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Equipment cache grants 

Equipment cache grants

We administer a grant program to help local emergency response organizations prepare for spills. Our grant program helps local communities that are at risk for oil and hazardous materials spills secure equipment and training to effectively respond to incidents.

Washington has seen a dramatic shift in oil transportation recently, both in the types of oil and in the locations where large quantities of oil is transported. These changes affect the risks associated with oil transportation and many communities don't have basic response resources for oil spills and hazardous materials incidents. To help solve this problem, we're providing equipment and training grants to emergency responders.

We evaluate and assess current available resources and the need for response equipment in specific locations. Grant funds are awarded based on need, and coordinated to maximize the benefits of existing equipment and resources.

A work group assists with developing the grant program. This group consists of first responders, oil spill response cooperatives, oil and rail industry representatives, and businesses that receive liquid bulk crude oil.


In order to be considered, the community the agency responds to must have a substantial threat of an oil spill occurring in their jurisdiction.

Who can apply:

  • Washington state counties, cities, and municipalities
  • Other state-recognized governments
    • Ports
    • Public utility districts
    • Other specialized purpose districts (e.g., clean air agencies, fire protection districts)
    • Washington state agencies
  • Federally-recognized Tribal governments
  • Prior awardees

Private businesses and non-profits will not be considered. Matching funds and out-of-pocket expenses are not required.

The grant is primarily intended to assist first responders in purchasing equipment they would not otherwise be able to purchase.

Application process

The application period for the 2017–2019 Equipment Grant application period will open on October 2, 2017 and close on November 30, 2017. Funding available for grants in the 2017 - 2019 biennium has not been determined by the Washington State Legislature. Funding allocated to Ecology for this program will be determined after the 2018 Legislative Session.

All applications for Ecology grants must be submitted through the electronic grant and loan application system called EAGL(Ecology Administration of Grants and Loans). Applicants must register for a Secured Access Washington (SAW) account and an EAGL account.


We'll hold grant workshops in September 2017 for the next funding cycle. For more information, contact Laura Hayes at laura.hayes@ecy.wa.gov or 360-407-7485.

Date City Location Time
September 26, 2017 Vancouver, WA Firstenburg Community Center
700 NE 136th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98684
9:30 am - Noon
September 28, 2017 Mount Vernon Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center
2300 Market Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

1:00 pm -
3:30 pm

October 6, 2017 Lacey* Department of Ecology Headquarters
Room R0A-32/34
300 Desmond Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
9:30 am - Noon
October 10, 2017 Spokane Ramada Spokane Airport
Washington Room
8909 Airport Dr.
Spokane, WA 99219
9:30 am - Noon
October 11, 2017 Tri-Cities Walla Walla Fire District #5, Station #51
Training Room
460 Humorist Rd.
Burbank, WA 99323
9:30 am - Noon

* The Lacey workshop includes a recorded webinar.

Guidance and application information

Existing equipment caches

Visit our story map to see existing equipment caches.

Ownership and usage of equipment

Grantees will own their equipment. In the event of a nearby spill, grant recipients are not obligated to deploy the equipment. If the equipment is not in use, grant recipients must allow Ecology or approved responders to access the equipment.