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EPA Funds for Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving – $1.2 million available to community organizations seeking to address environmental and/or public health concerns through collaboration with stakeholders.  Deadline Feb. 12, 2016.  Informational conference calls will be held Dec. 3 (Spanish), Jan. 14, Jan. 26.  More information

2015 Ozone NAAQS Webinar – The slides used for the 2015 ozone NAAQS rollout webinar are available. Presentation Slides (PDF)

Environmental Justice Grants Awarded to Projects in Advance Areas – On Oct. 12, 2015, EPA announced the award of nearly $1.2 million in grants to organizations working to address environmental justice issues.  Awards were made to four Advance areas for air quality-related efforts, i.e., Newport News, VA; Kansas City, MO; Wichita, KS; New Orleans, LA.  These efforts may be worth mentioning in Advance areas’ updates.  More information

DOE Grants Awarded for Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Projects – On Sept. 15, 2015, DOE announced the award of $5 million for energy planning and innovative energy practices in 11 states.  States with Advance areas that will receive (in total) almost half of this funding include Virginia, Missouri, Nebraska, and Minnesota.  These efforts may be worth mentioning in Advance areas’ updates.  More information

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Program Grant – USDA Loan Guarantees and funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements. Application DeadlineGrants up to $500,000: May 2, 2016
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Making a Visible Difference in Communities Program – Several Advance areas will receive technical support from EPA over the next two years to help address environmental and public health challenges.  Advance areas that will receive this support include communities in DE, KS, LA, MN, MO, MS, MT, NE, NV, TX, and VA.  More Information

Better Buildings Challenge – Several Advance areas are participating in this Dept. of Energy program, which supports job creation by catalyzing private sector investment in commercial and industrial building energy upgrades.  Consider joining or utilizing the program resources (webinars, case studies, videos, etc.)  More information

Building Energy Codes Program – This Dept. of Energy program supports greater adoption of residential and commercial building energy codes through collaborative efforts with local governments and industry groups, and by providing key tools and assistance for building energy code development, adoption, and implementation.  Guidance and technical resources

Open EPA Grant Opportunities



The Advance Program is a collaborative effort between EPA, states, tribes, and local governments.  The program encourages expeditious emission reductions in ozone and fine particle (PM2.5) attainment areas to help these areas continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The steps taken by program participants could:

  1. Help attainment areas reduce emissions in order to ensure continued health protection,
  2. Better position areas to remain in attainment, and
  3. Efficiently direct available resources toward actions to address ozone and fine particle problems quickly.

Basic Information - More information about the Advance Program

Eligibility - Who is eligible to participate

Participation - How to participate

Participants - Areas that have agreed to take proactive steps towards improving air quality

Measures and Programs - Actions participants can take

Resources - Useful information for participants

Frequent Questions - Frequently asked questions about the Advance Program

Map showing areas participating in Ozone and PM Advance

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