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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).

About the Program

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.

The funds for this grant program are appropriated to the TCEQ by the Legislature and are subject to change annually. The first grant round will be approximately $4,420,000 which includes an additional $4,000,000 appropriated for the 2016/2017 biennium. Future grants will be approximately $210,000 annually based on fee revenue received. Because of this, the TCEQ encourages LEPCs to use this grant round to establish large projects or plans that can be used in multiple years or shared with other LEPCs.

Timeline

This grant round for the Texas LEPC Grant Program is currently closed. Please join our email update list below to be notified when the new grant round opens.

Documents

The Local Emergency Planning Committee Grant Program Application Guidelines details key points of the grant. 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.

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Link

Local Emergency Planning Committee Grant Program Application Guidelines Adobe PDF
Texas LEPC Grant Program Application Form Adobe PDF
Texas LEPC Grant Program Budget Information Sheet Excel
TDEM 151 Form https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/internetforms/Forms/TDEM-151.pdf
Texas LEPC Grant Program Sample Contract Adobe PDF

Submission Information

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)

Join Our E-mail Update List

Sign up to receive e-mail updates on the Texas LEPC Grant Program.
Select Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) under the Tier II heading.

Additional Information About the Grant

Eligibility

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

Application

What do I need to submit to apply?
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

What can be purchased using grant funds?

Reporting Requirements

What are the reporting requirements for this grant?

Return to the Tier II Chemical Reporting Program page.