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.
Application information

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. To be considered for the next funding evaluation cycle, submit your application by June 18, 2020. We anticipate the next round of grants will be awarded in summer of 2020.

Who's eligible Eligible project types

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.