share requirement for P2 grants is authorized by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. Eligible awardees receiving P2 grant funds are required to match federal funding by at least 50 percent. As such, EPA will provide half of the total allowable project cost and the grantee will provide the remaining half. To further illustrate, if the total project cost is $100,000, in order to meet the 50 percent cost share or match requirement, the grantee must be able to provide $50,000 in cash or in-kind contributions in order to be eligible to receive $50,000 in federal grant funds from EPA. Cash or in-kind contributions may include: dollars, in-kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions. When applying for P2 grant funding, the applicant must note in their budget the application and use of matching funds. The match requirement may be applied at the time of award or at specified intervals during the project period. The grant project officer in the EPA Region will monitor the grantee's compliance addressing the match requirement. If the match requirement is not met or is not applied at specified intervals during the project period, federal funding will cease and the grantee may be held liable for all incurred costs. With concern to federally-recognized tribes or intertribal consortia only -- If a federally-recognized tribe or intertribal consortium is selected for a P2 grant award and tribe then chooses to place their approved P2 grant workplan in a performance partnership grant (PPG) agreement, the match or cost share requirement will be reduced from 50 percent to 5 percent. The reduction in match will be applied during the first two years of the PPG agreement. If applicable, after two years of funding, the EPA Regional Administrator will make the determination through objective assessment whether the federally-recognized tribe or intertribal consortium meets the socioeconomic needs test to warrant keeping the match/cost share at 5 percent. For further information on match and cost share requirements, please reference the applicable P2 grant announcement posted to http://www.grants.gov.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
P2 grants issued during FY 2019 are anticipated to be awarded before or by the end of the fiscal year. Funds will be released by a letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional EPA Contacts: U.S. EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT), 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Mail Code: OESO4-1,Boston, MA 02109-3912, Contact: Lee Fiske, phone: (617) 918-1847; email: fiske.lee@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, U.S. Virgin Islands), 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, Mail Code: PSPMMB, New York, NY 10007-1866, Contact: Alex Peck, phone: (212) 637-3758; email: peck.alex@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, D.C.), 1650 Arch Street, Mail Code: 3E100, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029, Contact: Peter Piergiovanni, phone: (215) 814-3442; email: piergiovanni.peter@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN), Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303, Contact: Pam Swingle, phone: (404) 562-8482; email: swingle.pamela@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), 77 West Jackson Blvd, Mail Code: DW-8J, Chicago, IL 60604-3590; Contact: Christine Anderson, phone: (312) 886-9749; email: andersona.christine@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), 1445 Ross Ave. Suite 1200, Mail Code: 6EN-XP, Dallas, TX 75202, Contact: David Bond, phone: (214) 665-6431; email: bond.david@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), 901 N. 5th Street, Mail Code: ARTD/TSPP, Kansas City, KS 66101, Contact: Lisa Thresher, phone: (913) 551-7964; email: thresher.lisa@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY),1595 Wynkoop St, Mail Code: 8P-P3T, Denver, CO 80202-1129, Contact: Melissa Payan, phone: (303) 312-6511; email: payan.melissa@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and Pacific Islands and Tribal Nations subject to U.S. law), 75 Hawthorne Street, Mail Code: WST-7, San Francisco, CA 94105, Contact: Jessica Counts-Arnold, phone: 415-972-3288; email: counts-arnold.jessica@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA),1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, Mail Code: AWT-128, Contact: Kathleen Compton phone: (206) 553-0290; email: compton.kathleen@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Michele Amhaz
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania, Avenue, N.W., (Mail Code: 7409M)
Washington, DC 20460 US
amhaz.michele@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564 8857
Fax: 202-564-8901
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/p2/grant-programs-pollution-prevention
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$4,740,917.00; FY 19 est $4,625,602.00; FY 20 FY 17$3,942,000.00; FY 16$4,722,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
During the FY 2018 - FY 2019 grant competition cycle, P2 grant awards may potentially be in the range of $40,000-$500,000 issued over a two-year funding period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
