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Climate Emissions & Resilience Planning


The Climate Pollution Reduction Grant (CPRG) program provides funding to states through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce emissions.

The CPRG program includes two phases of funding. Phase I provided $250 million for noncompetitive planning grants, of which states were eligible for $3 million each. Phase II includes $4.6 billion in competitive implementation grants. To be eligible to receive Phase II funding, projects must be included in a climate action plan developed with funding from a Phase I grant. Learn more on EPA's CPRG program page.

Governor Gianforte designated DEQ as the lead agency to receive Montana's planning grant and to facilitate a broad public planning process. The resulting Climate Action Plan will include strategies to reduce emissions and support thriving Montana communities through innovation, not regulation. To develop the plan, DEQ will engage the expertise of other state agencies, local governments, stakeholders, universities, and the public.

Montanans experience a changing climate through record-setting summer heat, longer wildfire seasons, changing snowpack, more frequent drought in some areas and historic flooding in others. The CPRG program will help support Montana-made solutions to the changing climate. 

Key Dates

  • March 29, 2023 - Governor Gianforte submitted Montana's Notice of Intent to Participate in the CPRG program planning phase.
  • August 8, 2023 - EPA awarded a $3 million CPRG program planning grant to DEQ.
  • September 20, 2023 - EPA released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for CPRG program implementation grants.
  • March 1, 2024 - State Priority Climate Action Plans are due to be submitted to EPA.
  • April 1, 2024 - CPRG implementation grant applications are due to EPA.


CPRG Contacts

Climate Pollution Reduction Coordinator
Denise Roth Barber (406) 444-4636


Resources & Information

Under the CPRG planning grant, DEQ is beginning the process of developing a Montana Climate Action Plan. The planning grant has three deliverables:

  1. Priority Climate Action Plan (PCAP) due March 1, 2024
  2. Comprehensive Climate Action Plan (CCAP) due summer 2025
  3. Status Report due summer 2027

DEQ will use this page to share materials and engagement opportunities related to this project. 

Meetings & Materials

Meeting details and corresponding documents.
Date Time Location Materials Notes/Recording
Oct. 23, 2023 3:00 p.m.

DEQ Headquarters and via Zoom

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Meeting Recording




On September 20, 2023, EPA published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for implementation grants. Applications will be due on April 1, 2024. To be eligible to receive funding, projects must be included in a priority climate action plan developed under a CPRG planning grant.

We will share more information here as it becomes available.

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