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Worcester, MA-CT Metro Area

The Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) is now available for review!

We invite you to review the Greater Worcester Priority Climate Action Plan and send any comments or questions to for consideration during the development phase of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP).

About the Grant

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. 

Grant Updates

Currently, staff have completed the Greater Worcester Priority Climate Action Plan. Please review the document and provide any comments or questions to to be considered during the planning phase of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP). 

Upcoming Events

For any upcoming events regarding the development of the Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) and other related events, please go to our Calendar page of this website. 

Project Area

CPRG Project Area


  1. Benefits-cost analysis of actions that will help reduce climate pollution throughout Central Massachusetts and North-Eastern Connecticut.

  2. Engage with Environmental Justice (EJ) communities to ensure that historically overburdened communities have access to climate investment funds. CMRPC will provide targeted outreach to EJ communities through in-person forums, surveys (online & paper), and by input through a committee.

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


  • Grant Awarded - Summer 2023

  • PCAP Deadline - Submitted March, 2024

  • CCAP Deadline - Summer 2025

  • Status Report - Summer 2027

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Become part of our emissions reduction planning effort! CMRPC is leading the EPA's CPRG Grant Program process within Central MA and Eastern CT. Sign up below to be included in invitations to upcoming CPRG CCAP public workshops.

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