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specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. See http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc/ to find out who your contact is in your state. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Application Procedures: OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application procedures will be provided in the competitive announcement issued by EPA.
27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year. Records: The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 30 (nonprofits and institutions of higher education) or 40 CFR Part 31 (governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records which support substantial changes to the grant, available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients' grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipient must maintain all records for a period of three (3) years from the date of submission of final expenditures reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of audits or litigation remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is fully resolved. Account Identification:
Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Obligations: (Project Grants) FY 11 $200,000; FY 12 est $0; and FY 13 est $0 Range and Average of Financial Assistance: In FY11 one cooperative agreement was funded for $200,000. PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Fiscal Year 2011: In FY 11 funds were awarded to expand the number of the on-the-ground implementation projects to support the goals of the Highlands Action Program. Fiscal Year 2012: This program was not funded in FY12. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE: Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA general grant regulations (40 CFR Parts 30, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations," and 40 CFR Part 31, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments"). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions, and FAR Part 31 for "for profit" entities.
Award Procedure: For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. Deadlines: Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines. Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Approximately 180 days. Appeals: Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable. Renewals: Not Applicable. Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Applicants are required to provide a minimum non-federal match of 25 percent of the total cost of the project or projects. Match may be cash or in-kind consistent with the regulation governing match requirements (40 CFR 31.24 or 40 CFR 30.23). This program does not have MOE requirements. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: The term of the assistance agreement shall be one to two years. However, EPA Region III can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. See the following information on how assistance is awarded/released. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are released through an electronic funds transfer method. Reports: In addition to the general reporting requirements under 40 CFR, EPA includes specific reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require financial, equipment, and invention reports. Reporting requirements are also identified in EPA's grant regulations 40 CFR Parts 30 and 31. Program reports are required. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring reports are reqired. Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June
Regional or Local Office:
Tom DeMoss, 410-295-1356, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Spielberger, 215-814-5356, fax 215-814-5718
Potomac Highlands Implementation Program. The purpose of this agreement is to fund projects that protect and restore the Potomac Highlands ecosystem, while benefiting its human communities. Eligible projects include protection and restoration of forests, wetlands and streams such as: conservation of un-fragmented forestlands; wetlands protection and restoration; conservation easements; protection of non-impaired streams; protection of headwater streams; aquatic habitat improvements (physical and chemical); habitat management structures; watershed protection and restoration; stream and floodplain barrier removal; riparian corridor/buffer improvements; non-structural best management practices; floodplain restoration and protection; non-traditional reclamation of abandoned mine land; and traditional reclamation of abandoned mine land. Fiscal Year 2012: This program was not funded in FY12. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS: The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
programs, as recommended by the National Asthma Education Prevention Program (NAEPP) http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/about/naepp/. Applicants are further encouraged to integrate comprehensive asthma management programs into holistic "Healthy Homes" approaches to environmental diseases as well as partnerships with managed care organizations and health care payers to incorporate the environmental aspects of asthma into provider referral and reimbursement systems. Additionally, collaboration among stakeholders is encouraged if it provides a means to reduce the burden of asthma on a state or regional level. While it is appropriate to place environmental trigger avoidance into the broader context of medical management in EPA-funded activities, where non-environmental asthma management (e.g., medical management) activities are proposed, applicants must be prepared to document alternative funding sources for such activities.
66.110 HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM (Healthy Communities) FEDERAL AGENCY: Region 1, Environmental Protection Agency AUTHORIZATION:
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)&(c); Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Marine Protection, Research, & Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3); Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act. OBJECTIVES: The statutory authorities for this program restrict the use of assistance agreements to support the following activities: conducting or promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, and elimination of water pollution. Demonstrations must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, and it is encouraged that the results of these projects will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained. A project that is accomplished through the performance of routine, traditional, or established practices, or a project that is simply intended to carry out a task rather than transfer information or advance the state of knowledge, however worthwhile the project might be, is not considered a demonstration project. Implementation projects are not eligible for funding under this program.
