Independent remedial action grants

We offer post-cleanup grants to local governments who independently clean up contamination under the Voluntary Cleanup Program. The purpose of Independent Remedial Action Grants (IRAGs) is to encourage and expedite cleanups and decrease the associated costs of cleanup for ratepayers and taxpayers.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $2,000,000 for the 2019-2021 Biennium.
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: $300,000 or $450,000 for economically disadvantaged local governments
  • Amount of matching funds required: 50% of total eligible costs ($300,000) for standard IRAGs, or 25% of total eligible costs ($150,000) for economically disadvantaged local governments. Matching funds as low as 10% ($60,000) may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applications are currently being accepted.

Start date: Sep 25, 2019
End date: Jun 30, 2021

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the biennium, regardless of funding availability.

The next funding evaluation cycle was scheduled to close June 18, 2020. Because of the emergency situation related to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Washington’s economy, we cannot predict the full impact of the coronavirus on the state’s revenue. Ecology will not be evaluating applications at this time.

This page will be updated as the situation develops. 

Funding is available for the following entities:

Local governments that have:

  • Completed and independent cleanup through the Voluntary Cleanup Program.
  • Received a determination of No Further Action from Ecology.

IRAG applicants who apply to the Voluntary Cleanup Program on or after January 1, 2020 are required to complete a cultural resources consultation during cleanup to be eligible.

  • Interim actions

  • Remedial investigations

  • Feasibility studies and remedy selection

  • Engineering design and remedy construction

  • Operation and maintenance or monitoring of constructed remedy for up to one year

  • Development of independent remedial action plans and reports

More information about this funding program

Cultural resource review

For ground-disturbing remedial actions to be eligible for grant funding, Ecology or another state or federal agency must consult with the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and affected Tribes before cleanup actions begin. Our cultural resource review webpage has more details about this requirement.