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 not being accepted at this time.

Start date: Sep 25, 2019
End date: Jun 18, 2021

This funding evaluation cycle closed June 18, 2021. Ecology has begun evaluating applications. Because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Washington’s economy, we cannot predict the full impact of the coronavirus on the state’s revenue.

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.