Category/Topic
Environment
State or Federal?
Federal
Summary
This program will assist local, state, and/or tribal air pollution control agencies to develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that EPA determines are the top five most polluted areas relative to ozone (O3), annual average fine particulate matter (PM2.5), or 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The overall goal of the Targeted Airshed Grant Program is to reduce air pollution in the nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone and PM2.5 ambient air concentrations.

EPA received funding in the 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Appropriations Acts to reduce air pollution in the nation’s areas with the highest levels of ozone or fine particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure. Exposure to these pollutants are associated with numerous adverse human health effects, including increased respiratory symptoms, hospitalization for heart or lung diseases, and even premature death.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies
Eligibility Notes
Entities eligible to submit applications under this announcement are those air pollution control agencies, as defined by Section 302(b) of the Clean Air Act, that: (a) have responsibilities for the prevention and control of air pollution for one or more nonattainment areas identified in Section I.A. of this announcement, and (b) have an active air program grant under Sections 103 or 105 of the Clean Air Act to carry out those responsibilities.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Feb 14, 2020
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Nov 22, 2019
Max Award
$10,000,000
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$10,000,000
# of Awards
8-15
Match Required?
No
Match Notes
Although cost-sharing/matching is not required as a condition of eligibility under this competition, under Section V. of this announcement EPA will evaluate applications based on a leveraging criterion. Voluntary cost share is a form of leveraging. Voluntary cost sharing is when an applicant voluntarily proposes to legally commit to provide costs or contributions to support the project when a cost share is not required.
Funder
Environmental Protection Agency
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$50,306,000
Competition Notes
Congress has again directed EPA in the 2019 Consolidated Appropriations Act to make funds available for competitive grants to reduce air pollution in nonattainment areas that the Agency determines are ranked as the top five most polluted areas relative to the ozone, annual PM2.5, or 24-hour PM2.5 standards. Using air quality information from EPA’s air quality database, the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) has identified the following areas as the top five most polluted areas for 8-hour average ozone, the top five most polluted areas for annual average PM2.5, and the top five most polluted areas for 24-hour PM2.5 as of the end of the 2018 data reporting period.

Ozone Nonattainment Areas (2015 8-hour standard of 70 parts per billion):
Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin, CA: 111
Morongo Band of Mission Indians, CA: 101
Los Angeles-San Bernardino Counties (W. Mojave), CA: 98
Riverside County (Coachella Valley), CA: 91
Nevada County (Western part), CA: 90 (tie)
San Joaquin Valley, CA 90: (tie)

PM2.5 Nonattainment Areas (2012 annual standard of 12 micrograms per cubic meter):
San Joaquin Valley, CA: 17.8
Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin, CA: 14.7
Plumas County, CA: 14.7
Allegheny County, PA: 12.6
Imperial County, CA: 12.6

PM2.5 Nonattainment Areas (2006 24-hour standard of 35 micrograms per cubic meter):
Klamath Falls, OR: 75
Fairbanks, AK: 65
San Joaquin Valley, CA: 65
Sacramento, CA: 50
San Francisco Bay Area, CA: 48

Maximum Number of Applications Eligible Entities Can Submit per Nonattainment Area
Allegheny County, PA: 2
Fairbanks, AK: 2
Imperial County, CA: 2
Klamath Falls, OR: 2
Los Angeles-San Bernardino Counties (West Mojave Desert), CA: 2
Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin, CA: 3
Morongo Band of Mission Indians, CA: 2
Nevada County (Western part), CA: 2
Plumas County, CA: 2
Riverside County (Coachella Valley), CA: 2
Sacramento, CA: 2
San Francisco Bay Area, CA: 2
San Joaquin Valley, CA: 4
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