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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. Grant funding requests may not exceed a total of $100,000 without approval from Ecology's Funding Program Administrator for this grant.
  • 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 not being accepted at this time.

Grant applications accepted:

Start date: Oct 2, 2017
End date: Nov 30, 2017

The application period for the 2017–2019 Equipment Grant application period opened on October 2, 2017 and closed on November 30, 2017.

Who's eligible Eligible project types

Additional information about this funding program

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.