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Pollution Prevention Grants Program

P2 Grant Program
Number: 66.708
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.708 Pollution Prevention Grants Program
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, Section 6605, Public Law 101-508.
Objectives (050):
This CFDA announcement applies to the Pollution Prevention (P2) and the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) grant programs.
Both programs were enacted under the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The P2 grant program funds grants/cooperative agreements that implement pollution prevention technical assistance services and/or training for businesses. The PPIN grant program funds grants/cooperative agreements through a national network of Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) Centers. The Centers work to deliver pollution prevention information, resources and tools to state technical assistance providers, businesses and industry sectors. Under both grant programs, EPA is authorized to support projects that utilize pollution prevention techniques to reduce and/or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013:
1. To help businesses adopt P2 techniques into their day-to-day operations as a means for reducing or eliminating harmful pollutants from entering the air, water or land;
2. To encourage education and training in P2/source reduction techniques and applications; and
3. Support P2 information sharing among State, local technical assistance programs and businesses.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funding under the P2 and PPIN grant programs is supported through Congressional appropriation. Generally, the programs support P2 projects that address the transfer of potentially harmful pollutants across all environmental media: air, water, and land. The programs also support the establishment and expansion of state and tribal P2 programs under various sectors, some which are -- industrial toxics, agriculture, energy and water conservation, and transportation.

More specifically, the P2 grant program supports P2 approaches and methodologies that focus on: institutionalizing P2 as an environmental management prescription, helping businesses establish prevention goals, providing technical assistance or training to businesses, supporting outreach and research endeavors, and supporting data collection and analysis to curb environmental inefficiencies in tandem with increasing awareness of P2, etc.

Under the PPIN program, EPA supports projects that help to: coordinate work among state and local technical assistance providers, disseminate P2 information, offer training to state and local technical assistance providers and businesses, promote new and innovative P2 technologies, and take a broad reading of what P2 activities are occurring across the nation in order to minimize any duplication of effort.

The P2 and PPIN grant programs do not support projects that focus on recycling, waste removal or any activity which alters the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics or the volume of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant through a process or activity which is not integral to and necessary for the production of a product or essential to providing a service. For more information, refer to PPA Section 6603 and 40 CFR Sections 35.343 and 35.662.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA 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. In accordance with the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, eligible applicants for purposes of funding under these grant programs include the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and any territory or possession of the United States, any state agency or instrumentality of a state including state colleges and universities, federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.

Local governments, private universities, private nonprofit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible to apply for funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
State agencies, state colleges and universities that are instrumentalities of the state and federally-recognized tribes are encouraged to establish partnerships with businesses and environmental assistance providers to deliver seamless P2 assistance. The most successful applicants will be those that make the most efficient use of government funding. In many cases, this has been accomplished through partnerships. As a result, those who are eligible can provide P2 benefits to the following entities: states, interstate and local agencies or organizations/universities, federally-recognized tribes, intertribal consortia, public or private nonprofit organizations/institutions, private businesses, quasi public nonprofit organizations, and the general public.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. If the applicant does not know who their Single Point of Contact is, they may call the appropriate EPA regional coordinator listed in the Information Contacts section, or call the EPA Headquarters Grant Policy Information and Training Branch at 202-564-5325. Federally-recognized Tribal governments are not required to comply with this procedure. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Requests for general information may be made to EPA Headquarters or to the appropriate EPA regional pollution prevention program office listed in Appendix IV of this Catalog.

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.

Under the PPIN grant program, proposals and final applications must be submitted to EPA Headquarters in order to be considered for an award.

Applications must abide by EPA grant policy and programmatic requirements in order to be considered for funding.

Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure (093):
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 (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
About 120 to 150 days.
Appeals (096):
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." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory Formula: Title Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The statutory formula for P2 and PPIN grants is authorized by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990.
Matching Requirements: Organizations receiving grant funds through the P2 and PPIN grant programs are required to match federal funds by at least 50 percent. The federal government will provide half of the total allowable cost of the project, and the state will provide the other half. Thus, a federal grant of $100,000 would support a total allowable project cost of $200,000, with the state providing the remaining half equal to $100,000. State contributions may include: dollars, in kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions. In a detailed budget, the use of the matching funds must be documented. The match requirement may be applied at the time of award or at specified intervals during the project period. The grant applicant must document in the itemized budget plan the type of match to be applied and how it will be used. The grant project officer in the Region or Headquarters will monitor the grant recipient's compliance. If the match requirement is not met or is not applied at specified intervals during the project period, federal funding will cease and the recipient will be held liable for all incurred costs.

