Equipment cache grants

Washington has seen a dramatic shift in oil transportation recently, both in the types of oil and in the locations where large quantities of oil are transported. These changes affect the risks associated with oil transportation. Many communities don't have response resources for spills of oil or hazardous materials. To help solve this problem, we provide equipment and training grants to emergency responders. These grants help local communities effectively prepare for and respond to spills.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Ecology received $3.1 million in the 2018 Legislative Session. Funding for the 2019–2021 Biennium will be determined during the 2019 Legislative Session. This funding is solely from state funds, and no federal funds are part of this grant.
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: There is no grant award limit for this funding program.
  • Amount of matching funds required: There are no match requirements. Grant awards will cover 100 percent of eligible costs of the grant offer amount.
Application information

Applications are currently being accepted.

Grant applications accepted:

Start date: Jan 2, 2019
End date: Mar 6, 2019

The application period for the 2019–2021 Equipment Cache Grant application period opens on Jan. 2, 2019, and closes at 11:59 p.m. on March 6, 2019. Funding will be awarded summer 2019.

Who's eligible Eligible project types

Additional information about this funding program

More details

Grant workshops

We held the following workshops in January 2019 for interested grant applicants. Email Laura Hayes for information on these workshops.

Date Time Location Address

Jan. 7, 2019

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Spokane Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205
Rm 2-NW-26
Jan. 8, 2019 9:30 a.m. – Noon Union Gap Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder St.
Union Gap, WA 98903
Jan. 10, 2019 9:30 a.m. – Noon Mt. Vernon Best Western Plus
Skagit Valley Inn
2300 Market Street
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273

Jan. 15, 2019

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lacey
(webinar also
available)
Department of Ecology
Headquarters
300 Desmond Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Rm R0A-36
Jan. 17, 2019 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. Vancouver Firstenberg Center
700 NE 136th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98684

Grant recipient selection process

Grant funds are awarded based on need and coordinated to maximize the benefits of existing equipment and resources. We evaluate and assess current available resources and the need for response equipment in specific locations. A workgroup assists with developing the grant program. This group consists of first responders, oil spill response cooperatives, oil and rail industry representatives, and businesses that receive liquid bulk crude oil.

Guidance and application information

Ownership and use of equipment

Grant recipients will own their equipment. In the event of a nearby spill, recipients are not obligated to deploy the equipment. If the equipment is not in use, recipients must allow Ecology or approved responders to access the equipment.