State Indoor Radon Grants

Title III of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Indoor Radon Abatement Act (IRAA), Section 306, authorizes EPA to assist States and Federally Recognized Indian Tribes to develop and implement programs to assess and mitigate radon-related lung cancer risk.

In FY 2017 EPA will encourage
state and tribal grant recipients to work collaboratively with their (non-EPA) Federal Departments and Agencies and non-profit partners participating in the National Radon Action Plan (NRAP) -

Projects also focus on assisting state radon programs, working with industry, and addressing low-income population exposure.


Projects should also focus on addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns in communities.

EJ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies

Funding Priority FY 2017

EPA will focus SIRG funding in three broad areas: 1. Promoting radon awareness through the medical community, state cancer control plans, child care providers and real estate transactions., 2.

Informing local school systems about radon exposure risk in schools and providing sample school testing and mitigation plans, 3.

Providing training and technical support on voluntary consensus standards for radon testing and mitigation, and identifying and spreading best practices for building homes radon resistant and adopting radon in building codes.

Priority consideration will be given to actions which: promote adoption of radon in building codes for single family homes, awareness building activities targeting homebuyers and/or utilization of an established process to ensure appropriate credentialing of radon testing and mitigation service providers.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: State and tribal radon programs use SIRG grants to inform the public and promote risk reduction action by concerned citizens, homeowners/buyers, creating Radon-Resistant Building Codes Task Force, promoting policy and codes, operating radon certification programs to assure quality services to the public, and achieving and capturing results.

An example which documents risk reduction in Illinois: radon mitigators purchase tags for every radon reduction system they install providing an accurate account of the number of systems installed.

Fiscal Year 2017: ORIA Regional offices are currently processing SIRG awards to states and tribes.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

For questions of a programmatic/technical nature, contact the appropriate Regional Radon Office representative listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

The individual Regional radon SIRG project officers can be found at

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe $ 2,864,244   2021-01-012025-12-31
Indiana State Department Of Health $ 117,147   2022-10-012025-09-30
Health, Florida Department Of $ 231,258   2022-07-012025-06-30
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 270,000   2022-07-012025-06-30
Department Of Environment & Conservation Tennessee $ 241,898   2022-07-012025-06-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 92,832   2021-10-012024-09-30
Public Health, Alabama Department Of $ 206,400   2021-10-012024-09-30
Environment, Great Lakes, And Energy, Michigan Department Of $ 549,674   2021-10-012024-09-30
Health, Ohio Department Of $ 687,761   2021-10-012024-09-30
Wyoming, Department Of Health $ 140,000   2019-10-012024-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The SIRG program awarded $7,998,20445 to 45 state and 6 tribal programs in FY16; 6 Tribes received approximately $200,000 in funding in FY16. Program priority areas addressed: ? radon-resistant new construction techniques in new homes and schools; ? disclosure, testing, and mitigation in conjunction with residential real estate transactions; ? developing radon programs in high-risk areas; ? activities that improve the effectiveness and viability of the program; ? developing coalitions that work in partnership with local governments, Partner affiliates and others interested in reducing the risk of radon; ? setting and measuring environmental results goals; ? testing and, mitigating schools for radon. Fiscal Year 2017: ORIA Regional offices are currently processing SIRG awards to states and tribes. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

The following activities are eligible for funding under SIRG: radon surveys, public information and educational materials, radon control programs, purchase of radon measurement equipment or devices, purchase and maintenance of analytic equipment, training, program overhead and administration, data storage and management, mitigation demonstrations, and toll-free hotlines.

Funding for these eligible activities may be used to develop State radon response programs.

States may, at the Governor's direction, provide assistance to local governments for public information and educational materials, radon control programs and training.

RESTRICTIONS: The statute places the following restrictions on the use of Federal funds: 1) SIRG recipients must perform satisfactorily in the preceding budget period to be eligible to receive additional funding; 2) State expenditures for measurement equipment/devices and mitigation demonstrations cannot exceed 50 percent of the grant amount in a budget period; 3) State expenditures for general overhead and program administration cannot exceed 25 percent in a budget period; and 4) SIRG applicants may use grant funds for financial assistance to persons only to the extent that such assistance is related to approved demonstration projects or the purchase and analysis of radon measurement devices. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible entities include States (including District of Columbia (DC)), Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the Canal Zone, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal consortia, or any other U.S.

Territory or possession.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State agencies: local, municipal, district, or area wide governments and organizations; U.S. territories or possessions, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, colleges, universities, multi-state agencies, nonprofit organizations, low-income individuals, homeowners, and the general public.


An applicant's application must: 1) describe the seriousness and extent of radon exposure; 2) identify the lead State agency with primary responsibility for the radon program that will receive the grant, with a description of the lead agency's role and responsibilities, and those of any other State agencies, and any municipal, district or area wide organizations involved in the radon program; 3) submit a work plan describing the activities and programs to be funded; 4) provide a budget specifying the Federal and applicant share of the funding for each work plan element. First time applicants must have a 3-year work plan outlining long range program goals and objectives, the tasks necessary to achieve them, the resource requirements including anticipated SIRG applicant funding levels and the desired Federal funding level. Costs are determined in accordance Costs are in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E, 'Cost Principles for State, Local and Tribal Governments.'. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Application assistance is available through Regional radon coordinators and their Regional grants specialist counterparts.

