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Equipment cache grants

We administer a grant program to help local emergency response organizations prepare for spills. Our grant program helps local communities that are at risk for oil and hazardous materials spills secure equipment and training to effectively respond to incidents.

Washington has seen a dramatic shift in oil transportation recently, both in the types of oil and in the locations where large quantities of oil is transported. These changes affect the risks associated with oil transportation, and many communities don't have basic response resources for oil spills and hazardous materials incidents. To help solve this problem, we're providing equipment and training grants to emergency responders.

We evaluate and assess current available resources and the need for response equipment in specific locations. Grant funds are awarded based on need and coordinated to maximize the benefits of existing equipment and resources.

A workgroup assists with developing the grant program. This group consists of first responders, oil spill response cooperatives, oil and rail industry representatives, and businesses that receive liquid bulk crude oil.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: Funding allocated to Ecology for this program will be determined after the 2018 Legislative Session.
  • Funding allocated:
  • Grant award limit: Grant funding may not exceed a total of $100,000 without approval from Ecology's Funding Coordinator for this grant.
  • Amount of matching funds required: There are no match requirements. Grant awards will cover 100 percent of eligible costs of the grant offer amount.
Application information

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Grant applications accepted:

Start date: Oct 2, 2017
End date: Nov 30, 2017

Application process

The application period for the 2017–2019 Equipment Grant application period opened on October 2, 2017 and closed on November 30, 2017. Funding available for grants in the 2017–2019 Biennium has not been determined by the Washington State Legislature. Funding allocated to Ecology for this program will be determined after the 2018 Legislative Session.

Who's eligible Eligible project types

Additional information about this funding program

Guidance and application information

Ownership and usage of equipment

Grantees will own their equipment. In the event of a nearby spill, grant recipients are not obligated to deploy the equipment. If the equipment is not in use, grant recipients must allow Ecology or approved responders to access the equipment.