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Program Descriptions

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Pollution Prevention Grants Program


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Pollution Prevention Act of 1990, Section 6605, Public Law 101-508.






The Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program and the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grant Program are supported by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 to provide pollution prevention technical assistance to businesses. Under these grant programs, EPA supports projects that utilize pollution prevention techniques to reduce and/or eliminate pollution from air, water and/or land. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: To help business and industry incorporate pollution prevention techniques into their day-to-day business operations as a way to reduce and/or eliminate harmful pollutants that may enter the air, water or land. For purposes of these grant programs, pollution prevention refers to practices that reduce or eliminate the creation of pollutants through increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water or other resources, and/or protection of natural resources through conservation. EPA achieves these priorities by awarding grants and cooperative agreements to States, Federally-recognized Tribes, Inter-Tribal Consortia's and colleges and universities.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds awarded under the P2 and PPIN Grant Programs support innovative activities that promote preventive approaches to environmental performance and address the transfer of potentially harmful pollutants across all environmental media: air, land, and water. These two grant programs support the establishment and expansion of State and Tribal pollution prevention programs and address various sectors of concern such as industrial toxics, agriculture, energy, transportation, etc. Specifically, the P2 Grant Program is intended to build and support State and Tribal pollution prevention approaches and methodologies. The P2 Grant Program is focused on institutionalizing multimedia pollution prevention as an environmental management priority, establishing prevention goals, providing direct technical assistance to businesses, conducting outreach, and collecting and analyzing data. Under the PPIN Grant Program, EPA supports projects that help to coordinate work among technical assistance providers in order to minimize duplication of effort in information collection and synthesis, dissemination and training for the promotion of pollution prevention technologies. The P2 and PPIN grant programs will not support projects which 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.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a State including State universities, and all Federally recognized-tribes. For convenience, the term "State" in this notice refers to all eligible applicants. Local governments, private universities, private nonprofit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State applicants are encouraged to establish partnerships with business and other environmental assistance providers to deliver seamless pollution prevention assistance. The most successful applications 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 pollution prevention benefits to the following entities: any State, interstate, and local agency/organization/university, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, public nonprofit organizations/institutions, profit organizations, businesses, private organizations, and quasi public nonprofit organizations.


In cases where applicants are not clear, by given name, the applicant must provide proof that the applicant is indeed a State or interstate agency/organization.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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. 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. 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.

Application Procedure

Requests for information should be made to EPA Headquarters or the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in the Appendix of the Catalog. Under the P2 grants program, completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate Regional Pollution Prevention Program office in order to be considered for an award. Under the PPIN grants program, completed applications must be submitted to EPA Headquarters in order to be considered for an award. Applications must meet the requirements of the grant regulations and will be reviewed to determine relevancy of the proposed project. Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

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.


P2 Grant program - grant proposals were due to the applicable regional office on April 16, 2008. PPIN Grant program - grant proposals were due to headquarters on March 17, 2008.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 120 to 150 days.


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.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The statutory formula for P2 and PPIN grants is authorized by the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. Organizations receiving grant funds through the P2 and PPIN Grant Programs are required to match Federal funds by at least 50 percent. For example, the Federal government will provide half of the total allowable cost of the project, and the State will provide the other half. A grant request for $100,000 would support a total allowable project cost of $200,000, with the State providing $100,000. State contributions may include: dollars, in kind goods and services, and/or third party contributions. With concern to P2 Grants only: If a Tribe or Intertribal Consortium is selected for an award, and the Tribe includes the funds from a performance partnership grant (PPG) awarded under 40 CFR Part 35, Subpart B, the required Tribal match for the Pollution Prevention portion of the PPG will be reduced to 5% of the allowable Pollution Prevention project cost for the first two years of the PPG grant. After the first two years in which a Tribe or Intertribal Consortium receives a Performance Partnership Grant, the Regional Administrator must determine through objective assessment whether the Tribe or the members of an Intertribal Consortium meet socioeconomic indicators that demonstrate the ability of the Tribe or the Intertribal Consortium to provide a cost share greater than five percent.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance agreements are awarded for a project period not to exceed 3 years. Funds are released by a letter of credit.