Capacity Building on Environmental and Public Health Issues: Projects that organize and sponsor community training events, or other forums that increase citizen involvement in understanding or addressing the causes, effects, extent, reduction, prevention and/or elimination of at least one of the following environmental and public health issues: environmental justice, indoor/ambient air quality, lead, asthma, pesticides, urban rivers/wetlands, chemical risks, recycling, energy conservation, renewable energy, and/or stormwater management; train and educate groups of community stakeholders on methods to identify, reduce, prevent or eliminate exposures to pollution in soil, air or water; train groups, community/neighborhood stakeholders, and/or residents in holistic and comprehensive approaches for promoting pollution prevention efforts in a sustainable manner that improves, protects and/or enhances the ecological health of urban natural resources; integrate environmental justice, green jobs, or green technology to support healthy communities; increase regional, state, tribal, community, and neighborhood access to information, dialogue, collection and use of data (e.g. GIS mapping, risk evaluation, risk mitigation, collecting emissions data, etc.), and/or improve methods of risk characterization; increase collaboration with businesses to improve their environmental performance (including compliance); increase collaboration among residents, businesses, and municipal governments to address community environmental issues (e.g., infrastructure, protecting community assets, etc.), and/or build new or strengthen existing coalitions to address schools, States, or regional programs and at least one or more of the environmental and public health issue(s) previously mentioned are encouraged.
Clean Energy: Projects that promote clean energy, through energy efficiency measures that reduce energy consumption, or through the generation of energy from renewable resources, including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal sources are priorities for EPA. Priority sectors for energy efficiency and renewables include municipalities, schools, and colleges and universities. Municipal projects should focus on reducing energy consumption within municipal buildings, including offices, schools and wastewater treatment plants. In general, these projects should focus on more efficient use of energy, and water, as well as the potential use of renewable energy to supply electricity or heat to a facility in place of power provided by the local utility.
Grants are awarded to support projects that meet two criteria: 1) They must be located in and directly benefit one or more Target Investment Areas (Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, Places with High Risks from Toxic Air Pollution, Sensitive Populations, and/or Urban Areas); and 2) They must achieve measurable environmental and public health results in one or more of the Target Program Areas (generally defined in the annual competitive funding announcement). Funds for all projects should support activities to provide education, outreach, or training, in the Target Program Areas. The Regional Office will only accept submissions for projects that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within the six New England States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Projects that are National in scope are not eligible for funding under this Regional Program.
Healthy Indoor/Outdoor Environments: Projects that focus on reducing and/or preventing childhood lead poisoning, reducing asthma triggers, promoting integrated pest management; reducing childhood exposure to one or more toxins (PCBs, dioxin, mercury, lead, pesticides, etc.), promoting comprehensive healthy homes and other indoor and/or outdoor environments are encouraged. Projects that reduce indoor or ambient air toxics in a city, community or county, including those to create and implement risk management plans, conduct risk screening, build technical training capacity to help reduce community exposure to indoor and or outdoor air toxics are also encouraged. Projects that promote pollution prevention, source reduction, energy conservation, renewable energy, and/or innovative approaches to stormwater management are also encouraged under this category.
Asthma: Projects that increase the number of people with asthma who take actions to reduce their exposure to environmental triggers (improved self-management of asthma). Projects should identify, disseminate and promote the use of existing or innovative education and outreach products and services with proven effectiveness. Projects can target geographic areas and various settings (e.g., communities, schools, homes/housing, etc.) and address indoor air quality issues. Healthy homes approaches should include interventions to reduce environmental triggers such as integrated pest management and reduction of indoor air pollutants (e.g. particulate matter, dust, mold, environmental tobacco smoke, etc. Applicants are encouraged to integrate environmental trigger avoidance into comprehensive asthma management
Healthy Schools: Projects that train K-12 school teams to implement EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program (http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/tooklit.html) through state-wide, regional, or local workshops, develop or support a systems approach to improving environmental conditions in schools which would include developing a school district wide IAQ management system analogous to TfS; train K-12 school
teams to address asthma triggers, deploy integrated pest management techniques particularly in urban areas and/or tribal schools (www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/asthma); or efforts which combine several project areas described in this grant solicitation are encouraged. For more information on creating healthy school environments, please visit www.epa.gov/schools.
