Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Resources for Inland Empire Manufacturers

Manufacturing Initiatives, Grants, Resources, and Programs / Manufacturing USA


There are a number of advanced manufacturing innovation initiatives aimed at increasing the competitiveness of the United States in advanced manufacturing. These programs support, supplement, and integrate with the Manufacturing USA to maximize their combined benefits. contains a comprehensive list of available grants that may benefit local, small manufacturers and business. Watch this space closely: grants are always closing and new ones are opening to applications.



California Manufacturing Technology Consulting

CMTC is affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and is part of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program. Through our statewide network of service providers, CMTC is a valuable bridge between small and mid-sized manufacturers and technology partners who share a passion for enhancing the manufacturing community.


Federal Programs for Sustainable Manufacturing

Several federal agencies have programs that support and offer resources on sustainable manufacturing which can assist in enhancing competitiveness and profitability in environmentally sustainable ways, based on each agency’s particular expertise.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA operates several programs dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing processes and products. These programs provide regulatory guidance, tools, best-practice resources, case studies, technical assistance, and partnership opportunities.

Children's Chemical Evaluation



U.S. Department of Agriculture

The USDA supports sustainable manufacturing through rural development education, outreach, and assistance programs.

E3 – Economy, Energy, and Environment


U.S. Department of Commerce

The Department of Commerce supports a national network of manufacturing assistance centers, and provides grant programs and educational materials to support sustainable manufacturing efforts.

E3 – Economy, Energy and Environment

EU REACH compliance assistance

Global Climate Change Mitigation Fund

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Sustainable Manufacturing 101 Module


U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan provides a comprehensive strategy to reduce waste and improve resource use efficiency across the agency.

Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan Summary and Performance Plan


U.S. Department of Energy

The Department of Energy designs and supports programs including technical assistance, grant programs, and partnerships to support the development of innovative energy efficiency solutions and advanced manufacturing methods.

Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)



U.S. Department of Labor

The Department of Labor supports sustainable manufacturing efforts through support of educational and outreach efforts.

E3 – Economy, Energy and Environment


U.S. Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Centers provide a wide array of technical assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses, including manufacturers, to support business performance and sustainability.

E3 – Economy, Energy, and Environment

Small Business Development Centers


National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NASA engages in research-based efforts to create innovative technology solutions that will improve resource efficiency in aviation.

Environmentally Responsible Aviation



Federal Programs for Research and Development

If your small business is engaged in scientific research and development (R&D), you may qualify for federal grants under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The US Small Business Administration plays an important role as the coordinating agency for the SBIR and STTR programs.


SBIR and STTR programs encourage small businesses to undertake R&D projects that: