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Texas Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Grant Program

The Texas LEPC Grant Program is an opportunity for LEPCs to receive grant funds to help implement the requirements of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

The Texas Legislature transferred the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) from the Texas Department of State Health Services in the 84th Texas Legislative Session. The statutory requirements for the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program can be found in the Texas Health and Safety Code 505.016(d), 506.017(d), and 507.013(d). These chapters authorize up to 20% of chemical reporting fees to be awarded as grants to the LEPCs to assist them in fulfilling their responsibilities under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA).

Eligibility and Award Amounts

The funds for the Texas LEPC Grant Program are appropriated to the TCEQ by the Legislature and are subject to change annually. This grant round is up to $420,000 total for all awards. Applications requesting a total of less than $10,000 will not be considered. Priority will be given to first time grantees and to LEPCs with fewer than 250 facilities.

This grant will allow LEPCs to establish, maintain, and/or improve their implementation of EPCRA. Only LEPCs that are officially recognized by the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) are eligible for this grant.

Timeline and Deadlines

  1. The application deadline is December 2, 2022.
  2. Grant Contracts will be sent out for signature to applicants who receive awards. A signed contract must be returned to the TCEQ within 30 days.
  3. Submit initial Financial Status Report (FSR) to allow upfront funding within 30 days of receiving your notice to proceed email.
  4. Quarterly Reports must be completed for each of the reporting periods specified below. The first quarterly report will have the same effective date as the contract, but match the end date of the applicable quarter. For example, if your contract is effective on March 25, your first quarterly report will be from March 25 to May 31 and be due on June 15.
  5. Quarterly Financial Status Report for March 1 to May 31 – Due by June 15
  6. Quarterly Financial Status Report for June 1 to August 31 – Due by September 15
  7. Quarterly Financial Status Report for September 1 to November 30 – Due by December 15
  8. Quarterly Financial Status Report for December 1 to February 28/29 – Due by March 15
  9. Purchasing deadline: by August 31, 2024
  10. Contract Extension Requests Due: by July 1, 2024
  11. Contract End Date: August 31, 2024

Application Forms

The Texas LEPC Grant Program Application Form, Texas LEPC Grant Program Budget Information Sheet, and the TDEM 151 Form are required to be submitted to apply for the Texas LEPC Grant Program. The Texas LEPC Grant Program Sample Contract is included for reference purposes only.

Send to:

Mail:
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Attention Brian Holmes, MC 177
PO Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Electronic:
LEPCGRANTS@tceq.texas.gov

Contact Us

Brian Holmes
Grant Manager
Main Line:
(512) 239-1510
Direct Line:
(512) 239-5068
Email:
lepcgrants@tceq.texas.gov (put “Attn: Brian Holmes” in the subject line)

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Additional Information About the Grant

Eligibility

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Application

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Use of Funds

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Reporting Requirements

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