Public participation grants

Public Participation Grants (PPG) provide up to $60,000 per year to individuals and nonprofit organizations to increase public understanding and involvement in cleaning up contaminated sites and improve Washington's waste management practices.

These grants are in support of the State’s Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Plan, which aims to eliminate most wastes and toxics and to safely manage what remains.


Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $4.87 million for 2023 – 2025
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Up to $60,000 per year, for up to two years
  • Amount of matching funds required: No matching funds are required.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Applications for the 2021-2023 Biennium, beginning July 1, 2021, are now open.

Start date: Mar 30, 2021
End date: Apr 29, 2021

We will accept applications for the 2023 – 2025 biennium starting March 8, 2023 and closing at 5 p.m. on April 5, 2023.

Funding is available for the following entities:

  • Individuals affected by the release of a hazardous substance.
  • Nonprofit public interest organizations.

PPG will fund two basic types of projects: 

  • Projects that engage the public in the investigation and remediation of a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance.
  • Projects that support the state's Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Priorities.

More information about this funding program

PPG – Application period announcement (en español)

2021 – 2023 funding program guidelines (effective July 1, 2021)

2019 – 2021 biennium report

Funding Source: ​The Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) requires that at least one percent of revenues collected from the Hazardous Substance Tax go to fund Ecology’s PPG program. 

Informational sessions:

  • Feb. 28, 2023 1 – 2 p.m. (Register)
  • March 9, 2023 9 – 10:30 p.m. (Register)
  • March 15, 2023 5 – 6:30 p.m. (Register)