On Monday, March 20, the MMA will host a free webinar about a new two-stage federal grant program that will use nearly $5 billion in Inflation Reduction Act investments to deploy greenhouse gas reduction strategies across the nation.

The first tranche of funding from the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants program is $250 million in noncompetitive planning grants to states, local governments, tribes and territories to develop innovative strategies to reduce climate pollution and build clean energy economies. The program provides flexible planning resources for grant recipients to develop and implement scalable solutions that protect people from pollution and advance environmental justice.

Each of the 67 most populous metropolitan areas in the country are eligible to receive $1 million, including two Massachusetts-based areas: the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH MSA, which covers 188 municipalities, and the Worcester, MA-CT MSA, which covers 48. Municipalities outside of these metropolitan areas will have the opportunity to collaborate with their state on planning and be eligible to apply for implementation funding activities identified in the state’s plan.

Letters from David Cash, Region 1 administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, further explain the program.

View the Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH letter
View the Worcester, MA-CT letter

The MMA webinar, to be held from noon to 1 p.m., will allow municipal leaders from these metropolitan areas to hear from EPA Region 1 staff, review key application details, and ask questions.

Register for the March 20 MMA webinar