Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program

Climate Pollution Reduction Program

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) has been chosen to participate in the EPA's Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program and lead in creating and implementing a regional plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants, including ozone.

The EPA's CPRG program provides $5 billion to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to tackle climate pollution and deliver cleaner air.

Why was MAG chosen?

Climate Pollution Reduction Program

As a Council of Governments, MAG fell within the criteria to apply for Phase I funding. It was awarded a $1 Million planning grant for the Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). That designation allows eligible entities, including MAG's Member Agencies, to apply for Phase II funding.

CPRG Information and Resources

What is MAG's role?

MAG will be the lead agency with oversight and responsibility for managing funds, including developing the budget, climate action plans, coordinating contractor activities, and submitting deliverables to the CPRG program.

Where does the CPRG funding come from?

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 provides an investment of $5 billion to support efforts by states, municipalities, air pollution control agencies, tribes, and groups to develop and implement local greenhouse gas reduction strategies. The two-staged grant program provides funding of $250 million for non-competitive planning grants (Phase I) and $4.6 billion for competitive implementation grants (Phase II).

When will the EPA Release Phase II Funding details?

Notices of funding opportunities (NOFOs) for the second phase of the CPRG program, the $4.6 billion implementation grants phase, are anticipated to be released in September 2023.

The EPA intends to hold two competitions for the $4.6 billion – a general competition and a competition only for tribes and territories.

  • General competition
    EPA anticipates funding a wide variety of measures and is planning to fund individual grants ranging anywhere between $2 million and $500 million. These applications would likely be due on or around April 1, 2024.

  • Tribes and territories competition
    EPA anticipates funding measures with individual grants in the $1 million to $25 million range. These applications will likely be due on or around April 30, 2024.

  • The EPA is expecting to establish funding tiers that will create competition between comparably sized applications.

More information on implementation grants and timing will be available in the coming weeks on the CPRG website.

CPRG Program Timeline

  • EPA Announcement March 1, 2023

    Planning grants announced for all entities and program guidance released

  • NOIP Deadline April 28, 2023

    Deadline for lead organization from MSA to submit "notice of intent to participate"

  • Application Deadline May 31, 2023

    Application/workplan deadline for lead organization from MSA

  • Grants Awarded Summer 2023

    Planning grants awarded, up to $1 million for each of 67 most populous metropolitan areas

  • PCAP Deadline March 1, 2024

    Deadline for Priority Climate Action Plan

  • CCAP Deadline Summer 2025

    Deadline for Comprehensive Climate Action Plan

  • Status Report Deadline Summer 2027

    Deadline for CPRG status report

CPRG Meetings & Events

Planning Grant Program Design

Greenhouse effect

EPA's guiding principles:

  • Achieve broad geographical and population coverage

  • Balance greatest possible coverage of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions sources with equity of access to grant funding

  • Provide planning grants as a vehicle for driving change, and improving coordination across federal funding streams

CPRG Planning Grant Deliverables

Priority Climate Action Plan March 1, 2024

  • A greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory
  • Quantified GHG reduction measures
  • A low-income and disadvantaged communities benefits analysis
  • A review of authority to implement

Comprehensive Climate Action Plan Summer 2025

  • A GHG inventory;
  • GHG emissions projections
  • GHG reduction targets
  • Quantified GHG reduction measures
  • A benefits analysis for the full geographic scope and population covered by the plan
  • A low-income and disadvantaged communities benefits analysis
  • A review of authority to implement
  • A plan to leverage other federal funding
  • A workforce planning analysis

Status Report Summer 2027

  • The implementation status of the quantified GHG reduction measures included in the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP)
  • Any relevant updated analyses or projections supporting CCAP implementation
  • Next steps and future budget/staffing needs to continue CCAP implementation