As part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is administering a new grant program to combat damaging climate pollution by reducing pollution. The Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program will use funding to provide grants to states, local governments, tribes and territories to develop climate action plans and implement projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — carbon dioxide, hydrofluorocarbons, methane, nitrous oxide, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride.
EPA’s CPRG program has two phases: planning and implementation. During the planning phase, state and local agencies will receive grant funds to develop climate action plans that identify emissions reduction measures. The program requires developing two plans, a Priority Climate Action Plan and a Comprehensive Climate Action Plan. The content of these plans will overlap broadly and include an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, quantified emissions reduction measures and benefit analysis for affected populations. During the implementation phase, EPA will award grant funding to implement the identified measures. Only emissions reduction measures identified in the climate action plans will be considered eligible for implementation funding.