EPA has announced the availability of funds through its Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Program. SRA assistance agreements are awarded to support research, investigation, study, demonstration, education and training methods using source reduction approaches (also known as “pollution prevention” and herein referred to as “P2”). P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. Applications are due on April 30, 2020.
Under this grant competition cycle, EPA is interested in receiving applications that offer hands on practical P2 tools, information and/or innovative P2 approaches to measurably improve the public health and the surrounding environment, by reducing the use of hazardous substances, reducing toxic pollutants, supporting efficiencies in reducing resource use (e.g., water and energy), and reducing business expenditures and liability costs. Applicants must focus on at least one National Emphasis Area as noted in Section I.F. of the Request for Applications and must select at least one of the following technical assistance methods to address the P2 activity: a) research, b) investigation, c) experiments, d) education, e) training, f) studies and/or g) demonstration of innovative techniques. These two-year grant projects are expected to be performed in EPA Regions 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.
Eligible applicants include: the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state-controlled institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations (other than institutions of higher education), private institutions of higher education, community-based grassroots organizations, and federally-recognized tribes and intertribal consortia.
For the convenience of grantees, an Excel version of an example reporting matrix(152 K) may be used for required grant reporting. This spreadsheet may be used by FY 2018 – FY 2019 grantees or by FY 2020 – FY 2021 grantees.
The SRA grant guidance is available for potential applicants who are interested in applying for SRA grant funding.