Posted by: Francis Koster Published: November 30, 2023

Funding to Address Indoor Air Pollution at Schools (Exp. March 19, 2024)

Overview of Grant Program

EPA studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be two to five times — and occasionally more than 100 times — higher than outdoor levels. Often, indoor air quality (IAQ) is poor because indoor sources of air pollution, like mold, are not controlled and pollutant levels can become concentrated without adequate ventilation to fresh outdoor air.  Indoor pollution in schools is a particular concern because children’s developing bodies breathe more air in proportion to their body weight than adults.

Failure to prevent or respond promptly to IAQ problems can increase long- and short-term health effects for students and staff, increase absenteeism, reduce academic performance, and shorten the lifespan and effectiveness of facility systems and equipment. Examples of the health effects of indoor air pollution include coughing, respiratory diseases, allergic reactions, and aggravated asthma.

Purpose

Grantees will assist K-12 schools in low-income, disadvantaged, and Tribal communities in the development and adoption of comprehensive IAQ management plans to address air pollution and energy efficiency consistent with EPA’s recommended best practices.

Eligible Applicants

Grants will be distributed on a competitive basis to states, territories, Indian Tribes, nonprofit organizations, and local governments and educational agencies.

Entities with experience conducting national, regional, or multi-state IAQ management capacity building programs, providing IAQ training, executing IAQ research in school settings, or disseminating IAQ standards/policies that have achieved positive outcomes – especially with schools and Tribal entities – are encouraged to apply.

Eligible Activities

Eligible applicants may seek funding for two or more of the four project areas listed below:

  • IAQ and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reduction Capacity Building targeting facility management staff, health officers, and key decision makers at K-12 schools and/or school districts in low-income and disadvantaged communities (Project Area 1), or in Tribal communities (Project Area 2).
  • IAQ and GHG Reduction Training and Education Campaign for facility management staff and health officers at K-12 schools and school districts in low-income, disadvantaged, and Tribal communities, and/or the development of qualified K-12 school staff necessary to execute comprehensive IAQ and GHG Reduction Plans.
  • IAQ and GHG Reduction Research and Demonstration Projects in K-12 schools located in low-income, disadvantaged, and/or Tribal communities.

Funding Amounts

Total estimated funding is $32,000,000. EPA anticipates awarding four to six grants of $5,000,000 to $8,000,000 to support five years of IAQ activities. The final number and value of grants awarded through this funding opportunity will be subject to the availability of funds, the quality of applications received, and other applicable considerations.

Important Dates

January 25, 2024 and February 12, 2024:  Informational Webinars

March 19, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET:   Notice of Funding Opportunity Closes

For more details on this funding opportunity, please review Grant Funding to Address Indoor Air Pollution at Schools, the full Notice of Funding Opportunity (epa.gov), and Q&A - Funding to Address Indoor Air Pollution at Schools. For further questions, please contact IAQSchools@epa.gov.

Funding Opportunity Number:  EPA-R-OAR-APS-24-02

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