Technical Assistance Grants

Development of engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues, including the promotion of public participation in official proceedings.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L.

114-113) did not appropriate funding for the TAG program.

PHMSA did not solicit applications or issue TAG awards in FY 2016.

Fiscal Year 2017: Project awards will be similar in scope to projects awarded in the past.

TAG awards have funded a broad range of activities, including: improvement of local pipeline emergency response capabilities; improvement of safe digging or damage prevention programs; development of pipeline safety information resources; implementation of local land use practices that enhance pipeline safety; community and pipeline awareness campaigns; and, enhancements in public participation in official proceedings pertaining to pipelines.

Fiscal Year 2018: Project awards will be similar in scope to projects awarded in the past.

TAG awards have funded a broad range of activities, including: improvement of local pipeline emergency response capabilities; improvement of safe digging or damage prevention programs; development of pipeline safety information resources; implementation of local land use practices that enhance pipeline safety; community and pipeline awareness campaigns; and, enhancements in public participation in official proceedings pertaining to pipelines.


Agency - Department of Transportation

The Department of Transportation's mission is to ensure fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation that meets vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Chester, County Of $ 44,662   2017-09-292018-09-28
Permian Basin Regional Planning Commission $ 100,000   2017-09-292018-09-28
Alamo Improvement Assoc $ 100,000   2017-09-292018-09-28
Pipeline Safety Trust $ 79,437   2017-09-292018-09-28
West Central Texas Council Of Governments $ 100,000   2017-09-292018-09-28
Vineyard, Town Of $ 82,459   2017-09-292018-09-28
N Cntrl Florida Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team $ 98,000   2017-09-292018-09-28
Delaware County, Pennsylvania $ 75,000   2017-09-292018-09-28
Brookings, County Of $ 9,000   2017-09-292018-09-28
State Police, Louisiana Department Of $ 100,000   2017-09-292018-09-28



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (P.L. 114-113) did not appropriate funding for the TAG program. PHMSA did not solicit applications or issue TAG awards in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: .Advancement of pipeline safety through the funding of local communities and organizations for technical assistance related to pipeline safety issues. Technical assistance is defined as engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues. TAG funding may also be used to help promote public participation in official proceedings. Fiscal Year 2018: Advancement of pipeline safety through the funding of local communities and organizations for technical assistance related to pipeline safety issues. Technical assistance is defined as engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues. TAG funding may also be used to help promote public participation in official proceedings.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grant program provides funding to local communities and organizations (non-profit) for technical assistance in the form of engineering or other scientific analysis of pipeline safety issues in addition to promoting public participation in official proceedings.

Grant funds may not be used for lobbying, for indirect/direct advocacy for or against a pipeline construction or expansion project, in direct support of litigation, or for activities associated with regulatory compliance and typical operations and maintenance of pipeline facilities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Use with Transportation as well as Private nonprofit institution/organization and Public nonprofit institution/organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public nonprofit institution/organization and Local.

Credentials/Documentation

A written application addressing the evaluation criteria. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Detailed information for the application procedures is in the annual funding opportunity announcement. Also see: 2 CFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl.

Award Procedures

A committee of pipeline safety stakeholders will review the grant applications. Grants will be awarded to applicants with the highest merit based on the evaluation criteria until the available funds are exhausted.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002 , Public Law 107-355, 49 U.S.C 60130; Pipeline Inspection, Protection, Enforcement and Safety Act of 2006 , Public Law 109-468; Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011, Public Law 112-90; Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 , Public Law 114-183.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time from 120 to 180 days. Applications are typically due 60 to 90 days after funding opportunity announcement is posted to www.Grants.gov.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

12 months from date of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are available (a) reimbursement for costs incurred, or (b) 50% at award, 50% after delivery of mid-year report.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

SF-425 and SF-270.

Each grant recipient will be required to provide a mid-term and a final report to PHMSA demonstrating progress and completion of the work as outlined in the grant agreement.

Further, each recipient of a grant must ensure that: (1) the technical findings made possible by the grants are made available to the relevant operators; and, (2) open communication is maintained between the grant recipients, local operators, local communities and other interested parties.

SF-425.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Also see: 2 CFR 200 at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title02/2cfr200_main_02.tpl

Records

Grant recipient must maintain, for a period of 3 years beyond the end of the grant project period of performance: (a) documentation supporting the costs incurred under the grant, and (b) information regarding any sub-awards made using grant funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

69-5172-0-2-407.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $1,500,000; and FY 18 est $1,500,000 - FY2016: $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The range is $0 - $100,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Pipeline Safety Regulations, 49 CFR 192.614, 49 CFR 192.616, 49 CFR 195.440, 49 CFR 195.442, 49 CFR 198.37, and 49 CFR 198.39 Individual copies of regulations may be requested from: Office of Pipeline Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE, East Building, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20590, Telephone: (202) 366-4595, Fax: (202) 366-4566. Also, available on-line at http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title49/49cfrv3_02.tpl

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Karen Lynch 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., E22-105, Washington, District of Columbia 20590 Email: karen.lynch@dot.gov Phone: 202-366-6855

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

PHMSA developed evaluation criteria for project proposals to rate and select competing applications. Each criterion is weighted equally and is intended to align with the challenges and strategies impacting pipeline safety. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of award. The evaluation criteria are as follows: 1. The extent to which the Applicant?s project scope establishes clear goals and objectives that focus on areas where a pipeline failure could pose a significant risk to people or to unusually sensitive environmental areas (see definition in 49 C.F.R 195.6); 2. The extent to which the Applicant?s project scope identifies specific pipeline safety concerns or risks that affected pipelines pose to the affected geographic areas to stakeholders and/or communities; 3. The extent to which the proposal demonstrates the Applicant?s experience with and commitment to foster open communication with affected operators and other key members of the community to ensure project success. 4. The extent to which the Applicant?s proposal aligns with the challenges and strategies in PHMSA?s Strategic Plan and seeks to improve performance and safety over time in areas such as engineering, damage prevention, land use, public education, emergency response, and community awareness; 5. The extent to which the Applicant?s project plan clearly establishes resources, milestones, and estimated project costs that align with project goals and objectives; 6. The extent to which the Applicant?s project plan identifies measureable results and deliverables and specifies how results will be evaluated and disseminated to affected stakeholders; and 7. The extent to which the Applicant?s project scope provides the potential for learning or technology transfer to other groups and communities.



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