With concern to P2 grants only: If a tribe or intertribal consortium is selected for an award and their workplan will be included in a performance partnership grant (PPG), then the required tribal match will be reduced to 5% as it applies to the total allowable P2 project cost. This reduction in match will be applied to the first two years of the PPG. After two years, the EPA Regional Administrator is required to determine through objective assessment whether the tribe or intertribal consortium still meets the socioeconomic needs test to warrant keeping the cost share at 5 percent.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Initial assistance agreements are awarded for a project period of 3 years. Funds are released by a letter of credit. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Financial assistance under the P2 and PPIN grant programs is provided in the form of a grant or a cooperative agreement issued as a letter of credit by the federal government to the eligible grantee.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. The P2 and PPIN grant programs require grantees to submit budget information to the grant porject officer. The information should be included in the grantees' semi-annual progress report. Organizations that are awarded grants will be required to submit semi-annual progress reports during the life of the project to the grant project officer. The report should summarize funds expended, tasks accomplished, and results achieved to date. A final technical report is also required at the end of the grant/cooperative agreement. The final technical report should explain the prospect for continuation, further development of the pollution prevention effort, and offer a project evaluation. The P2 and PPIN grant programs require the grantee to submit semi-annual progress reports to the grant project officer. The report should explain the work executed under the project(s), whether or not the project's milestones were achieved, and the staff and budget plan for any remaining work. Expenditure reports are required at the end of the grant/cooperative agreement. The grantee should submit this information to the grant project officer when submitting their final technical report. If the grantee proposes work that involves gathering, measuring, or tracking environmental data, the grantee is required to report its environmental performance to EPA. The information should be provided in the grantees' semi-annual progress report and final technical report. The reports should be submitted to the grant project officer.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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 (113):
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.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $4,921,982; FY 13 est $4,922,000; and FY 14 est $4,922,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range for P2 grants in FY 2012: $27,128 - $275,900; approximate average annual award in FY 2012: $86,000.

In FY 2012 PPIN grants were not issued, however, grants from the previous year (FY 2011) were incrementally funded. The range of awards $67,578 - $115,000; approximate average annual award in FY 2012: $109,072.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
40 CFR Parts 29, 30, 31, 32; 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.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. U.S. EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT), Mail Code: OESO4-1,

5 Post Office Square, Suite 100,Boston, MA 02109-3912,

Contact: Lee Fiske, phone: (617) 918-1847; fax: (617) 918-1810; email:

U.S. EPA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, U.S. Virgin Islands), Mail Code: SPMMB,290 Broadway 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866, Contact: Alex Peck, phone: (212) 637-3758; fax: (212) 637-3771; email:

U.S. EPA Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, D.C.), Mail Code: 3E100, 1650 Arch Street,Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029, Contact: Mindee Lemoine, phone: (215) 814-2736; fax: (215) 814-3274; email:

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: Pamela Swingle: phone: (404) 562-8482; fax: (404) 562-9066; email:

U.S. EPA Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Mail Code: DW-8J, 77 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-3590; Contact: Christine Anderson, phone: (312) 886-9749; fax: (312) 353-4788; email:

U.S. EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), Mail Code: 6EN-XP, 1445 Ross Ave. Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202, David Bond, phone: (214) 665-6431; fax:(214) 665-7446; email:

U.S. EPA Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), Mail Code: ARTD/TSPP, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101, Contact: Marcus Rivas, phone: (913) 551-7669; fax: (913) 551-7065; email:

U.S. EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY), Mail Code: 8P-P3T, 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466, Contact: Linda Walters, phone: (303) 312-6385; fax: (303) 312-6044; email:

U.S. EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and Pacific Islands and Tribal Nations subject to U.S. law), Mail Code: WST-7, 75 Hawthrone Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, Contact: Jessica Counts-Arnold, phone: 415-972-3288; fax: (415) 947-3530; email:

U.S. EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA), Mail Code: AWT-128, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, Contact: Carolyn Gangmark, phone: (206) 553-4072; fax: (206) 553-8338; email:
Headquarters Office (152):
Michele Amhaz, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics Pollution Prevention Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania, Ave., N.W., (MC 7409-M),, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: (202) 564 8857.
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description are described in the competitive announcements of the P2 and PPIN grant programs.