Application Process for EPA’s Climate Pollution Reduction General Competition Implementation Grants

EPA has announced two implementation competitions for Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRGs) – a general competition for applications from states, municipalities, tribes, tribal consortia, and territories, and a competition only for tribes, tribal consortia, and territories. These competitions are open to entities that received planning grants to develop Priority Climate Action Plans (PCAPs) under phase 1 of the CPRG program, as well as entities that did not directly receive a planning grant that are applying for funds to implement measures included in an applicable PCAP. Eligible applicants may only apply for funding to implement measures contained in an applicable PCAP.

Below are the suggested steps you should follow to apply for the General Competition by the deadline of April 1, 2024, by 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Steps to apply

To track these 6 suggested steps, you can use this CPRG General Competition Implementation Grants Application Checklist (provided by EPN and Anese & Associates) with links to Mandatory and Optional Documents and additional resources (provided by EPN, Anese & Associates, Climate Justice Alliance, ClimateXChange, and the Conveners Network). Using the CPRG General Competition Implementation Grants Application Checklist can help you divvy up sections among partners, track your work, and mark sections as complete. All of the sections on this checklist need to be included in your final application.

Step One If You Are Not Already, Register for and – by Friday, December 22

You must be registered with (and have your Unique Entity Identification (UEID)) and Registering can take weeks (if not months).

To register on,* go hereFor help, access the registration checklist and EPN’s registration webinar. In addition, EPN holds registration office hours every two weeks on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m. ET. We’ll help you begin, continue, or finish up your registration process. To sign up and get the Zoom link, go to Please email with any questions. 

Also, please review the Intro to Understanding User Roles and Learning Workspace – User Roles and Workspace Actions to assist with application submission.

To register at,* go here. For help, use the registration checklist and watch this Youtube video.

If you need additional help, send us an email.

*To check your registration status, go here for, and here for

Step Two Review EPA Resources – by Friday, January 12

A: Carefully read the CPRG summary and the entire General Implementation Notice of Funding Opportunity to ensure that your project is a good fit. You can also access an overview of both the Tribal and Territories and General competitions here, created by the University of Minnesota-led Region 5 Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center.

B: Double check the CPRG Eligibility on page 17.

C: Read the General Implementation Qs and As.

D: Watch the General Implementation webinars: Sept. 21st Webinar and Oct. 3rd Webinar.

E: Read the Sept. 21st webinar slides.

F: Check out the CPRG Training, Tools, and Technical Assistance.

G. Email questions to about the NOFO.

H. Sign up for the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants program newsletter to receive announcements about future implementation grant application webinars.

Submit Optional NOI and Solidify Partners & Envision – by Friday, February 1

A. Submit the optional Notice of Intent (NOI) (Page 1 of the NOFO) to apply by the deadline of February 1, 2024, via email to

B: Solidify your partners and collectively envision your proposal.

C: Schedule a time to speak with your partners and brainstorm about your proposal.

D: Read through the CPRG Project Narrative Template and Sample Project Narrative (provided by Anese & Associates). Create a copy of the Template, in Google Docs, that all partners can access. 

E: Divvy up sections of the project using the Project Narrative Template (see instructions below, Step 4) and Mandatory and Optional Documents (see instructions below, Step 5) among partners.

Step Four Lead Applicants Submit PCAPs and Read, Write, and Review the Project Narrative – by Friday, March 1

A. If you are a lead organizations for a CPRG planning grant, we recommend that you submit a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) as the first deliverable under the CPRG Planning Grant as soon as possible (ASAP!) to allow time for you to focus on the Implementation Grants application, which includes GHG reduction measures identified in the PCAP.

B. If you did not directly receive a planning grant but are eligible to seek funding to implement one or more GHG reduction measures that are included in an applicable PCAP, EPA will publicly post all PCAPs received on the CPRG website, and you can access the list of CPRG Planning grant contact information for states, municipalities, and Tribes here (the list will continue to be udpated on the CPRG Planning Grant Information page).

C: Complete the Summary Project Cover Sheet. If preferred, use the Sample Project Cover Sheet provided by EPA.

D: Access the optional General Competition Workplan Outline to organize the Workplan and ensure that all sections (corresponding with the evaluation criteria) outlined in the NOFO are addressed.

E: Write the full Project Narrative using the Project Narrative Template, and refer to the Sample Project Narrative as needed.

F: Write the budget narrative, which can be completed in the same document as the Cover Sheet and Workplan or in a separate file. Remember, this does not count toward the 25-page Workplan limit.

G: Create the Technical Appendix. Again, this can be included in the same document as the Cover Sheet and Workplan or in a separate file, and it doesn’t count toward the 25-page Workplan limit.

H: Review your Project Narrative using the CPRG Evaluation Criteria to ensure that all requirements have been met in each section and that all possible points should be awarded.

Step Five Complete Mandatory and Optional Documents – by Friday, March 22

A: Create the following Mandatory Documents, all of which should be completed directly in

Application for Federal Assistance (SF-424)
Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs (SF-424A)
EPA Form 4700-4 Preaward Compliance Review Report
– EPA Key Contacts Form 5700-54
Program Narrative: Use the “Project Narrative Attachment Form” to submit the file. This is a PDF of your Project Narrative document (25 page max), which includes the Project Cover Sheet, Workplan, the Budget Narrative and Technical Appendix (Budget Narrative and Technical Appendix can also be submitted as PDFs via the Other Attachments Form). Lobbying Form
Standard Form LLL, Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Required if applicable)
– PDF copy of the applicable PCAP(s) serving as the basis for the application via the Other Attachments Form.
– Use the Other Attachments Form to attach a Letter of Intent from each coalition member if you are submitting a coalition application.
– Attach a list of Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool (CEJST) Census tract IDs or EPA’s EJScreen Census block group IDs for each community that may be affected by a proposed measure in the application via the Other Attachments Form.

B: Create the Optional Documents and submit directly to 

Use the Other Attachmnents Form to submit the optional GHG emission reduction calculations spreadsheet. 
Use the Other Attachmnents Form to submit the optional budget spreadsheet (see a sample budget spreadsheet) for budget narrative.
– Use the Other Attachmnents Form to submit team biographies: Resumes or curriculum vitae for key staff, managers, and any other key personnel.
– Use the Other Attachmnents Form to submit Letters of Commitment from potential partnerships (Encouraged)

C: Review your application using the CPRG Evaluation Criteria to again ensure that all requirements have been met in each section and that all possible points should be awarded.

Step 6 Illustration Review and Submit – by Wednesday, March 27

Although the deadline is Monday, April 1, plan to submit to, ideally by Wednesday, March 27, to give yourself time to troubleshoot if you have any difficulty submitting. These step-by-step instructions and video can help. Please plan to set aside at least three hours to submit your application to

A: To begin the submission process, go to and click the red “Apply” button at the top of the “view grant opportunity” page associated with this opportunity.

B: Upload your application, including:

C: Submit and confirm that all verifications & confirmations from are received & saved.

D: Take …a nap!

*Special thanks to Jaimie Lewis and staff at Anese & Associates for creating elements of the Checklist, including the Project Narrative Template, sample Project Narrative, sample Technical Appendix and Budget Narrative, Optional Budget Spreadsheet and sample, and Memorandum of Agreement; to Holly Baker of Climate Justice Alliance for creating the Commitment Letter template; to ClimateXChange for their webinar and recap article on climate action planning best practice; and to the Conveners Network for their PCAP template.