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CLIMATE POLLUTION REDUCTION GRANT

Worcester, MA-CT Metro Area

ABOUT

The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program funded through the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The program aims to develop regional short and long term climate plans with a goal to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A total of $5 billion is allocated for this program and $250 million to eligible entities as planning grants. A total of $1 million will be allocated to the Worcester, MA-CT Metro Area and the 66 other most populous metropolitan areas in the United States. It is a 4-year planning grant to develop a Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP), Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP), and a Status Report that is due at the end. The Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) is the lead organization. 

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PROJECT AREA

Worcester MA-CT CPRG Grant Area

GOALS

  1. Carry out a benefits-cost analysis of actions that will ultimately reduce climate pollution throughout Central Massachusetts and North-Eastern Connecticut.

  2. Engage with Environmental Justice (EJ) communities to ensure that historically overburdened communities have ample access to climate investment funds. CMRPC will provide targeted outreach to EJ communities through in-person forums, surveys (online & paper), and through an EJ advisory committee formed of EJ community leaders.

  3. Effectively utilize Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funds by comprehensively exploring all climate actions to reduce climate pollution.

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TIMELINE

  • Grant Awarded - Summer 2023

  • Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) Deadline - March 1, 2024

  • Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) Deadline - Summer 2025

  • Status Report - Summer 2027

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