Public Participation Grants

Public Participation Grants (PPG) provide funding to individuals and not-for-profit public interest organizations to increase public understanding and involvement in cleaning up contaminated sites and improving recycling and waste management. PPG can fund up to $120,000 for a two-year project. Matching funds are not required.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $3.7 million for 2021-23
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Up to $120,000 for a two-year project.
  • 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

The application period closed at 5 p.m. April 29, 2021. To stay informed, consider joining the program email list.

Funding is available for the following entities:

  • Individuals affected by the release of a hazardous substance.
  • Not-for-profit public interest organizations.
  • Contaminated site projects that encourage public involvement in investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites.
  • Waste management projects that encourage public involvement to eliminate or reduce waste.

More information about this funding program

2021-2023 application instructions

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

2021-2023 focus sheet (English)

2021-2023 focus sheet (Español)

2019 – 2021 funding program guidelines (effective July 1, 2019)

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.