Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

What does this funding get me?

$5 billion are available to develop and implement ambitious plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution. 

$250 million have already been provided for noncompetitive planning grants and approximately $4.6 billion will be awarded for competitive implementation grants.

Am I eligible?

States, local governments, Tribes, and air pollution control agencies were eligible for this grant. As recipients begin to put their plans into action, there may be opportunities for other entities to receive funding to help with implementation.

How can I access the money?

There are two phases of this program. Phase 1 planning grants provide flexible support to applicants regardless of where they are in the climate planning and implementation process. 

  • All planning grantees received their awards in the summer/fall of 2023 and were required to submit a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) to the EPA in March/April 2024. Coming in 2025: Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP).
  • North Carolina:
    • The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is accepting public comments on North Carolina’s Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP). Comments and feedback from future public engagement sessions will be considered as DEQ develops the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan. Visit DEQ’s website to learn more and submit your comments (deadline June 3, 2024).
    • The Central Pines Regional Council (CPRC) that serves Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person, and Wake Counties, also received a CPRG planning grant. Read its PCAP here. Community-based organizations (CBOs) are invited to apply to CPRC for funding to support education and engagement activities in the 8-county region, particularly in Justice 40 communities. This work will inform development of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan and build capacity for community members and partners to take action. Learn more here and apply here.
    • A third planning grant was received by the Centralina Regional Council in Charlotte.
  • South Carolina:
    • SC’s CPRG program is a 4-year planning initiative called the Palmetto Air Quality Collaborative (PAQC). Visit the PAQC website to read the PCAP, sign up for the mailing list, see the timeline and more.

Phase 2 implementation grants involved a general competition with applications from states, municipalities, Tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for Tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. The application deadline has passed.

  • This competition was open to entities that received planning grants to develop PCAPs under phase 1 of the CPRG program, as well as entities that did not directly receive a planning grant but applied for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. 
  • EPA anticipates awarding individual grants between $2 million and $500 million.

What is the timeline?

All application deadlines have passed, but see above for information on subgrants from the recipients.

What other incentives could I use to help me accomplish my goals?

Check the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) for additional incentives that may be offered by your state, local government, or utility, as well as important federal, state, and local policies. For questions regarding DSIRE, contact Justin Lindemann (NC Clean Energy Technology Center) at jplindem@ncsu.edu.

Where can I get more information?