Narragansett Bay Watershed-Based Water Quality Management: Projects that address priorities and recommendations identified in the draft and/or final Narragansett Bay Region Integrated Plan for the Narragansett Bay watershed, including support for water quality improvement and monitoring, watershed planning and management, and planning for coordinated approaches to address the water quality impacts of nutrients, climate change, stormwater management, invasive species, nonpoint source pollution, water efficiency, and environmental management systems.
Pollution Prevention and Recycling: Projects that prevent pollution at the source of production through toxic use reduction and the more efficient use of materials, energy, water, and natural resources; and projects that reduce environmental impacts by promoting recycling, composting, waste minimization, beneficial reuse, market development, and sustainable purchasing practices. Priority sectors for pollution prevention and recycling include K-12 schools, hospitals and healthcare facilities, marinas, and colleges and universities. K-12 schools projects should focus on more efficient use of energy, water, reduction of waste generation and/or natural resources including recycling, composting, and/or chemical management (www.epa.gov/sc3).
Smart Growth: Projects that encourage compact, mixed-use, transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly development in urban areas. Smart growth can improve air quality by replacing some motor vehicle trips with walking, biking, and other clean forms of transportation, reducing exposure to airborne pollutants and risk of respiratory illnesses. Smart growth also can improve water quality by reducing impervious surfaces and preserving green spaces both of which can reduce exposure to waterborne pollutants. Examples of smart growth projects include development of plans on ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled, public education and outreach on smart growth.
Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009. Applicant Eligibility: Assistance under this program is available to State, Local, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, K-12 schools or school districts; and non-profit organizations (e.g. grassroots and/or community-based organizations). Funding will be considered for a college or university to support a project with substantial community involvement. Private businesses, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to be grant recipients; however, they are encouraged to work in partnership with eligible applicants on projects. Applicants need not be located within the boundaries of the EPA regional office to be eligible to apply for funding but must propose projects that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within their Region. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. Beneficiary Eligibility: State, Local, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, anyone/general public. Credentials/Documentation: Tribes may be asked to demonstrate that they are federally recognized. Interstate organizations may be asked to provide a citation to the statutory authority, which establishes their status. Intertribal consortia may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504. Non-profit applicants are not required to have a formal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) non-profit designation, such as 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4); however they must present their letter of incorporation or other documentation demonstrating their non-profit or not-for-profit status. This requirement does not apply to public agencies or Federally Recognized Indian Tribes. Failure to enclose the letter of incorporation or other documentation demonstrating non-profit or not-for-profit status will render full proposal submissions incomplete and they will not be reviewed. Applicants who have an IRS 501(c)(4) designation are not eligible for grants if they engage in lobbying, no matter what the source of funding for the lobbying activities. For-profit enterprises are not eligible to receive sub-grants from eligible recipients, although they may receive contracts, subject to EPA's regulations on procurement under assistance agreements, 40 CFR 30.40 (for non-governmental recipients) and 40 CFR 31.36 (for governments). OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. Preapplication Coordination: For competitive awards, a one page summary format is provided in the competitive announcement. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal are required to submit the SF 424, 424A, 424B, and the pre-award compliance report. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants in the competitive announcement. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. Interested applicants should review information on the Internet at: http://www.epa.gov/ne/eco/uep/hcgp.html. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. Application Procedures:
Urban Natural Resources: Projects that train and educate urban community stakeholders on ways to identify, prevent, reduce, and/or eliminate toxic substances and contamination on vacant lots and open/green space; train and educate the general public or other community stakeholders on causes, effects, extent, reduction, prevention and/or elimination of pollution in urban rivers and other urban natural resources; train and educate groups of urban community stakeholders on methods to identify, reduce, prevent or eliminate exposures to pollution in soil, air or water; train groups, community/neighborhood stakeholders, and/or residents in holistic and comprehensive approaches for promoting pollution prevention efforts in a sustainable manner that improves, protects and/or enhances the ecological health of urban natural resources.
