Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program

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The stakeholder input period is closed.  Thanks to all who filled out our survey and commented. ​ Stakeholder input is being used in Maryland's Priority Climate Action Plan and state-led Implementation Grants.​


Register for a monthly MDE information and Q&A session:​ The Maryland Department of the Environment is hosting monthly public virtual sessions to provide information​, answer questions, and gather input from stakeholders related to CPRG. Dates for the online sessions are:

December 12, 2023  (3:00 - 4:00 pm)​
January 8, 2024  (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)​​
February 12, 2024  (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)
March 20, 2024  (1:00 - 2:00 pm)

Overview

The EPA's Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program, authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act, provides $5 billion in grants to states, local governments, tribes, and territories to develop and implement plans for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other harmful air pollution. The Maryland Department of the Environment is leading the state planning grant for Maryland with a statewide focus and regional coordination. 

EPA's Planning areas

CPRG Planning areas were designated by the EPA and include both statewide and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) regional planning.  In Maryland, there are four CPRG planning grants, as designated by the EPA, that cover specified counties and municipalities:  

  • State of Maryland: Statewide coordination and planning led by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) with a Local Support Program for the following counties: Allegany, Calvert, Caroline, Dorchester, Garrett, Kent, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Washington, Wicomico, and Worcester    

  • Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD: Led by Baltimore Metropolitan Council for the following counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll,  Harford, Howard, Queen Anne’s 
    • Contact: Sara Tomlinson, stomlinson@baltometro.org

  • ​Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD: Led by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission for Cecil County
    • Contact: Elizabeth Compitello, ecompitello@dvrpc.org

  • Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: Led by the DC Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and supported by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments for the following counties Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s ​
    • ​Contact: Jeffrey King, DMVClimatePartners@mwcog.org 
CPRG Local Support Program 

The Maryland CPRG Local Support Program assists counties and their municipalities in identifying high-priority GHG emissions reduction projects with important social, ecological, and economic co-benefits and builds capacity across all of Maryland for project planning, design, financing, implementation, and tracking. Program support may include county-specific outreach, technical support including consultation, facilitation services, and grant writing.​

MDE's support program specifically assists counties and their municipalities that are not covered by a CPRG MSA planning grant. They are:

  • Western Maryland (Garrett, Allegany, Washington counties), 
  • Southern Maryland (Calvert, St. Mary’s counties), and 
  • Eastern Shore (Kent, Talbot, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester counties) 
For questions on the CPRG Local Support Program, please email: climategrants.mde@maryland.go
CPRG Objectives for Maryland

  • Tackle damaging climate pollution while supporting the creation of good jobs and lowering energy costs for families.
  • Accelerate work to address environmental injustice and empower community-driven solutions in overburdened neighborhoods. 
  • Deliver cleaner air by reducing harmful air pollution in places where people live, work, play, and go to school. 
  • Ensure Maryland is competitive for winning federal implementation funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act. 
  • ​Drive successful local-level implementation for high-priority GHG emission reduction programs and projects.  
Maryland’s CPRG Planning Process

Maryland will build on its fifteen years of GHG inventory and reduction planning experience in its approach to the CPRG. Under the CPRG for Planning, the MDE Climate Change Program will expand its GHG emission reduction planning activities and deliverables to publish the following plans and reports: 

  • Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) – submitted March 1, 2024
  • Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) – due 2 years from award (summer-fall 2025)
  • Status Report – due 4 years from award (summer-fall 2027)​

Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) Status Update


Maryland’s PCAP was developed to meet the requirements of the State of Maryland CPRG Planning Grant. The report is based on the following foundational inputs: 

​View the Maryland PCAP.​​


Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) Status Update

After the submission of the CPRG Implementation Grant applications, MDE will provide updates on the development timeline and stakeholder engagement plan for the State of Maryland CCAP on this page. The CCAP will expand on the State of Maryland PCAP. ​

CPRG Implementation Grant Status Update 

The CPRG Implementation Grants are competitive and open to eligible applicants, including states and local governments. CPRG Implementation Grants can include coalition members from across MSAs and states. 

MDE submitted a Notice of Intent to Apply to EPA for the CPRG Implementation Grant on February 1, 2024, for the following: 

Tier B: The Maryland Department of the Environment will lead a coalition application to enhance and accelerat​e Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) implementation with a focus on low-income and disadvantaged communities identified by the Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool. Building electrification, energy efficiency improvements, and other building decarbonization measures will target affordable housing, community-serving, and publicly owned buildings. Buildings Hubs will also be enhanced and leveraged to drive impactful climate pollution reduction.  ​

To submit a Letter of Commitment to MDE in support of this application, please use this "CPRG Clean Buildings LOC Template - partners." 

Tier A: The State of Maryland intends to join a multi-state coalition CPRG Implementation Grant application focused on natural carbon sequestration from highly threatened high-carbon coastal habitats and forests with the greatest potential carbon sequestration potential and/or heat island co-benefit. 

To submit a Letter of Commitment to MDE in support of this application, please use this
"CPRG  Atlantic Conservation Coalition LOC Template - partners" 

MDE is requesting Maryland local governments interested in these applications to reach out to climategrants.mde@maryland.gov.


Contact:
CPRG email: climategrants.mde@maryland.gov 
MDE CPRG lead: Allison Tjaden, allison.tjaden@maryland.gov​, Climate Change Special Projects Manager​

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​Other Resources

Have questions on the Maryland CPRG? Look at the Q & A Document.

Here are compiled Q & As fr​om the first three CPRG virtual sessions. 

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