U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)


The mission of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to protect human health and the environment. The agency offers a variety of grant, technical assistance, and capacity-building programs to help communities clean up pollution and prepare contaminated sites for development; build water infrastructure, including green infrastructure; increase energy efficiency; and implement smart growth approaches to development that expand economic opportunity, protect clean air and water, and enhance residents’ quality of life.


Grants and Loans

Pollution Control Grant Program (Clean Water Act Section 106)

Grants to states, interstate agencies, and eligible federally-recognized Indian tribes to assist in the development and implementation of water pollution control programs. Grants may be used to fund water quality planning and assessments, the development of water quality standards, ground water and wetland protection, nonpoint source control, and other activities.

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Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Financial assistance to eligible nonprofit organizations and tribal governments to build collaborative partnerships, identify local environmental and public health issues, envision solutions, and empower the community through education, training, and outreach.

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Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants

These grants support state and tribal programs and projects, by providing funds through a competitive process to organizations and local governments. Projects have included activities related to agriculture, ground water protection, forestry, urban storm water runoff, and others.

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Targeted Watersheds Grants Program

Designed to encourage successful community-based approaches and management techniques to protect and restore the nation’s watersheds. The Targeted Watersheds Grant program is a competitive grant program focused on supporting multi-faceted plans for protecting and restoring water resources that are developed using partnership efforts of diverse stakeholders.

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Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

Provide permanent sources of low cost financing for a range of water quality infrastructure projects such as traditional wastewater treat¬ment and collection, nonpoint source and estuary management, green infrastructure, and capital improvements to public drinking water systems.

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Brownfield and Land Revitalization Funding

EPA has a variety of programs to help communities assess, remediate, and restore brownfield sites to productive use and revitalize affected neighborhoods.

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Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE)

CARE is designed to complement national regulatory approaches and meet community needs by building the capacity of communities to understand and take effective actions at the local level to address existing environmental concerns in all environmental media. The program provides funding, information, training, technical support, and help to build collaborative local partnerships, improved access to voluntary programs and address community environmental concerns.

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Governors’ Institute on Community Design

Assists governors and state leaders as they make investments in their communities and guide growth and development in their states. Governors’ Institute
technical assistance is designed to provide state leaders with practical strategies to create vibrant, economically competitive communities; highlight the connections between economic development, transportation, land use, housing, energy and the environment; bring together a broad range of decision-makers to catalyze coordinated action among state agencies; and encourage increased cooperation between state and local governments. EPA supports the Governors’ Institute through a cooperative agreement.

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Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program

Technical assistance to state, local, regional, and tribal governments that want to develop in ways that protect the environment, use resources efficiently, create economic opportunities, and provide good quality of life. National experts work with selected communities to explore barriers to smart growth implementation and pilot innovative approaches to development.

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State and Local Climate and Energy Program

Assist local governments meet multiple environmental and economic goals with cost-effective climate change mitigation and clean energy strategies.
EPA provides local governments with peer exchange training opportunities along with planning, policy, technical, and analytical information that supports reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Green Infrastructure Funding Resources

Compilation of funding resources to help communities fund green infrastructure projects.

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Resources for State and Local Governments

Database with financial and in-kind resources for state and local governments.

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