As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program will provide $5 billion in grants to states and local governments to develop and implement plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other harmful air pollution. This two-staged grant program provides funding of $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants ($3M to each state to develop a Climate Pollution Reduction Plan), and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants.
EPA’s goal for CPRG is to help states and the largest metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) develop plans to reduce the contributor to climate change, greenhouse gases. On June 30, 2023 the State of Georgia was awarded the $3 million noncompetitive planning grant to develop a state-wide climate action plan. Likewise, the Atlanta Regional Commission received the $1 million noncompetitive planning grant to develop a climate action plan for the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area (MSA). CPRG requires the following three key deliverables:
- A Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), due on March 1, 2024;
- A Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), due June 30, 2025; and
- A Status Report, due at the close of the 4-year grant period.
The Georgia EPD Air Protection Branch will work with various state agencies, the Atlanta Regional Commission, industry, community and environmental organizations, and other stakeholders to develop Georgia’s climate action plan. This plan will include a GHG emissions inventory, potential GHG reduction measures, and a low-income and disadvantaged communities (LIDAC) benefits analysis.
U.S. EPA Announces CPRG Phase 2
U.S. EPA announced Phase 2 of the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program, which includes two competitions totaling $4.6 billion: a general competition for applications from states, municipalities, tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. U.S. EPA indicates that “These competitions are open to entities that received planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans (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. Eligible applicants may only apply for funding to implement measures contained in an applicable PCAP.”
State and territorial agencies, municipalities, air pollution control agencies, tribes/tribal consortia.
- Individual Applicant
- Single entity leading design and implementation of the measures.
- Two or more eligible applicants with strong and substantial commitment such that withdrawal by one member would fundamentally alter project outcomes.
- Coalition applications must include a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed by all coalition partners demonstrating mutual commitment to project.
September 20, 2023 - Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) released.
February 1, 2024 – Optional Notice of Intent to Apply.
March 1, 2024 – Priority Climate Action Plans due.
July 2024 – Notification of Awards
October 2024 – Funds Awarded
EPD Grant Submittals and Comments
EPA CPRG General Page Climate Pollution Reduction Grants | US EPA
EPA CPRG Phase 1: Planning Grant CPRG Planning Grant Information | US EPA
EPA CPRG Phase 2: Implementation Grant CPRG Implementation Grants | US EPA
EPA CPRG Training, Tools and Technical Assistance CPRG Training, Tools and Technical Assistance | US EPA
Atlas Public Policy Climate Program Portal compiles Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, and Inflation Reduction Act funding opportunities for interested stakeholders. The following Georgia-specific funding spreadsheets were downloaded from the dashboard for Georgia stakeholders and citizens.