State Indoor Radon Grants
CSFA Number: 588-20-0442
Agency Name
Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security (588)
Agency Identification
Agency Contact
Melinda Enstrom
Short Description
The SIRG is primarily the funding source to local health departments to perform outreach and community education as it relates to the hazards associated to Radon.
Federal Authorization
Title III, Indoor Radon Abatement Act (IRAA, 15 U.S.C. 2661 et seq.) as an amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA, 15) U.S.C. 2601 et seq.).
Illinois Statue Authorization
Illinois Administrative Rules Authorization
The goal of this program is to provide radon risk reduction through activities that will result in increased radon testing, mitigation and radon resistant new construction. The recipient will implement a state program of radon related projects, in homes, schools, or other buildings, including 1) Public Information, outreach, education; 2) Programs to control radon in existing and new structures and, 3) Demonstration of radon mitigation methods and technologies.
Prime Recipient
UGA Program Terms
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.
Eligible Applicants
Government Organizations; Nonprofit Organizations;
Applicant Eligibility
Local, municipal, district, county, or area wide governments and organizations; colleges, universities, multi-county agencies, nonprofit organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Subject / Service Area
Public Safety
Credentials / Documentation
Preapplication Coordination
SIRG grants are identified as Environmental Program Grants. These are continuing programs awarded primarily to states and tribes, and available under specific statutes or combined into Performance Partnership Grants. These are designed to help support ongoing programs, and provide more stability. States may use funds to assist local governments, other state agencies or universities in implementation of TSCA Sections (c), (2), (3), and (6). They may wish to develop contracts (or whatever legal instrument is required) with those local governments or universities and "passthrough" SIRG funds according to specific work plans. Grant recipients that choose to “pass through” funds to other parties (subgrantees) are responsible for informing them that they must abide by the same grant rules and regulations as the grant recipient. Since studies have suggested that radon programs are often most effectively conducted at the local level, IEMA considers subgrants as a key element of its radon program. Page 5 of 17 IEMA has the authority to provide subgrants in accordance with the Radon Industry Licensing Act [Public Act 90-262, effective July 30, 1997]. Those recipients are typically local units of government, other state agencies, universities and non for profit organizations.
Application Procedures
SIRG specific applications are now available online, and the entire grant award and reporting process will is electronic as well. SIRG specific applications can be found at
Criteria Selecting Proposals
Program priority areas address: 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; 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; testing and mitigating daycares for radon; implementing innovative radon awareness outreach activities; promote awareness to the medical community (hospitals, clinics, health care providers, medical professionals).
Award Procedures
The IEMA Radon Program will evaluate the full application for several factors:1. Completeness: Applications must contain all the required information, signatures, and attachments. 2. Sufficient level of detail: The Work Plan should explain the applicant’s planned Tasks (activities) in as many of the priority areas as possible and should provide detailed cost estimates. The Work Plan should provide explanation for priority areas not included. 3. Internal consistency: The Budget Information Sheet provides summary budget figures. In the Work Plan, cost estimates are broken down for each major activity. The total costs in the Work Plan must equal those in the Budget Information Sheet. 4. Allowable Costs: Costs included in the application must be allowable for SIRG funding. Allowable costs are defined as those costs that are "eligible, reasonable, necessary, and allocable." A final determination on the reasonableness of the cost estimates in the application will be made by IEMA. All grant expenditures are subject to audit for the final determination of allowability of cost. 5. Grant evaluation will be tied to the program objectives stated above. Evaluation may include the following criteria categories: a) Need: Identification of stakeholders, facts and evidence that demonstrate the proposal supports the grant program purpose. b) Capacity: The ability of an entity to execute the grant project according to project requirements. c) Quality: The totality of features and characteristics of a task or project to obtain program objectives. d) Past Performance: The main purpose of the past performance evaluation is to appropriately consider each applicant demonstrated record of contract compliance in completing tasks and objectives that meet the program objectives. Having a solid performance record can be considered if an applicant is capable of spending grant funding appropriately.
USEPA Region 5 has adopted a 3 tear grant application process requiring IEMA to submits it’s federal funding request by June 1 of every third year (2022, 2025, 2028…). Applications for funding to IEMA must be submitted by April 1 and include budgets for the 3 year grant period.
Range of Approval or Disapproval Time
Grant awards for continuing programs must be issued by September 30 of any given year.
Formula Matching Requirements
Federal share 60% - State-Local cost share 40%
Uses and Restrictions Indirect Cost restrictions and limitations: Shall not exceed 25 percent of the amount of any grant awarded in a fiscal year.
Semi-Annual or Quarterly reports required during period of performance in accordance with the subrecipient fully-executed grant agreement.
Audit Certifications will be required annually through the GATA portal.
Account Identification
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$3,000 - $10,000
Program Accomplishments
$975,000 awarded in FFY's 2020, 2021, 2022
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Assistance Location
IEMA, 1035 Outer Park Drive, Springfield IL 62704
Headquarters Office
IEMA, 2200 South Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield IL 62703
Program Website
Example Projects
Radon Surveys, Public Information and Educational Materials, Radon Control Programs, Measurement Equipment or Devices, Analytical Equipment, Training, Program Overhead and Administration, Mitigation Demonstrations, Toll-Free Hotline, Financial Assistance to Persons.
Published Date
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2015 : $355,760
FY 2016 : $361,516
FY 2017 : $362,000
FY 2018 : $341,376
FY 2019 : $339,598
FY 2020 : $325,516
FY 2021 : $320,694
FY 2022 : $330,338
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities
Agency IDAward RangeApplication Range
Agency IDGrantee NameStart DateEnd DateAmount
American Lung Association10/01/202309/30/2024175,000
Southern Ill University School Of Medicine10/01/202309/30/202455,000
Respiratory Health Association10/01/202309/30/202420,000
Tazewell County Health Department10/01/202309/30/202420,000
Kendall County Health Department10/01/202309/30/202413,500