For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as 'Information Contacts' or see Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Visit for state specific information on the state radon programs and how to contact them.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency and the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, or through the Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903F, Washington, DC 20460. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through

Award Procedures

Each state or tribal SIRG application is subjected to an administrative and prior period performance evaluation to determine the recipient's eligibility to receive continued funding. An applicant's proposed projects and work plan are evaluated for projected results and alignment with the Agency's radon program goals and priorities. SIRG award decisions are non-competitive and made at the EPA Regional level, based on a formula moderated by Regional management discretion utilizing prior performance and results. A state or tribe able to provide the required 40% in matching funds is eligible to apply to the Regional EPA office for a grant.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Indoor Radon Abatement Act, Section 306, 15 U.S.C 2661.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 90 days.


Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.


Renewals of awards will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Section 306 and the SIRG Program Handbook.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: EPA may provide States a maximum of 60% of allowable costs of approved SIRG Program activities. TSCA Section 306 requires a progressive match for States and Tribes; 25% in the first year; 40% in the second year; and, 50% in the third and subsequent years of participation. However, in the FY 2006 appropriation, Congress permanently reduced the recipient match requirement from a maximum of 50% to 40% for participants with two or more years in the program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards funded under TSCA Section 306 are normally for a period of 12-36 months; EPA strongly encourages 36-month (3-year) SIRG project periods. EPA negotiates project periods appropriate to a suite of projects or specific project. However, EPA project periods are limited to a maximum of five years. Grants and cooperative agreements may be fully funded or incrementally (partially) funded, conditional on the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance agreements are fully funded by a lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Required reports from grant recipients include: performance reports, no more often than quarterly; Financial Status Reports, (Standard Form 269); Federal Cash Transactions Reports (for grants paid by letter of credit); and if applicable, Request for Advance or Reimbursement (Standard Form 270).

To monitor the performance of each grant recipient, the EPA Project Officer and other Agency personnel may conduct mid-year (or more frequent) site visits to inspect program activities first hand.

Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

No expenditure reports are required.

Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.


Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries in accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipient grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of an audit remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $7,978,000; FY 17 est $7,978,000; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 2016 - $7,978,000 FY2017- $7,978,000; FY 2018 -We do not have an estimated budget amount at this time. This information will be updated when we receive further information. FY 2015 - $8,051,000; FY 2016 - $7,978,000 FY2017- N/A.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range and Average of Financial Assistance In FY 2016 federal funding can range from Range and Average of Financial Assistance in FY 2017 federal funding can range from $15,000 to a maximum of $805,100 (by law 10% of the annual appropriation amount) per State/Tribal applicant. Regional allotments for FY2017 are not proportionally identical to the FY2016 allotments (see since they were adjusted to allow for funding of two additional SIRG programs.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EPA regulations that govern State activities under the SIRG Program are contained in the following Parts of 40 CFR: (1) Part 4, 'Implementation of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1980'; (2) Part 7, 'Nondiscrimination in Programs Receiving Federal Assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency'; (3) Part 29, 'Intergovernmental Review of Environmental Protection Agency Programs and Activities'; (4)UGG 2 CFR 200, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments'; (5) Part 32, 'Debarment and Suspension under EPA Assistance Programs'; and (6) Part 35; 'State and Local Assistance'. Uniform Grant Guidance 2 CFR 200, 'Cost Principles for State and Local Governments,' and 'Uniform Requirements for Assistance to State and Local Governments'. Also applicable to SIRG is the State Indoor Radon Grants (SIRG) Program Handbook (January 2005) ; Visit for more information

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For questions of a programmatic/technical nature, contact the appropriate Regional Radon Office representative listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. The individual Regional radon SIRG project officers can be found at

Headquarters Office

Philip Jalbert, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, Environmental Protection Agency, 1310 L Street, NW., Mail Code 6609J, Washington, District of Columbia 20005 Email: Phone: (202) 343-9431.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The EPA will base its review of SIRG applications on whether they reflect the program's found goals and promote integrity in States' use of grant funds. Pursuant to TSCA Section 306(e), if State applications exceed the funds appropriated for award in a fiscal year, EPA will prioritize State activities based on the following criteria: (1) the seriousness and extent of the radon contamination problem to be addressed; (2) the potential for the activity or project to bring about reduction in radon levels; (3) the potential for the development of innovative radon assessment techniques, mitigation measures as approved by the Administrator, or program management approaches which may be of use to other States; (4) the potential for the activity to implement EPA's model radon-resistant building standards; (5) the potential for the development of radon programs in high-risk areas; and (6) the potential for the activity to improve the effectiveness and viability of the State program. EPA may establish additional criteria related to demonstration activities or other aspects of the SIRG program. All other requirements of the SIRG program are applicable to the States and Tribes unless otherwise stated in TSCA 306. .

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