Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Congress provided EPA with a one-time supplemental appropriation of $100 million to address health outcome disparities from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. EPA will make a portion of these funds available to enhance air quality monitoring in and near underserved communities across the United States. EPA is competing $20 million of these funds for projects to monitor air pollutants of greatest concern in communities with adverse health outcome disparities through the process outlined in this solicitation. EPA will award funds to eligible entities to support community and local efforts to monitor their own air quality and to promote air quality monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and local governments.
EPA’s objective in issuing these awards is to enable communities to monitor their own air quality and to promote monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and/or local governments that:
- Leverage existing air quality monitoring expertise;
- Expand use of community monitoring advisory groups and other approaches that give the community a voice in the monitoring of their air quality; and
- Build a foundation of trusting relationships and enhanced understanding from which sustainable solutions to community air pollution problems can be found.
Applications should include detailed, well thought-out projects for enhancing air quality monitoring, including but not limited to: building capacity and knowledge of local-scale, realtime air quality; measuring levels of certain air pollutants; collecting data in situations where there is persistent and complex air pollution (e.g., wildfires); or advancing air monitoring system resiliency.
Attend the Funding Opportunity Information Session on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM (EST). Registration is not required. Join the meeting using Zoom.
Read the full Notice of Funding Opportunity here: EPA-OAR-OAQPS-22-01-Revised2-2021-12-15.pdf
All initial proposals/applications submitted for EPA assistance agreement awards must be submitted using Grants.gov here.