May 2017 EPA Funding Opportunities

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May 2017 – More Than $103 Million in Funding and Technical Assistance Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments

More than $103 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Federal Transit Authority (FTA), National Park Service (NPS), and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that can be used to support climate and energy initiatives, including economic development, sustainable communities, green infrastructure, and water efficiency. For full eligibility and application details, please visit the links provided below.

In addition, please visit the calendar of 2017 EPA grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to communities.


EPA Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program FY 2017 – $11 million

  • Applications Due: June 20, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

EPA announced funding for projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions in terms of tons of pollution produced by diesel engines and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets operating at or servicing goods movement facilities located in areas designated as having poor air quality. Projects can include solutions from vehicle aerodynamic technologies and other fuel efficiency measures.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


FTA FY 2017 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Grant – $55 million

  • Applications Due: June 26, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State and local governments

FTA announced funding for the purchase or lease of low or no emission vehicles as well as related equipment or facilities. Projects can include either leased or purchased vehicles used for transit revenue operations. Costs covered in a project may include the necessary acquisition, construction, and leasing costs, such as hiring and training new staff. FTA may award additional funding that is made available to the program prior to the announcement of project selections.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


NPS Community Assistance in Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Program – Funding TBD

  • Applications Due: June 30, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

NPS announced funding to support recreation and conservation projects through its Rails, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program. Through the RTCA program, the National Park Service helps organize, strategize, build public participation and partnerships, and implement a conservation and/or recreation project that is important to your community. Consideration will be given to projects that have specific goals and results for conservation and recreation in the near future, have broad community support, and that advance the NPS mission.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.


FWS Coastal Program - $14 million 

  • Applications Due: September 30, 2017
  • Eligible Entities: State, local, and tribal governments

FWS announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases.

For more information, visit the funding opportunity description.