Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)

To provide General Assistance Program (GAP) grants to Indian tribal governments and intertribal consortia to build capacity to administer environmental regulatory programs on Indian lands, provide technical assistance from EPA to Indian tribal governments, and intertribal consortia in the development
of multimedia programs to address environmental issues on Indian lands.

Funding Priority FY 2016: Funding was for the purposes of assisting federally-recognized tribal governments with the development of tribal environmental management capacity consistent with EPA standards and regulations.

Funding can be used for planning, developing and establishing the administrative, technical, legal, enforcement, communications, and environmental education and outreach structure of a tribal environmental program.

GAP funds were used for activities such as assessment of environmental condition of tribal lands; appropriate utilization of federal information; building an environmental program tailored to the tribes needs; developing environmental education programs; developing Solid Waste management plans; and establishing the ability to alert EPA to serious conditions involving immediate public health and ecological health.


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Funding Priority FY 2017: Funding was for the purposes of assisting federally-recognized tribal governments with the development of tribal environmental management capacity consistent with EPA standards and regulations.

Funding can be used for planning, developing and establishing the administrative, technical, legal, enforcement, communications, and environmental education and outreach structure of a tribal environmental program.

GAP funds were used for activities such as assessment of environmental condition of tribal lands; appropriate utilization of federal information; building an environmental program tailored to the tribes needs; developing environmental education programs; developing Solid Waste management plans; and establishing the ability to alert EPA to serious conditions involving immediate public health and ecological health.



Funding Priority FY 2018: Funding is for the purposes of assisting federally-recognized tribal governments with the development of tribal environmental management capacity consistent with EPA standards and regulations.

Funding can be used for planning, developing and establishing the administrative, technical, legal, enforcement, communications, and environmental education and outreach structure of a tribal environmental program.

GAP funds are to be used for activities such as assessment of environmental condition of tribal lands; appropriate utilization of federal information; building an environmental program tailored to the tribes needs; developing environmental education programs; developing Solid Waste management plans; and establishing the ability to alert EPA to serious conditions involving immediate public health and ecological health.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: 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.

https://www.epa.gov/tribal/tribal-program-managers.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ho-chunk Nation $ 220,000   2019-01-012022-12-31
Maniilaq Association $ 158,000   2018-10-012022-09-30
Oneida Indian Nation $ 110,000   2018-10-012022-09-30
Federated Indians Of Graton Rancheria $ 238,500   2017-10-012021-09-30
Tule River Indian Tribal Council $ 325,700   2017-10-012021-09-30
Native Village Of Kotzebue $ 256,000   2017-10-012021-09-30
San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians $ 184,200   2017-10-012021-09-30
Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Mission Indians $ 258,321   2017-10-012021-09-30
Navajo Nation Tribal Government, The $ 178,321   2017-10-012021-09-30
Tohono O'odham Nation, The $ 1,529,200   2017-10-012021-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: GAP resources supported a) Developing and maintaining core environmental program capacities (administrative, financial management, information management, environmental baseline needs assessment, public education/communication, legal, and technical/ analytic); b) Engaging with the EPA to negotiate joint EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans (ETEPs) that reflect intermediate and long-term goals for developing, establishing, and implementing environmental protection programs; Linking GAP-funded assistance agreement work plans to the ETEPs; c) Developing baseline capacities for media-specific environmental protection programs that are related to the needs of the recipient and to EPA statutory programs (e.g.,ambient and indoor air quality; water quality; managing wastes; managing asbestos, lead-based paint, pesticides, toxics, and pollution prevention programs); and d) Implementing waste management programs. Fiscal Year 2017: GAP resources supported a) Developing and maintaining core environmental program capacities (administrative, financial management, information management, environmental baseline needs assessment, public education/communication, legal, and technical/ analytic); b) Engaging with the EPA to negotiate joint EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans (ETEPs) that reflect intermediate and long-term goals for developing, establishing, and implementing environmental protection programs; Linking GAP-funded assistance agreement work plans to the ETEPs; c) Developing baseline capacities for media-specific environmental protection programs that are related to the needs of the recipient and to EPA statutory programs (e.g.,ambient and indoor air quality; water quality; managing wastes; managing asbestos, lead-based paint, pesticides, toxics, and pollution prevention programs); and d) Implementing waste management programs. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Activities eligible for funding under this program are those for planning, developing, and establishing capability to implement environmental protection programs including development of solid and hazardous waste programs.

General assistance agreements offer the opportunity for a tribe to develop an integrated environmental program, develop the capability to manage specific programs and establish a core program for environmental protection.

