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EPA: Wildfire Smoke Preparedness in Community Buildings


The Environmental Protection Agency is soliciting applications from eligible entities to improve public health protection against smoke from wildfires by enhancing preparedness in community buildings.

Donor Name: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

State: All States

County: All Counties

U.S. Territories: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and  Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 05/09/2023

Size of the Grant: $2,000,000

Grant Duration: 3 years


Program Goals and Objectives

EPA is requesting applications from eligible entities to conduct demonstrations, technical assistance, training, education and/or outreach projects that seek to improve public health protection against smoke from wildfires by enhancing preparedness in community buildings. EPA is requesting applications for the assessment, prevention, control, or abatement of wildfire smoke hazards and related activities that target public buildings and/or buildings that serve the public, but privately owned or operated.

Activities will improve the capability and capacity of communities and buildings to effectively reduce indoor concentrations of air pollutants in wildfire smoke, especially PM. This may include improvements to building structures, and increasing the capacity of building owners, operators, service providers, occupants, and others to effectively manage buildings during wildfire smoke events. Specific activities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Smoke Readiness Planning to develop specific plans, procedures, and decision-making frameworks at the building or community level to be implemented before and during wildfire smoke events.
  • Outreach activities such as translation and culturally appropriate adaptation of wildfire smoke preparedness materials, or targeted outreach to members of the public through community organizations and institutions.
  • Technical training on the effectiveness and implementation of ventilation and filtration strategies for wildfire smoke mitigation in different types of buildings with various HVAC systems.
  • Deployment of portable air cleaners or DIY air cleaners for use in community buildings.
  • Indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring to evaluate the effectiveness of wildfire smoke mitigation activities.
  • Identification and initial preparation of community cleaner air spaces or cleaner air shelters.
  • Significant improvements to buildings such as upgrades and repairs to HVAC units or systems and weatherization. Such activities should include training and planning elements to ensure that improvements are properly maintained and operated.’’ ‘

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $10,670,000
  • Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
  • Award Floor: $100,000

Period of Performance

The estimated period of performance for awards resulting from this solicitation will be up to 3 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In accordance with Assistance Listing No. 66.044 and EPA’s Policy for Competition of Assistance Agreements (EPA Order § 5700.5A1), competition under this solicitation is available to states (including the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and possessions); federally recognized Tribes, public pre-schools, local educational agencies, and public and private non-profit organizations.
  • Consistent with 20 U.S.C. § 7801(30), the term “local educational agency” means a public board of education or other public authority legally constituted within a State for either administrative control or direction of, or to perform a service function for, public elementary schools or secondary schools in a city, county, township, school district, or other political subdivision of a State, or of or for a combination of school districts or counties that is recognized in a State as an administrative agency for its public elementary schools or secondary schools. Consistent with the definition of local government at, the term public pre-school means any pre-kindergarten program that is funded by any unit of government within a state, including a school district.
  • Consistent with the definition of Nonprofit organization at 2 CFR § 200.1, the term nonprofit organization means any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest and is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization. The term includes tax-exempt nonprofit neighborhood and labor organizations. Non-profit institutions of higher education are eligible to apply. Hospitals operated by state, tribal, or local governments or that meet the definition of nonprofit are eligible to apply as nonprofits or as instrumentalities of the unit of government depending on the applicable law. For-profit colleges, universities, trade schools, and hospitals are ineligible. Nonprofit organizations that are not exempt from taxation under section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code must submit other forms of documentation of nonprofit status; such as certificates of incorporation as nonprofit under state or tribal law. Nonprofit organizations exempt from taxation under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that lobby are not eligible for EPA funding as provided in the Lobbying Disclosure Act, 2 U.S.C. § 1611.
  • For-profit organizations are not an eligible entity for this funding opportunity.

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