Capacity Building Grants and Cooperative Agreements for Compliance Assurance and Enforcement Activities in Indian Country and Other Tribal Areas

Providing financial resources to build and improve the compliance assurance and enforcement capacity of federally-recognized Indian tribes (tribes), inter-tribal consortia, or tribal organizations.

Such capacity building efforts may include economic, social science, statistical research, development,
studies, surveys, demonstrations, investigations, public education, training, and fellowships to the extent authorized under the federal environmental laws listed above.

This Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number covers EPA's Environmental Programs and Management (EPM) resources targeted for compliance assurance and enforcement in Indian country and other tribal areas, including those in Alaska.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: In fiscal year 2017, EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance anticipated priorities include, but are not limited to, compliance monitoring and enforcement activities under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Clean Air Act.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016=2017, EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance provided funds to the EPA Regions to support compliance assurance and enforcement activities in Indian country.

Fiscal Year 2017: FY 2017, EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance provided funds to the EPA Regions to support compliance assurance and enforcement activities in Indian country.

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


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.

Contact Jonathan Binder at binder.jonathan@epa.gov or 202-564-2516.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Massachusetts $ 32,889   2007-10-012013-03-31
Inter-tribal Council Of Arizona Inc. $ 105,000   2007-10-012011-12-31
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 200,000   2007-10-012011-10-31
Indian Township Tribal Government $ 0   2010-10-012011-09-30
Wampanoag Tribe Of Gay Head (aquinnah) $ 0   2006-10-012011-09-30
Gila River Indian Community $ 40,000   2009-04-012011-03-31
Pleasant Point Indian Reservation $ 0   2006-10-012010-09-30
Dena' Nena' Henash $ 30,000   2008-10-012009-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 20,000   2006-10-012008-09-30
Houlton Band Of Maliseet Indians $ 3,000   2006-10-012007-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: - Expansion of TRI stakeholder education and outreach; - Use of various avenues to deliver TRI related training to interested stakeholders such as online seminars; -. Fiscal Year 2017: - Expansion of TRI stakeholder education and outreach; - Use of various avenues to deliver TRI related training to interested stakeholders such as online seminars; - Engagement with new communities and organizations that could benefit from increased awareness, understanding and use of TRI; - Promotion of access and use of TRI and other related data among grass roots community organizations such as producing analyses or training community leaders; and - Planning activities for a 2017 National Training Conference. Fiscal Year 2018: Not Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funding is for fixed or known periods associated with specific projects.

Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

OECA identifies special focus areas each funding cycle (annually).

Previous years have included calls for proposals focusing on conducting sanitary surveys at tribal public water systems, compliance assistance to tribal solid waste programs, and innovative enforcement and compliance assurance projects, including performance measurement, data quality, and public access to information.

Consistent with existing statutory authority, the funds are used to support compliance assistance, compliance monitoring, and enforcement activities. The funding is for fixed or known periods associated with specific projects.

Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

OECA identifies special focus areas each funding cycle (annually).

Previous years have included calls for proposals focusing on conducting sanitary surveys at tribal public water systems, compliance assistance to tribal solid waste programs, and innovative enforcement and compliance assurance projects, including performance measurement, data quality, and public access to information.

Consistent with existing statutory authority, the funds are used to support compliance assistance, compliance monitoring, and enforcement activities. 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

Tribal Organizations, Inter-tribal Consortia, Federal, and State Organizations, Colleges and Universities, and non-for-profit organizations; eligible applicants must also have enforcement and compliance assurance responsibilities in Indian country and/or other tribal areas or provide support for enforcement and compliance assurance projects in Indian country and/or other tribal areas.

EPA may also limit eligibility for certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA to: (1) tribes and intertribal consortia located in the Region where a project is going to be performed; and/or (2) applicants that have access to Indian country or other tribal areas.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; Inter-tribal Consortia and Tribal Organizations; Federal, State, and Multi-jurisdictional State Organizations; colleges and universities; and non-for-profit organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. 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.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

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. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov

Award Procedures

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 104; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Clean Air Act, Section 103; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442; Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F); Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 days from the date of submission of the final proposal.

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

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is normally provided in one lump sum. Projects may span multiple years. There is no restriction on the time permitted to spend the money awarded, although money must be spent prior to expiration associated with the specified federal fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: To be determined at the time of award. x .

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Semi-annual reports must be submitted to the Project Officer for the duration of the project period.

Final reports must be submitted to the Project Officer upon completion of the project.

The EPA Project Officer will determine whether additional reports are appropriate and necessary.

Program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Progress reports are required.

Expenditure Reports may be required under this program.

Performance monioring is required by this program.

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.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each cooperative agreement, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of the submission of the annual financial status report or longer if questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $129,000; FY 17 est $140,000; and FY 18 est $60,000 - FY 2016 $129,000. FY 2017 $140,000. FY 2018 Estimate: $60,000. If available and distributed, EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance uses these resources to enable the EPA Regions to fund projects that are designed to improve environmental compliance and enforcement in Indian country.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$3000 to $30,000/fiscal year; $30,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 C.R.F. 200 (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) and 40 C.F.R. Part 35 (State, Tribal and Local Assistance Grants)

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact Jonathan Binder at binder.jonathan@epa.gov or 202-564-2516.

Headquarters Office

Jonathan Binder, Contact Jonathan Binder, The Office of Compliance, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-2516 and electronic mail: binder.jonathan@epa.gov.Office of Compliance, Environmental Protection Agency, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: binder.jonathan@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-2516.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

If funds are made available in Fiscal Year 2013, the evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.




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