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Grants to Washington Individuals and Nonprofits to
Remediate Contaminated Sites and Mitigate Industry Waste

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Grants to Washington individuals and nonprofit organizations for projects to clean up environmental pollution and reduce waste in local communities. Funds will be provided for projects that involve the public in local decision-making regarding contaminated site clean-up and restoration, and projects that involve community efforts in mitigating industry and household waste.

Priority consideration for PPGs are given to applicants who meet any of the following criteria:

  • Facilitate public participation in hazardous substance release sites.
  • Facilitate public participation in highly impacted or low-income communities.
  • Have not received PPG funding since July 1, 2017.

Applicants may qualify for any or all of these priorities and will receive additional points in the application evaluation process. 

PPG will fund two basic types of projects:

  • Contaminated site projects (used interchangeably with hazardous substance release sites).
  • Waste management projects

Contaminated Site Projects encourage public involvement in the investigation and cleanup of contaminated sites. To receive priority consideration as a hazardous substance release site, a project must fall into at least one of these three categories: 

  • Involve a site on Ecology’s Hazardous Sites List or Confirmed and Suspected Contaminated Sites List.
  • Involve a hazardous waste facility undergoing remedial action under the Resource.
  • Involve a site on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Priorities List (Superfund). 

For more information on Contaminated Site Projects, see:

Waste Management Projects - The PPG program funds projects that implement the state’s solid and hazardous waste priorities. Your project must clearly identify a waste problem. The project must have measurable goals that offer practical ways to prevent, solve, or reduce the problem. The project must measure the outcome of those goals.

The waste management priorities related to both solid and hazardous waste are, in descending order:

Hazardous waste:

  1. Waste reduction.
  2. Waste recycling.
  3. Physical, chemical, and biological treatment.
  4. Incineration.
  5. Solidification/stabilization treatment.
  6. Landfill.

Solid waste:

  1. Waste reduction.
  2. Recycling, with source separation of recyclable materials as the preferred method.
  3. Energy recovery, incineration, or landfill of separated waste.
  4. Energy recovery, incineration, or landfill of mixed municipal solid wastes.

As the state’s highest priority, waste reduction projects will receive extra points in the evaluation process. The following are examples of waste reduction projects for both solid and hazardous waste:

  • Repair events.
  • Reducing single-use plastic products.
  • Reducing toxins in products and processes.
  • Food waste prevention.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143599

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $120,000.

Term of Contract:

Two years

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible individuals and not-for-profit public interest organizations can apply.

The PPG Program will award funding to either of the following:
- Individuals who may be adversely affected by a release or threatened release of a hazardous substance; or,
- Not-for-profit public interest organizations based in the State of Washington.

Individuals who consider applying should consult with a financial advisor since their funding may be subject to federal and/or state taxation.

The following individuals and organizations will not be eligible for PPG funding:
- Any person potentially liable for a release of a hazardous substance, as defined by RCW 70A.305.040.4
- Local governments, including any political subdivision, regional governmental unit, district, municipal, or public corporation, including cities, towns, and counties. This includes any department within a city, town, special purpose district, or county.
- Federal and state governments or agencies.
- Federally-recognized Indian tribes, as a governing body with the following exceptions: Individual tribal members who may be affected by the release or threatened release of a hazardous substance; and, Not-for-profit tribal organizations.
- Public and private universities.
- Any organization located outside of Washington State.

For information on multiple applications and fiscal sponsors, see:

For ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted 8 AM March 30 through 5 PM April 29, 2021.

To apply, applicants must register with EAGL. When registering for EAGL, please note that it may take up to three business days for Ecology to approve your user request. EAGL is not available from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Mondays. This is EAGL’s scheduled maintenance time. Make sure to save your work and exit the system prior to this time to avoid losing data. For more information on navigating EAGL, see:

Recipients receive payment through the Washington State Office of Financial Management’s Statewide Payee Desk. To receive payment, you must register as a statewide vendor15 by submitting a registration form and an IRS W-9 form. Please be aware that it can take up to 15 days or longer to get a statewide vendor (SWV) number. This number is a required field for the organization to register in EAGL. Organizations must register in EAGL before an application is available.

If you are registering your organization in EAGL for the first time, you will need this information:
- Statewide Vendor Number
- DUNS (Dun & Bradstreet) Number
- Federal tax ID

After selecting grants for funding, Ecology will contact all applicants. Unsuccessful applicants will have the opportunity to schedule a one-hour post-selection assessment. During this time, applicants may review their scores and ask questions to strengthen future applications.

Ecology will publish a list of all applicants, a description of the proposed projects, and the amount awarded to each recipient.

Instructions for registering in EAGL:

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Program Guidelines:

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To register in EAGL:

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Lynn Gooding
PPG Grant Coordinator
Phone: (360) 407-6062

Washington State Department of Ecology -
• Headquarters, Olympia - 360-407-6000
• Northwest Regional Office, Bellevue - 425-649-7000
• Southwest Regional Office, Olympia - 360-407-6300
• Central Regional Office, Union Gap - 509-575-2490
• Eastern Regional Office, Spokane - 509-329-3400

Solid Waste Management Program
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Phone: 360-724-2724

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