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Subject 391-7-1 GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Rule 391-7-1-.01 Pollution Prevention Action Grant Program

(1) Purpose. The Pollution Prevention Action Grant Program was established to provide matching grants to business, industry, government, academia, and other organizations to promote and implement pollution prevention concepts, measures, and technologies.
(a) Pursuant to O.C.G.A. 12-8-182(c)the Board of Natural Resources approved the Action Grant Program.
(2) Eligibility.
(a) Only proposals dealing with pollution prevention through source reduction and/or recycling may be considered.
(b) Eligible projects shall include, but are not limited to, education, technology transfer, inventory control, improved operating practices, material substitution, process modification, in-process recycling, and reuse.
(c) Proposals based on waste treatment, waste disposal, or product development are not eligible.
(d) Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, manufacturing/service companies, trade associations, state agencies, colleges and universities, county and local governments, school systems, and nonprofit organizations.
(3) Selection Process and Criteria.
(a) Proposals shall be evaluated by the technical and administrative staff of P2AD and such outside experts as requested by the Director of P2AD. Parties evaluating Action Grant proposals shall provide written recommendations to the Director of P2AD.
(b) Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
(i) technical, scientific, or educational merit
(ii) qualifications of key personnel
(iii) severity of problem addressed
(iv) long-term commitment to goals of project
(v) ability to successfully administer the grant, including ability to provide matching funds
(vi) transferability of information
(vii) potential impact on organizations with similar problems
(viii) need for assistance
(ix) benefit to the work of P2AD
(4) Funding.
(a) Projects approved for funding may receive a maximum award of $40,000.
(b) Grant recipients shall provide a minimum of one-to-one matching funds either through direct cash or in-kind contributions. In-kind contributions may include staff salary, equipment purchases, laboratory analysis, consultant fees, or other in-kind contributions approved by the Director of P2AD.
(5) Administrative Requirements.
(a) Grant recipients shall enter into a Cooperative Agreement with P2AD. The Cooperative Agreement shall include financial and technical reporting requirements, a scope of work, rights to technical information, and a schedule for the payment of grant funds.
(b) Recipients shall submit a Final Report to P2AD at the completion of the project. The Final Report shall include the steps taken to implement the project, lessons learned, and recommendations for implementing the project in other industries and organizations.