Climate Pollution Reduction Grant

What does this funding get me?

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

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

Am I eligible?

States, local governments, Tribes, and air pollution control agencies are eligible for this grant. 

How can I access the money?

There are two phases of this program to assist applicants. 

Phase 1 provides 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 must submit a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) to the EPA, due March 1, 2024 for states and metropolitan areas and due April 1, 2024, for Tribes and territories.
  • North Carolina:
    • The NC Department of Environmental Quality received a planning grant and took feedback from the public, developing a list of priority measures to be included in the PCAP. Learn more on DEQ’s CPRG web page, explore the priority measures that were identified, and see the slides and recording of a 12/7/23 presentation.
    • The Central Pines Regional Council in the Triangle also received a CPRG planning grant. If you live in Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Person or Wake county, submit your ideas for their PCAP using this survey and share the survey with your friends. 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 website to read the draft PCAP and submit comments on it, sign up for the mailing list, see the timeline and more. The deadline to submit comments on the draft PCAP is February 14.


Phase 2 will involve a general competition for applications from states, municipalities, Tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for Tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. 

  • These competitions are 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 that are applying for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. 
  • EPA anticipates awarding individual grants between $2 million and $500 million.
  • Deadline to apply is April 1, 2024 (May 1 for Tribes and territories)

What is the timeline?

See above for information on timelines.

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?

  • Training, tools, and technical assistance
  • More information about the phase 2 implementation grants
  • See separate links above for North and South Carolina information
  • You may be able to get technical assistance with this program from the EPA’s Region 4 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center (EJ TCTAC), also called Resource for Assistance and Community Training in Region 4 on Environmental Justice (REACT4EJ), which provides technical assistance to residents, community organizations, and Federally recognized tribal nations in Region 4 states including North and South Carolina. REACT4EJ can assist in developing capabilities and identifying resources for understanding or resolving EJ circumstances. Visit REACT4EJ.org to learn more and connect with their team.
  • As you look at current federal funding opportunities and those anticipated in 2024, SSDN’s Local Infrastructure Hub (LIH) program has resources that may be able to help!  The LIH program supports local governments and community-based organizations that are working on cross-cutting projects at the intersection of addressing climate impacts and promoting racial wealth equity.  Learn more on the LIH website or through this one-pager.  The application for LIH support is a light lift and is linked HERE! Reach out to Nick Deffley if you have questions about eligibility or need guidance.
  • For questions about updates to this program, please email Jessica Finkel at info@energyfundsforall.org.