Funding Opportunities: Environmental Technology

There are programs offered by the State and Federal governments, as well as private entities that offer grants, low interest loans, and loan guarantee programs to environmental technology companies.

Provided by the State of California

California Air Resources Board, Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) Program
Grant program to assist in developing and demonstrating technologies that reduce air pollution.

CalRecycle, Financial Assistance
This is a listing of all the grants and loans provided by the CalRecycle for technologies related to solid waste.

California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), Pest Management Grants
DPR provides funding for demonstration and applied research projects that offer promising reduced-risk alternatives to conventional pest management practices.

California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Funding Assistance Programs
This is a link to the list of grants and loans the SWRCB offers.

Energy Innovations Small Grants Program, California Energy Commission
This program provides up to $75,000 per grant to those who are developing innovative energy concepts.

California Energy Commission, Funding Programs
This is a list of the funding programs offered by the CEC. Also available at this site is an automated notification feature to alert potential applicants to new funding opportunities.

California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
This is a State Treasurer's Office program that assists with the financing and development of new energy sources and advanced transportation technologies.

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Provided by the Federal Government

US EPA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Solicitations
EPA's SBIR program provides financial support to help small science- and technology-based firms develop new environmental technologies and ready them for commercialization.

DOE's Inventions and Innovation 
For individuals or small businesses, developing an energy-saving invention can be difficult. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Inventions and Innovation (I&I) offers financial and technical support to inventors and businesses for promising energy-saving concepts and technologies.

DOE's Financial Assistance
Financial assistance information available via this site.

U.S. Small Business Administration, Small Business Innovation Research Program
This link provides an explanation of the SBIR funding program.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Business Programs
This lists grant and loan programs offered. In 2003, over $1.1 billion in loans and grants were awarded.

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Misc. Funding Opportunities for Environmental Technologies

America’s Business Funding Directory
This is a searchable website to help businesses find the funding they need.


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Last updated: June 1, 2012
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