40 CFR Parts 29,32; 2 CFR 200 and 1500; and "EPA Assistance Administration Manual," available from the National Technical Information Services, Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis, Order No.: NTIS UB/031.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 As of this CFDA update, FY 2016 award selections have not been finalized under the P2 and PPIN grant programs. The following are examples of P2 grants supporting activities in FY 2016 and FY 2017. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $64,940 in FY 2016 and $64,140 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will evaluate above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) for pollution prevention and risk preparedness within high risk, flood-prone coastal communities due to both anticipated sea level rise and flooding from various storm events. The scope of the study will cover coastal communities in Rhode Island. Facilities in these areas will be initially identified using information housed within the grant recipient’s AST database. All information gathering will be driven by direct observation and using environmentally-based tools provide accuracy for the project. All relevant information will be integrated into a geographic information system. It is anticipated the grant recipient will preform five to ten on-site assessments. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $104,103 in FY 2016 and $92,920 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will develop a capacity-building project to encourage local municipalities to serve as educators and supporters of small businesses, helping the businesses institute best management practices to reduce use and storage of toxic materials and improve worker safety, profitability, and the safety of surrounding properties and neighborhoods. The grant recipient will target three local jurisdictions containing large numbers of small businesses in high flood-risk areas and demonstrating diverse types of population density and economic and demographic profiles. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $80,000 in FY 2016 and $80,000 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will design, produce and conduct four half-day workshops geared to Kentucky EXCEL members, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center program participants, organizations and industries. The events will be free for participants and will be held in multiple locations to facilitate participation across the state and to target specific sectors and regions. The workshops will address source reduction and money savings for small businesses, efficient steam generation to realize greenhouse gas reductions, strategies for reductions in peak demand energy use and energy efficiency opportunities for facilities. The recipient will also develop a series of tools and resources for the workshops to help train participants. The tools and resources are: 1) Spreadsheets: Energy Profile and Cost Summary, Energy Report Card, Utility Bill Analysis Tracker; 2) Calculators: Energy Use Intensity Comparison, Thermostat Savings, Lighting Retrofit Recommendations Savings; 3) Surveys for: lighting, HVAC Systems, motors; and, 4) tip sheets for: lighting, HVAC systems, motors, installing and assessing building envelopes, and achieving compressed air energy savings. Post-workshop evaluation and additional one-to-one technical assistance will be provided by the grant recipient to participants on-demand and through a series of scheduled webinars. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $109,330 in FY 2016 and $108,957 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will provide technical assistance to chemical and food industry manufacturers participating in Louisiana’s Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) program - Value Louisiana. The assistance to manufacturers will include: 1) on-site assessments for businesses that address ways and means for reducing chemical usage, energy and water use, 2) sponsoring and facilitating educational, environmental workshops and trainings in partnership with the Zero Waste Network, 3) increasing the amount of member participation in Value Louisiana and the Louisiana Chemical Manufacturing Imitative, and 4) leveraging faculty research to support source reduction opportunities and innovation for manufacturers. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $134,372 in FY 2016 and $162,860 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will work to improve the environmental performance of industrial facilities and businesses by conducting 44 confidential site assessments focused on Iowa’s greenhouse gas emitters, food manufacturers, and hospitals and chemical manufacturers that use large quantities of water or energy. The P2 assessments aim to generate cost-saving and environmental improvement recommendations for facilities with assistance from pollution prevention engineers or a P2 intern. The grant recipient will report aggregated environmental outcomes and the sectors served by the project. In particular, the grant recipient anticipates P2 assistance will reduce energy demand by increasing the implementation of energy efficiency (e.g., lighting retrofits, boiler and compressor efficiency, etc.) and heat recovery P2 strategies throughout production processes; reduce the amount of water use for production and mechanical operation by increasing water conservation; reducing effluent pollutant loadings and wastewater flows to onsite treatment facilities and municipal POTWs – resulting in lower operation and maintenance costs; and reduce or eliminate toxics use and waste generation through less toxic alternatives and more efficient usage.
