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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 $200,000 total for all awards. Subject to TCEQ discretion, first time applicants may be eligible to receive larger award amounts than LEPCs that have previously received awards under this program. There is no limit on how much each LEPC can apply for, however, grantees should be aware that grants this year will be significantly lower than last year and will be awarded as funding is available.

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 for 2019 Grant Round

This timeline gives an overview of events that will occur during this grant round. This timeline is subject to change. The purpose of this timeline is to assist in planning for grantees. There are deadlines in this process that may be difficult for some LEPCs to meet. If that is the case, let the TCEQ Grant Manager know as soon as you anticipate an issue.

  1. This grant round is currently closed and is no longer accepting grant applications at this time.
  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 to allow upfront funding within 30 days of receiving your notice to proceed email.
  4. 1st Quarter Financial Status Report (Report Period: September 1, 2018 – November 30, 2018) – Due by December 15th
  5. 2nd Quarter Financial Status Report (Report Period: December 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019) – Due by March 15th
  6. 3rd and Final Quarter Financial Status Report (Report Period: March 1, 2019 – May 31, 2019) – Due by June 15th
  7. Purchasing Extension Requests Due: by May 1, 2019
  8. Purchasing deadline: by May 31, 2019
  9. Contract Extension Requests Due: by August 1, 2019
  10. Contract End Date: August 31, 2019

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 Deanna Sivek, MC 177
PO Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087

Electronic:
LEPCGRANTS@tceq.texas.gov

Contact Us

Deanna Sivek
Grant Coordinator
Main Line:
512-239-1510
Direct Line:
512-239-5074
Email:
lepcgrants@tceq.texas.gov (put “Attn: Deanna Sivek” in the subject line)

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Select Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) under the Tier II heading.

Additional Information About the Grant

Eligibility

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Who is an eligible LEPC?
Is there a match required for the Texas LEPC Grant Program?

Application

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Where can I access the TDEM 151 form?
When are grant applications due?
Who has signatory authority as an Authorized Official on the grant application?
Will joint county applications be accepted?

Use of Funds

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Reporting Requirements

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