EPA Introduces $4.6 Billion Grant to Counter Climate Pollution

EPA Introduces $4.6 Billion Grant to Counter Climate Pollution

This move is a crucial component of President Biden’s Investing in America strategy.

The EPA announced $4.6 billion in competitive grants targeting state, local and tribal efforts to combat climate pollution, bolster environmental justice and advance clean energy nationwide.

According to a release dated Sept. 20, this funding is part of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program, which was established by the Inflation Reduction Act. These grants—part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda—focus is on community-centric solutions to the climate crisis and will fund initiatives developed under the CPRG program’s first phase.

“Tackling the global climate crisis requires partnerships and action across the country,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in a statement. “President Biden secured this historic funding because he knows that communities need resources to fund projects to cut climate pollution, lift up disadvantaged communities and reap the economic and job-creation benefits of climate action. By investing in America, we’re investing in communities so they can chart their own paths toward the clean energy future.”

The CPRG enables state, local and tribal governments to take the action necessary to achieve President Biden’s goal of reducing climate pollution by 50 percent to 52 percent by 2030. The program targets projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly those benefiting underprivileged communities.

The deadlines to apply for the EPA's grants—which are split into a general competition and one specifically for tribes and territories—are April 1, 2024, and May 1, 2024, respectively, with awards expected to be announced in fall 2024 and winter 2024-2025.

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Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.

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