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Air and Radiation Division Funding

Program and Project Grants

Region 5's Air and Radiation Division (ARD) awards most grant funding under two statutory authorities - Clean Air Act (CAA) Sections 103 and 105. The majority of grants for air pollution control activities are awarded under CAA Section 105 and are for continuing air pollution control programs. Most Section 105 grants are awarded to state, and local government environmental agencies. Grants allocated under Section 103 are for air pollution control projects involving research, investigations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, and control of air pollution. Section 103 grants can be awarded to State, Tribal and local agencies, private institutions and organizations such as universities and environmental groups.

ARD also administers grants for promotion of indoor air quality, fine particulate monitoring, radon control, and other projects. The radon assistance grants are awarded under sections 10 and 306 of the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), however these grants are administered by ARD.

Workplans and Performance Partnership Agreements


Traditionally, State’s and other grantees have developed a workplan to accompany the grant application. The workplan describes the air environmental project or program and the desired environmental results and benefits to the recipient, population served, the public, and the environment. The grantee details in the workplan how the scope of work will be accomplished, providing a schedule of activities, progress and milestones that are anticipated over the program/project duration.

Performance Partnerships

In a move to conduct more efficient and effective environmental protection, U.S. EPA and some Region 5 states have established multimedia Environmental Performance Partnership Agreements (EnPPAs) as an alternative to a separate workplan for each grant. Traditionally, states have submitted a different workplan for each media (air, water, waste, etc) and have received multiple media specific grants. Under Performance Partnerships, however, workplans or grants, or both, can be combined. The desired result of the performance Partnership is to allow EPA and the States to focus on environmental achievements and spend less time on administration and management. The EnPPA allows states more flexibility to target resources, particularly toward multimedia environmental problems that cannot be addressed under the traditional single media workplan.
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