Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program

To support strategically protecting healthy watersheds across the country.

The focus of the grant program is to protect freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds.

Additional background information on the Healthy Watersheds Program and priorities can be found at the following website: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/watershed/index.cfm.


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Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: Through the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant, EPA funds an intermediary organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees for projects to support strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems through capacity development and local demonstration and training projects.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: Through the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant, EPA funds an intermediary organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees for projects to support strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems through capacity development and local demonstration and training projects.
Related Programs66.454 Water Quality Management Planning; 66.460 Nonpoint Source Implementation GrantsExamples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: EPA funded a cooperative agreement to an organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees for projects to support strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems through capacity development and local demonstration and training projects in FY 15.

In FY 16 EPA continued to support the organization to fund subaward projects such as: projects that help the states/tribes identify healthy watersheds through assessments; projects to develop and support healthy watersheds conservation plans; projects on public outreach and education on the importance of healthy watersheds; local conservation demonstration (new or experimental) projects related to healthy watershed protection; and training projects related to healthy watersheds protection.

Fiscal Year 2017: EPA funded a cooperative agreement to an organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees for projects to support strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems through capacity development and local demonstration and training projects in FY 15.

In FY 17 EPA will continue to support the organization to fund subaward projects such as: projects that help the states/tribes identify healthy watersheds through assessments; projects to develop and support healthy watersheds conservation plans; projects on public outreach and education on the importance of healthy watersheds; local conservation demonstration (new or experimental) projects related to healthy watershed protection; and training projects related to healthy watersheds protection.

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: EPA continued to funded a cooperative agreement to an organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees for projects to support strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems through capacity development and local demonstration and training projects. Examples of subaward projects include: projects that help the states/tribes identify healthy watersheds through assessments; projects to develop and support healthy watersheds conservation plans; projects on public outreach and education on the importance of healthy watersheds; local conservation demonstration (new or experimental) projects related to healthy watershed protection; and training projects related to healthy watersheds protection. Fiscal Year 2017: EPA continued to fund a cooperative agreement to an organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees for projects to support strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems through capacity development and local demonstration and training projects. Examples of subaward projects include: projects that help the states/tribes identify healthy watersheds through assessments; projects to develop and support healthy watersheds conservation plans; projects on public outreach and education on the importance of healthy watersheds; local conservation demonstration (new or experimental) projects related to healthy watershed protection; and training projects related to healthy watersheds protection. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Healthy Watershed Consortium Grant Program funds one cooperative agreement to an organization to manage the Healthy Watershed Consortium Grant subaward process that will award subgrants to support the strategic protection of freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country.

These funds are used for healthy watershed capacity development and for local demonstration and/or training projects.

Projects funded under the subgrant process must be limited to activities that conduct or promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

Specific uses and restrictions on funds will be described in detail in the competitive announcements.

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs in approved scopes of work plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

Funding awarded for research does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office of Research and Development.

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant funds cannot be used for the purchase of land or conservation easements.

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

Universities, colleges and institutions of higher education and hospitals are not eligible under this announcement.

Non-profit, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance watershed protection programs are eligible to compete in this program.

The term 'interstate agency' is defined in CWA Section 502 as 'an agency of two or more States established by or pursuant to an agreement or compact approved by the Congress, or any other agency of two or more States, having substantial powers or duties pertaining to the control of pollution as determined and approved by the Administrator.' Intertribal consortia must meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504.

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

Public and private nonprofit institutions/ organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories and interstate agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

Non-profit applicants may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the definition of a non-profit organization. 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

EPA awards grants and cooperative agreements based on the competitive applications submitted in response to EPA solicitations, considering relevance and likelihood of the success of the projects.

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.

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.

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. 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable, applies to this program. Submittal instructions can be found in the competitive announcement. All applicants will be notified by the HQ Office on whether or not the applicant has been selected for funding. The notification is not an authorization to begin performance. The Grant Award document signed by the appropriate grant official in the EPA HQ Office is the authorizing document. Applicants selected for funding must submit a final workplan and grant application forms. Application forms are available at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/index. Completed applications should be submitted to HQ. 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

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 102(2)(f); Clean Water Act, Part 104, Section 104(b)(3), Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. Grants are usually approved within 4 months of receipt of completed application.

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: Percent: 25%. Matching Requirements: The applicant must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the workplan. To determine if the minimum match is met, EPA will use the following formula: amount (in dollars) of federal funds requested from EPA divided by 3 = minimum match (in dollars) or Total project amount (in dollars) divided by 4 = minimum match (in dollars). For example, if the applicant requests $75,000 of federal funds or has a total project cost of $100,000 for a three-year project period, it must be able to provide $25,000 in matching funds or services. Award recipients can meet the match requirements with in-kind or monetary contributions from entities other than themselves. However, other federal money cannot be used as the match for this grant program unless authorized by the statute governing the award of the other federal funds. Matching funds are considered grant funds. They must be used for the reasonable and necessary expenses of carrying out the assistance agreement workplan. Any restrictions on the use of grant funds (i.e., prohibition of land acquisition with grant funds) also apply to the matching funds. In addition to matching requirements, the applicant must demonstrate how they will leverage resources during grant performance. This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have Maintenance of Effort (MOE) requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of grant award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are requied under this program.

Progress reports are requied under this program.

Expenditure reports are required under this program.

Performance monitoring is required under 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 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304 - EPM.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $1,270,000; FY 17 est $82,000; and FY 18 est $357,000 - FY 16 $1,270,000; FY 17 est. $982,000 and FY 18 est. $357,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$3,750,000 every six years. Average: $625,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General grant regulations and procedures, 2 CFR 200 and 1500, 2 CFR 200 Subpart E, and 40 CFR 35.610, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Chris Solloway Chris Solloway, Nonpoint Source Management Branch (4503T), Office of Oceans, Wetlands, and Watersheds, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460. Phone: (202) 566-1202; E-mail: solloway.chris@epa.gov. , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: solloway.chris@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-1202

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Competitive applications and proposals will be selected in accordance with the announced criteria.



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