Water Quality Monitoring or Analyses: Projects that focus on determining the quality of a particular water body or watershed, identifying water quality problem(s), and/or determining the cause of pollution through water quality monitoring and/or analyses of water bodies. Projects should involve community groups, educational institutions, watershed groups and/or other organizations. Projects can provide and/or support educational opportunities for students, interns or citizens to learn more about the causes, effects, extent, reduction, prevention and elimination of water pollution.. Projects focusing on urban and/or environmental justice areas are encouraged.
Other Topics and Issues: On an annual basis, the competitive announcement may identify additional funding priorities. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE: PROJECT GRANTS USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS: Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website: http://geodata.epa.gov.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The Healthy Communities Grant Program has a two step process for evaluating competitive applications which is described in the annual Request for Initial Proposals. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. Application forms are available at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/index.htm and by mail upon request to the Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division at (202) 564-5305. Completed applications should be submitted to the Region I Office. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspections and audits by the Comptroller General of the United States, the EPA Office of Inspector General, other EPA staff, or any authorized representative of the Federal government. Reviews by the EPA Project Officer and the Grants Specialist may occur each year.
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the competitive announcement. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. Deadlines:
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Obligations: (Project Grants) FY 11 $532,000; FY 12 est $0; and FY 13 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
$24,999 to $39,235/fiscal year; $27,526/fiscal year.
Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR (Federal Register) 3629, 3630 (January 26, 2005). Copies of these procedures may also be requested by contacting the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts." Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
All competitive grant awards should be prepared and submitted as new projects, which will be evaluated based on criteria specified in annual competitive funding announcement. Renewals or extensions of existing projects may be available.
Fiscal Year 2011: All projects funded through the Healthy Communities Program reduce environmental risks, and protect and improve human health and the quality of life to create healthy communities and ecosystems. Specific outputs, services and results vary based on each project and Target Program Area(s) identified. Overall program accomplishments include, but are not limited to: reduction in childhood lead poisoning, increased education and outreach related to environment and public health issues, reduction in asthma emergency room visits, and increased water quality data and information on urban rivers and wetlands. In 2011, 96 initial submissions were received and of those 36 applicants submitted full proposals. Nineteen awards were granted in fiscal year 2011. Fiscal Year 2012: It is anticipated that 0 awards will be granted in 2012. Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The grant program generally allows a match of up to 5% of the total budget but it is not required. Any exceptions will be identified in the competitive funding announcement. Award recipients can use contributions from entities other than themselves as a match. However, other Federal money cannot be used as the match for this grant program. Matching funds are considered grant funds. They must be used for the reasonable and necessary expenses of carrying out the assistance agreement work plan. Any restrictions on the use of grant funds (e.g., prohibition of land acquisition with grant funds) also apply to the matching funds. This program does not have MOE requirements. Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Assistance agreements are normally funded on a 12 (annual) or 24 month basis, at the discretion of the applicant. There is no restriction placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded as long as the money is spent within the budget and project periods of the award specified in the workplan and the budget worksheet in the SF 424. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump
Grants and cooperative agreements awarded under the Healthy Communities Grant Program are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations, and Procedures (40 CFR Parts 30 and 40 CFR Parts 31). Costs will be determined on accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and Local governments and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular A-21 for educational institutions and OMB Circular A-122 for nonprofit institutions. Regional or Local Office:
See Regional Agency Offices. Jennifer Padula, US EPA Region I, 1 Congress