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.
Grant applications accepted:
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.
To be considered, the community the agency responds to must have a substantial threat of an oil spill or hazardous materials incident occurring in their jurisdiction. The grant is primarily intended to assist emergency responders in purchasing equipment they would not otherwise be able to purchase.
Applicants that received funding during a previous grant cycle are eligible to apply for this grant cycle.
Private businesses and non-profits will not be considered.
All projects must support implementation of local, regional, or statewide emergency response plans and must demonstrate and sustain long-term benefits to multiple stakeholders across a region or statewide.
Project benefits may include, but are not limited to:
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.
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.