The San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund

The goals of the SF Bay grant program are to improve water quality and restore aquatic habitat (i.e.

wetlands) in the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds.

Funded projects will reduce polluted run-off, restore impaired waters and enhance aquatic habitat.

Achieving significant environmental

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results related to wetlands restoration and water quality improvements is an overall program priority.

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Funding Priorities for FY16 were the same as FY15,FY14 & FY13: to protect and restore the water quality of the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds.

In addition, in FY16, a priority was added to seek projects that '..benefit underserved communities (e.g.

economically disadvantaged communities and other populations that experience disproportionate environmental harm and health risks as a result of greater vulnerability to environmental hazards) by increasing natural habitat and 'greener' infrastructure in those areas.'.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: 1.

Urban Greening Bay Area Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $1,730,862 + Match $1,740,000 2.

Suisun Marsh Water Quality Objectives Attainment: Source Reduction Field Testing Project Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $843,982 + Match $843,982 3.

Hayward Youth-based Trash Capture, Reduction, and Watershed Education Project Applicant: City of Hayward EPA Funds $800,000 + Match $800,000 4.

Clean Streams in Southern Sonoma County Applicant: County of Sonoma EPA Funds $991,156 + Match $991,156.

Fiscal Year 2016: 1) roadside green infrastructure to reduce PCB and mercury loads ($864,634/City of San Pablo) 2) wetlands restoration on 710 acres at the Mountain View Pond complex of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project ($1,677,683/Ducks Unlimited) 3) watershed redesign, wetlands restoration and urban greening in the South Bay ($1,667,683/ San Francisco Estuary Partnership).

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Luisa Valiela EPA Region 9 (WTR-3) San Francisco, CA 94105 415-972-3400 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax) valiela.luisa@epa.gov Sam Ziegler EPA Region 9 (WTR-3) San Francisco, CA 94105 415-972-3399 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax) ziegler.sam@epa.gov.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Napa, County Of $ 740,000   2019-07-012024-12-31
American Rivers, Inc $ 1,376,623   2019-09-012023-05-31
Abag, Inc. $ 1,481,109   2019-07-012023-04-30
Marin, County Of $ 685,000   2019-06-012022-06-30
San Pablo, City Of $ 680,000   2019-08-012022-06-30
Microvi Biotech, Inc. $ 1,000,000   2019-07-012022-06-30
San Pablo, City Of $ 864,634   2016-10-032022-06-30
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. $ 1,677,683   2016-10-012021-12-31
Napa, County Of $ 822,000   2018-01-012021-12-31
Sonoma County Permit And Resource Managment Deparment $ 991,156   2015-07-012021-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: In February 2015, EPA Region 9 received an additional $4,481,000 of San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Funds with the federal FY15 budget. The remaining four projects recommended for funding under the FY14 RFP were awarded 2015 funding as specified in Section II.A of the RFP which indicates that EPA has the right to '&make additional awards&if additional funding becomes available after the original selection decisions.' Additional funding became available and the funding decision was made within 6 months of the original 2014 award decision (October 8, 2014) consistent with the RFP provision. 1. Urban Greening Bay Area Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $1,730,862 + Match $1,740,000 2. Suisun Marsh Water Quality Objectives Attainment: Source Reduction Field Testing Project Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $843,982 + Match $843,982 3. Hayward Youth-based Trash Capture, Reduction, and Watershed Education Project Applicant: City of Hayward EPA Funds $800,000 + Match $800,000 4. Clean Streams in Southern Sonoma County Applicant: County of Sonoma EPA Funds $991,156 + Match $991,156. Fiscal Year 2016: Three new project grants totaling $4.21 million were selected in July 2016 and awarded in early October 2016. The projects are: roadside green infrastructure to reduce PCB and mercury loads ($864,634/City of San Pablo); wetlands restoration on 710 acres at the Mountain View Pond complex of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project ($1,677,683/Ducks Unlimited); and watershed redesign, wetlands restoration and urban greening in the South Bay ($1,667,683/ San Francisco Estuary Partnership). Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Projects must demonstrate consistency with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).

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: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. 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.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local government agencies, districts, and councils; regional water pollution control agencies and entities; State coastal zone management agencies; and public and private universities and colleges, public or private non-governmental, non-profit institutions are eligible to apply, unless restricted by the authorizing statutes.

Non-profit organizations must have documentation of non-profit status from the U.S.

Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation, except that non-profits organizations as defined in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 or superseding legislation are ineligible.

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

The outcomes from the SF Bay grant program will ultimately benefit the urban resident and business populations of the nine county San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the State of California in general.

Credentials/Documentation

Non-profit organizations must have documentation of non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

The Environmental Programs and Management appropriation account for the SF Bay grant program has historically required the grants be awarded on a competitive basis (a modification of the Clean Water Section 320 grant requirements). 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.

Authorization

Clean Water Act, Section 320, 33 U.S.C 1330.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days from receipt of final application, through selection and notification, and development and approval of work plan, to award of funds.

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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: In FY13, the SF Bay Fund RFP began requiring the CWA Section 320 match requirement of 50%. For future appropriations, the CWA section 320 match of 50% stands unless modified by appropriations act language. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance agreements generally fund projects for 4 years with a maximum project period of seven years. Funds are issued electronically through automated funds transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are issued electronically through automated funds transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress repots are required under this program.

Reporting frequency may be specified in the terms and conditions of the award.

EPA may include reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the assistance agreements, which may require quarterly, semi-annual, interim, and final performance reports, and financial, equipment, and inventory reports.

Quarterly and/or semi-annual progress reports are expected to be required for large-scale projects of long duration sought by this grant fund.

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Expenditure Reports by the grantee are required to submit for reimbursement.

Performance monitoring will be required in the form of grantee reports on outputs and outcomes of their funded projects.

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. 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. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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.

Records

Recipients must demonstrate financial management capability, keep financial records including documentation for entries on accounting and for any changes in grant requirements, and make records available to personnel authorized to examine assistance recipients' records. Recipients must maintain all records for a minimum of three years from the date of submission of the final report and until all questions regarding the assistance agreement, such as those arising from audits, are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 15 $4,481,000; FY 16 est $4,423,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available - FY 2016 obligation was authorized up to $4,423,000 FY 2015 obligation was authorized up to $4,481,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Since the beginning of the program in 2008, projects have been funded from a low of $200,000 to a high of $5,000,000. In the last few years of the RFP, the funding range has shifted to approximately $800,000 to $2mil. The average award is now at about $1mil each.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Recipients must comply with 2 CFR Part 200 and 1500 for universities and nonprofit organizations and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for states, tribes, and local governments. The recipient must comply with the applicable cost principles under 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for state, tribal and local governments and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for universities and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for nonprofit organizations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Luisa Valiela EPA Region 9 (WTR-3) San Francisco, CA 94105 415-972-3400 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax) valiela.luisa@epa.gov Sam Ziegler EPA Region 9 (WTR-3) San Francisco, CA 94105 415-972-3399 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax) ziegler.sam@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Luisa Valiela, USEPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105 Email: valiela.luisa@epa.gov Phone: (415) 972-3400.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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