Fiscal Year 2017 The following are examples of P2 grants supporting activities in FY 2016 and FY 2017. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $64,940 in FY 2016 and $64,140 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will evaluate above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) for pollution prevention and risk preparedness within high risk, flood-prone coastal communities due to both anticipated sea level rise and flooding from various storm events. The scope of the study will cover coastal communities in Rhode Island. Facilities in these areas will be initially identified using information housed within the grant recipient’s AST database. All information gathering will be driven by direct observation and using environmentally-based tools provide accuracy for the project. All relevant information will be integrated into a geographic information system. It is anticipated the grant recipient will preform five to ten on-site assessments. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $104,103 in FY 2016 and $92,920 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will develop a capacity-building project to encourage local municipalities to serve as educators and supporters of small businesses, helping the businesses institute best management practices to reduce use and storage of toxic materials and improve worker safety, profitability, and the safety of surrounding properties and neighborhoods. The grant recipient will target three local jurisdictions containing large numbers of small businesses in high flood-risk areas and demonstrating diverse types of population density and economic and demographic profiles. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $80,000 in FY 2016 and $80,000 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will design, produce and conduct four half-day workshops geared to Kentucky EXCEL members, Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center program participants, organizations and industries. The events will be free for participants and will be held in multiple locations to facilitate participation across the state and to target specific sectors and regions. The workshops will address source reduction and money savings for small businesses, efficient steam generation to realize greenhouse gas reductions, strategies for reductions in peak demand energy use and energy efficiency opportunities for facilities. The recipient will also develop a series of tools and resources for the workshops to help train participants. The tools and resources are: 1) Spreadsheets: Energy Profile and Cost Summary, Energy Report Card, Utility Bill Analysis Tracker; 2) Calculators: Energy Use Intensity Comparison, Thermostat Savings, Lighting Retrofit Recommendations Savings; 3) Surveys for: lighting, HVAC Systems, motors; and, 4) tip sheets for: lighting, HVAC systems, motors, installing and assessing building envelopes, and achieving compressed air energy savings. Post-workshop evaluation and additional one-to-one technical assistance will be provided by the grant recipient to participants on-demand and through a series of scheduled webinars. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $109,330 in FY 2016 and $108,957 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will provide technical assistance to chemical and food industry manufacturers participating in Louisiana’s Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) program - Value Louisiana. The assistance to manufacturers will include: 1) on-site assessments for businesses that address ways and means for reducing chemical usage, energy and water use, 2) sponsoring and facilitating educational, environmental workshops and trainings in partnership with the Zero Waste Network, 3) increasing the amount of member participation in Value Louisiana and the Louisiana Chemical Manufacturing Imitative, and 4) leveraging faculty research to support source reduction opportunities and innovation for manufacturers. P2 Grant: EPA funded amount: $134,372 in FY 2016 and $162,860 in FY 2017. The grant recipient will work to improve the environmental performance of industrial facilities and businesses by conducting 44 confidential site assessments focused on Iowa’s greenhouse gas emitters, food manufacturers, and hospitals and chemical manufacturers that use large quantities of water or energy. The P2 assessments aim to generate cost-saving and environmental improvement recommendations for facilities with assistance from pollution prevention engineers or a P2 intern. The grant recipient will report aggregated environmental outcomes and the sectors served by the project. In particular, the grant recipient anticipates P2 assistance will reduce energy demand by increasing the implementation of energy efficiency (e.g., lighting retrofits, boiler and compressor efficiency, etc.) and heat recovery P2 strategies throughout production processes; reduce the amount of water use for production and mechanical operation by increasing water conservation; reducing effluent pollutant loadings and wastewater flows to onsite treatment facilities and municipal POTWs – resulting in lower operation and maintenance costs; and reduce or eliminate toxics use and waste generation through less toxic alternatives and more efficient usage.
Fiscal Year 2019 The following are examples of P2 grants supporting activities in FY 2018 and FY 2019. Funding levels denote two-year funding amounts. 1) EPA funded amount: $110,000. The grantee will provide P2 trainings and educational material to the janitorial community in Rhode Island and southern New England. The training and education will address the hazards of conventional cleaning chemicals; provide attendees with substitutions for conventional chemicals with sustainable choices listed in EPA's Safer Choice Program and advocate for the implementation of policies that initiate company or institution-wide changes to switch to safer chemical use. The education and training will focus on: human exposure, fate and transport in the environment, efficacy of green cleaning products and source reduction techniques. 2) EPA funded amount: $125,800. The grantee will provide on-site technical assistance to auto body/repair shops through its GreenWrench program; manage a green certification program; provide training at technical schools, and provide guidelines and recommendations for products that use safer chemicals. 3) EPA funded amount: $106,400. The grantee will focus efforts on source reduction (pollution prevention) training for manufacturers in South Carolina. Broad training will occur in classroom/workshop settings. More in-depth training tailored to specific businesses will occur during on-site visits. Results will be measured in follow-up surveys/interviews and will be used to write best-practice white papers tailored to various industrial sectors. The results will be archived and disseminated through the grantee's Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) website. 4) EPA funded amount: $208,600. The grantee will target 10 food and beverage manufacturing facilities with ammonia refrigeration systems in partnership with the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium; five candidate sites will be selected to identify and reduce ammonia leakage from industrial refrigeration systems. The grantee will develop a guidance document detailing methods for calculating ammonia inventory in real-time (to detect leaks) and best practices for identifying and elimination fugitive leaks. A webinar will be provided to amplify best practices. 5) EPA funded amount: $374,200. The grantee will produce and disseminate a replicable best practices methodology for assessing chemicals used in stereolithography (SLA) resins, pilot the methodology with a resin manufacturer, evaluate alternative formulas based on results, and share approaches with industry stakeholders.

 



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