These assistance agreements provide the opportunity for the tribes to define and develop administrative and legal infrastructures; to conduct assessments, monitoring, planning, and other actions; and to undertake additional activities within a simplified administrative framework.

The primary purpose of these assistance agreements is to support the development of elements of a core environmental program, such as: providing for tribal capacity-building to assure an environmental presence for identifying programs and projects, including developing proposals for environmental program grants and managing environmental work; fostering compliance with Federal environmental statutes by developing appropriate tribal environmental programs, ordinances, and services; and establishing a communications capability to work with Federal, State, local and other tribal environmental officials.

Restrictions: The principal focus of this program is on the development of general tribal environmental capability.

Assistance will be provided under this program only for activities which the agency determines are appropriate to carry out the purposes of the Act.

No single grant awarded under this program may be for an amount exceeding ten percent of the total annual funds appropriated under Section (h) of the Act.

As with many of EPA's grants to States and Tribes, GAP grants may be combined with one or more other EPA grants into a Performance Partnership Grant for administrative savings and, with EPA concurrence, programmatic flexibility.

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

The following are eligible to receive financial assistance: (a) An Indian tribal government; and (b) an intertribal consortium or consortia.

An Indian tribal government is any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 43 U.S.C.

1601, et seq.), which is recognized by the U.S.

Department of the Interior as eligible for the special services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

An intertribal consortium is a partnership between two or more Indian tribal governments authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under this program.

An intertribal consortium is eligible to receive a GAP grant if the consortium demonstrates that: (1) A majority of its members meet the eligibility requirements for GAP grants; (2) all members that meet the eligibility requirements authorize the consortium to apply for and receive the grant; and (3) only members that meet the eligibility requirements will benefit directly from the grant project and the consortium agrees to a grant condition to that effect.

An intertribal consortium must have adequate documentation of the existence of the partnership and the authorization of the member Tribes to apply for and receive assistance.

Documentation that demonstrates the existence of the partnership of Indian Tribal governments may consist of Tribal council resolutions, intertribal consortia resolutions in conjunction with a Tribal council resolution from each member Tribe, or other written certification from a duly authorized representative of each Tribal government that clearly demonstrates that a partnership of Indian Tribal governments exists.

Documentation that demonstrates that member Tribes authorize the consortium to apply for and receive assistance may consist of a Tribal council resolution from each Tribe or other written certification from a duly authorized representative of each Tribal government that clearly demonstrates that the Tribe authorizes the consortium to apply for and receive the grant on behalf of the Tribe.

An intertribal consortium resolution is not adequate documentation of the member Tribes authorization of the consortium unless it includes a written certification from a duly authorized representative of each Tribal government.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and eligible Intertribal Consortia.

Credentials/Documentation

This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 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 must use the 'Application for Federal Assistance: State and Local Non-Construction Programs' (Standard Form 424). Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are reviewed by the appropriate Regional Office and, if approved, financial assistance is awarded by the Regional Administrator or his/her delegated official.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992, Section 11, Public Law 102-497, 42 U.S.C 4368b; Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992, Public Law 103-155.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days after deadline for application submission.

Appeals

Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

In order to receive renewals, significant progress must be demonstrated. Renewals are subject to approval of EPA. Contact the EPA Regional contact identified in Appendix IV of the Catalog for additional information.

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

Award amount remains available until expended in accordance with the term of the award. The term of an award may exceed one year, but may not exceed four years. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of the grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Other. The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations at 2 CFR Part 200 and 1500 and 40 CFR Part 35 (B), 'Environmental Program Grants for Tribes.' Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required 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 charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status 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

68-0103-0-1-304 - STAG.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $64,880,000; FY 17 est $96,375,000; and FY 18 est $45,746,000 - FY 2016 $64,880,000; FY 2017 $64,340,000; and FY 2018 est. $45,746,000. .

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The minimum award for the first year of the grant is $75,000/fiscal year, max. $400,000/fiscal year; avg. $110,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Public Law 102-497, Section 11, 42 U.S.C.4368(b), as amended by Public Law 103-155, November 24, 1993. The program guidance titled 'Indian Environmental General Assistance Program: Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia' is available at https://www.epa.gov/tribal/indian-environmental-general-assistance-program-gap.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. https://www.epa.gov/tribal/tribal-program-managers.

Headquarters Office

Luke Jones American Indian Environmental Office (2690 M) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: jones.luke@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-4013

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Proposals are approved by the individual EPA Regional offices according to applicants ability to achieve the objectives outlined in Public Law 102-497; 40 CFR Part 35 (B): Environmental Program Grants for Tribes; the May 15, 2013 Final Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia; the availability of funding; and a review of the applicants proposed work plan and past performance.



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