Post Assistance Requirements


Organizations that are awarded grants will be required to submit quarterly or semi annual progress reports, during the life of the project, to the EPA Project Officer. Each report will summarize funds expended, tasks accomplished, and results achieved to date. A summary final report will also be required at the end of the project period. This final report should include a discussion of the prospects for continuation, further development of the pollution prevention effort, project evaluation and future direction.


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. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," non-federal entities that expend $500,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-federal 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 OMB Circular No. A-133.


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

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $4,773,975; FY 08 $4,863,000; and FY 09 est. $4,940,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range in FY 2008: $20,000 - $140,000; Average in FY 2008: $80,000.


Program Accomplishments

In FY '07, EPA awarded 46 P2 Grants totaling $3,954,541. P2 Grants were issued to State institutions to develop projects to provide pollution prevention technical assistance. In FY '07, EPA awarded 8 PPIN Grants totaling $819,434. PPIN Grants were issued to State institutions to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of retrieving electronic pollution prevention information and/or resources nationwide. In FY '08, EPA plans to award between 40 - 50 P2 Grants totaling $4,043,000. P2 Grants are made available to State institutions and Federally-recognized tribes to develop projects to provide pollution prevention technical assistance. In FY '08, EPA plans to award 7 PPIN Grants totaling $820,000. PPIN Grants will be issued to State institutions to strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of retrieving electronic pollution prevention information and/or resources nationwide. EPA anticipates similar accomplishments under both programs in FY '09.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

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

Regional or Local Office

U.S. EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT),1 Congress Street, Suite 1100 - Room 2203, Mail Code: SPP, Boston, MA 02114-2023; Contact: Robert Guillemin, phone: (617) 918-1814; 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: Evelyn Velaquez, phone: (215) 814-5412; 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 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Mail Code, DW-8J, 77 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-3590; Contacts: Phil Kaplan, phone: (312) 866-4669; fax: (312) 353-4788, email: U.S. EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), Mail Code: 6EN-XP, 1445 Ross http://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,Contacts: Chilton (Chet) McLaughlin, phone: (913) 551-7666; 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, Contacts: Jessica Counts, phone: 415-972-3288; email: John Katz, phone: (415) 972-3283; email:, fax: (415) 947-3530. U.S. EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA), Mail Code: 01-085, 1200 Sixth http://Ave.Seattle WA 98101, Contacts: Carolyn Gangmark, phone: (206) 553-4072; email: Robert Drake, phone: (206) 553-4803; email:,fax: (206) 553-8338.

Headquarters Office

Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Pollution Prevention Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania, Ave., N.W., (MC 7409-M), Washington, DC 20460. Contact: Michele Amhaz, Telephone: (202) 564 8857; Fax: (202) 564-8899; E-mail:

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Examples of Funded Projects

The following text provides examples of P2 Grants that were funded in FY 07: EPA funding: $83,000. Recipient will provide technical assistance to small businesses and State agencies to reduce the use of toxic materials and conserve energy. Proposed projects include a "green" procurement program for State agencies, self-certification programs for the auto-body and stormwater sectors that include pollution prevention, a "green" certification program for the lodging industry, and a "Governor's Carbon Challenge" that provides energy conservation audits and recommendations. EPA funding: $92,669. Recipient will incorporate sustainability into businesses by utilizing the P3 (Partners in Pollution Prevention) Program, which is an intern program where students are trained in pollution prevention and then assigned to businesses to help them identify pollution prevention opportunities. EPA funding: $43,500. Recipient will encourage businesses to change operating procedures to ensure that polluting chemicals, including many toxic materials are reduced or eliminated from the manufacturing process. EPA funding: $79,000. Recipient will assist businesses and municipalities reduce pollution and conserve energy by providing pollution prevention technical assistances. Proposed projects include a Green Hospitals Program, a State business environmental partnership, workshops for conditionally exempt generators, small business energy audits and recognizing area businesses that have demonstrated environmental excellence in preventing pollution. EPA funding: $113,942. Recipient will train college students to perform pollution prevention assessments at hospitality businesses under the supervision of a State county pollution prevention office.m separator program at various clinics in Albuquerque, and Participate in national and regional P2 roundtables, organizing the 2006 International Conference on Environmental and Human Health.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.


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