What are the Hazmat Grants?

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Grant Program is comprised of three emergency preparedness grants:

  1. Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grants;
  2. Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) Grants; and
  3. Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grants.

2.1 The HMEP Grant Program:
The Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Program is intended to provide financial and technical assistance as well as national direction and guidance to enhance emergency planning and training.  The HMEP grant is divided into training and planning grants.

What is the purpose of the HMEP planning and training grants?
In general, the HMEP grant assists local communities in planning and training on hazmat related accidents and incidents in transportation.

The primary purpose of the HMEP planning grant is to develop, improve, and implement the emergency plans under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). The primary purpose of the HMEP training grant is to train public sector employees to respond safely to hazardous materials accidents and incidents.

Examples of HMEP grant fund uses are:

Who is eligible for HMEP grants?
The eligible entities for the HMEP grant program include: States, U.S. Territories, and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes. Other eligibility requirements include:

A comprehensive list of designated agencies is available on the PHMSA grant website and also provided in this CD.

2.2 The HMIT Grant Program:
The Hazardous Materials Instructor Training (HMIT) Grant Program provides funds to non-profit organizations that train instructors for the purpose of training hazmat employees. The HMIT is a competitive grant program open to all eligible entities.

Examples of HMIT grant fund uses are:

Who is eligible for HMIT Grants?
To be eligible to receive funding under the HMIT grant program, an entity must:

2.3 The SPST Grant Program:
The Supplemental Public Sector Training (SPST) Grant Program provides grant funds to national non-profit fire service organizations to train instructors to conduct hazmat response training programs for individuals with a statutory responsibility to respond to hazmat accident and incidents. The SPST grant program is a competitive grant open to all eligible entities.

Examples of SPST fund use are:

Who is eligible for SPST Grants?
The eligible entities for the SPST grant program must: