The U.S. EPA's Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program is a $5 billion investment that provides states, local governments, and tribal nations with resources to plan and implement reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollution.
Identifying priorities for climate action
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently received a $3 million planning grant to strategically advance the state's Climate Action Framework and enable the state, tribal nations, and local governments to access competitive implementation funding through the CPRG program. The first step is to develop a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) that will unlock eligibility for federal implementation dollars.
The PCAP will use Minnesota’s Climate Action Framework as a foundation to describe near-term actions that state, tribal nations, and local governments can take to reduce climate pollution. The plan will also include an analysis of climate action benefits for low-income and disadvantaged communities, including air quality, economic, and health outcomes.
This plan will cover the entire state, enabling eligible entities within Minnesota to apply for competitive funding to implement projects that reduce climate pollution through the program. To be eligible for funding, implementation activities must be described in the PCAP.
As part of the development process, we want to hear you from to ensure your priorities and projects are represented in the PCAP.
- September/October 2023:
- Conduct outreach and receive feedback that will inform a draft of the Priority Climate Action Plan.
- Develop initial greenhouse gas quantification of actions.
- EPA to release information about implementation grant phase.
- November 2023: Release a draft PCAP for public input.
- December 2023/January 2024:
- Collect input and feedback on the draft.
- Refine greenhouse gas quantification and develop benefits analysis.
- February 2024: Develop & share a final PCAP.
- March 2024: PCAP is submitted to the EPA.
- April 1, 2024: Deadline for local governments and tribal nations to apply for project funding available through the CPRG.
Visit our engagement page (scroll to 'Files' section) to watch a series webinars with more information about the CPRG program.