Pollution prevention (P2) grants

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Pollution prevention (P2) grants are federally funded grants awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). While the grants are awarded to state agencies, P2 grants allow us to partner with and fund P2 projects in cooperation with those that cannot apply directly on their own, such as:

  • Businesses.
  • Nonprofit organizations.
  • Local governments.
  • Others.

Who is eligible for funding?

The Pollution Prevention Act of 1990 authorizes EPA to award P2 grants to:

  • All 50 states, including the District of Columbia.
  • State entities (e.g., public universities, commissions, government offices).
  • U.S. territories and possessions
  • Federally recognized Tribes and Intertribal Consortia. 

How to partner with us on a P2 grant proposal

If you are interested in partnering with us on a P2 grant application, please contact us to discuss your P2 project. You may contact us at any time even if the current application window is closed.

Partners can include, but are not limited to:

  • Nonprofit or for-profit organizations.
  • Community-based organizations (CBOs).
  • Trade organizations.
  • Federal programs.
  • Environmental assistance programs offered within a state, tribe, or community.

What kind of projects are eligible?

Eligible projects must:

  • Provide technical assistance
  • Meet the definition of P2

P2 is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source before it is created (i.e. before recycling, treatment, or disposal). 

P2 grant program priorities

Depending on the type of appropriation, the Request for Application (RFA) may require an application to address one or more of the following program priorities:

  • National Emphasis Areas (NEAs)
    EPA adopted National Emphasis Areas (NEAs) to focus technical assistance on certain business sectors and industries.
  • Environmental Justice
    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $100 million to the P2 grant program and launched a new program targeting environmental justice. This program includes grant opportunities with an emphasis on:
    • Environmental justice in communities: Provide P2 technical assistance to businesses to improve human health and the environment in communities most impacted by environmental harms and risks.
    • Environmental justice through safer and more sustainable products: Provide P2 technical assistance to businesses to increase the supply, demand, and/or use of safer and more sustainable products.
  • Climate change
    Provide P2 technical assistance to reduce or eliminate greenhouse-gas emissions or increase energy efficiency to benefit the environment and public health.

P2 project examples

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