Air Pollution Control Program Support

 

The objectives of the §105 program are to assist State, Tribal, Municipal, Intermunicipal, and Interstate agencies in planning, developing, establishing, improving, and maintaining adequate programs for the continuing prevention and control of air pollution and/or in the implementation of national primary and secondary air quality standards.

Projects should also focus on addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns in communities. EJ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015

The Office of Air and Radiation's National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance identifies key priorities and activities expected to be undertaken by EPA Headquarters and Regional offices and implementing air agencies in national areas of focus. The associated grant guidance provides information on the State and Tribal Grant program (STAG). The Guidance provides the basis for grant negotiations between HQ and regions and between regions and air agencies as to resource allocation and expected performance. Specific expectations and deliverables will be established through negotiations in grant agreements between regions and air agencies, and OAR encourages air agencies to engage EPA on activities where there may be opportunities for flexibility.



In FY 2015, EPA began a transition to two-year NPM guidance beginning in FY 2016. To transition to the two-year guidance process, NPMs developed addendums for FY 2015 that updated the FY 2014 NPM Guidance's for significant changes, such as budget differences and new initiatives. Details of the National Program Guidance Addendum for FY 2015 for these Focus Areas can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/planandbudget/national-program-manager-guidances#fy2015. The Office of Air and Radiation also develops specific guidance for the ambient air monitoring program. The monitoring guidance outlines monitoring priorities, quality assurance programs, and funding. projections. The monitoring guidance may be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/ttnamti1/files/policy/2015NPMGuidanceMonitoringAppendix.pdf

Funding Priority for FY16
By nature, much of the work occurring in FY 2015, including the implementation of mobile, area and stationary source pollution controls, will continue into FY 2016. The Office of Air and Radiation's National Program Manager (NPM) Guidance identifies key priorities and activities expected to be undertaken by EPA Headquarters and Regional offices and implementing air agencies in national areas of focus. The associated grant guidance provides information on the State and Tribal Grant program (STAG). The Guidance provides the basis for grant negotiations between HQ and regions and between regions and air agencies as to resource allocation and expected performance. Specific expectations and deliverables will be established through negotiations in grant agreements between regions and air agencies, and OAR encourages air agencies to engage EPA on activities where there may be opportunities for flexibility.



In FY 2016, the National Areas Focus' are Improving Outdoor Air Quality, Addressing Climate Change, Indoor Environments and Radiation Protection. Details of the National Program Guidance for FY 2016 for these Focus Areas can be found at http://www2.epa.gov/planandbudget/final-fy-2016-2017-office-air-and-radiation-oar-npm-guidance. The monitoring guidance outlines monitoring priorities, quality assurance programs, and funding projections. The monitoring guidance may be accessed at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/amtic/files/policy/2016NPMGuidanceMonitoringAppendix.pdf.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.001
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Air and Radiation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Annual emissions estimates are used as one indicator of the effectiveness of our programs. Between 1980 and 2013, gross domestic product increased 145 percent, vehicle miles traveled increased 95 percent, energy consumption increased 25 percent, and U.S. population grew by 39 percent. During the same time period, total emissions of the six principal air pollutants dropped by 62 percent. Between 1980 and 2012, CO2 emissions increased by 14 percent. Each year EPA tracks the levels of these pollutants in the air and how much of each pollutant (or the pollutants that form them) is emitted from various pollution sources. The agency looks at these numbers year after year to see how the pollutants have changed over time. EPA posts the results of our analyses at www.epa.gov/airtrends. Fiscal Year 2015: Not Available. Fiscal Year 2016: Not available.
Authorization
Clean Air Act of 1990, Section 105, Public Law 101-549.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Municipal, Intermunicipal, State, Federally Recognized Indian Tribe, or Interstate or Intertribal with legal responsibility for appropriate air pollution planning, development, establishment, implementation, and maintenance of Clean Air Act air pollution control activities, including management of grant support for those activities, provided such organization furnishes funds for the current year that are equal to or in excess of its recurrent expenditures for the previous year for its approved section 105 air pollution program. The determination of expenditures is subject to decisions based on provisions of the Clean Air Act and applicable grant regulations. This program is available to each State, territory and possession of the U.S., including the District of Columbia. 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
Municipalities (local governments), Intermunicipalities, States, Federally Recognized Indian Tribes, and Interstate and Intertribal agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
The application must supply evidence of legal authority for air pollution control including responsibility for carrying out the implementation plan requirements under §110 of the Clean Air Act; evidence of the availability of nonfederal matching funds; assurance that federal funds do not supplant available recipient funds; evidence that the Governor or his designated State agency has been given the opportunity to comment on the relationship of the program to be funded to the State plan; and a workable program officially adopted for the agency. Principles for determining allowable costs are set forth in applicable Federal management circulars described in the Uniform Grants Guidance regulations and procedures 2 CFR 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Discussion with the applicable EPA Regional Office is advised for air program grant applications. The standard application forms as furnished by the Environmental Protection Agency and required by Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200 must be used for this program. Applications are subject to the State's review. 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. 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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Requests for application forms and completed applications must be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Grants Administration Branch. Application must meet the requirements of the grant regulations and will be reviewed to determine merit and relevancy of the proposed project particularly with regard to the most recently available national program and grant guidance. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.



Award Procedure
Procedures for awards are outlined in UGG 2 CFR 200. 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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 days.
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 1500.12 Subpart E.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for awarding air pollution control program assistance grants are provided in the 1990 Clean Air Act, Section 105, and set forth in State and local assistance grant regulations (40 CFR 35). Some of the criteria considered for award include the following: 1) No grant may be awarded unless the program contained in the grant application meets the requirements of Section 35.140 (program purposes and associated regulations) and has been approved by the Regional Administrator. Sections 35.104 and 35.107 describe what an agency needs to do to prepare an adequate application. This usually includes the use of annual program technical and grant guidance from EPA and is generally done in consultation with the EPA Regional Office. 2) No grant may be awarded until the Regional Administrator has consulted with the official designated by the Governor(s) of the State(s) affected by such award pursuant to Section 105(b) of the Clean Air Act. Such consultation should consider the role of the applicant in the enforcement of any applicable implementation plan and confirm that the applicant's program will be generally compatible with the objectives of the applicable implementation plan. 3) The requirements of this Section shall not apply to Indian Tribes that have established eligibility pursuant to Section 35.573 and intertribal agencies made up of such Tribes. 4) No grant may be awarded unless the Regional Administrator has determined that the agency has adequate air pollution control authority and necessary regulations to implement such authority. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds may be used for costs specifically incurred in the conduct of a State/Local/Tribal Air Pollution Control Program in accordance with the purposes enumerated in the approved application. These include personnel costs, supplies, equipment, training of personnel, travel, and other necessary expenditures during the approved project period. Funds may not be used for construction of facilities, nor for expenses incurred other than during each approved award period. Grant funds may not be used to subsidize the costs of Title V operating permit programs or to supplant otherwise available recipient resources. 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: http://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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
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 financial, equipment, and invention reports. Grant and administrative reporting requirements Programmatic reporting requirements are outlined in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200 and in the applicable national program manager annual guidance. Requirements for the evaluation of recipient performance are discussed in 40 CFR 35.115.



Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200. Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200. Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200. No expenditure reports are required. Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200 and 1500 Subpart E.
Auditing
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 3 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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The Clean Air Act does not prescribe a specific statutory funding formula but does direct that the factors of population, the extent and severity of the air pollution problem, and financial need, be considered in the allocation of available resources by the Agency. A revised allocation approach will be gradually implemented. State, Interstate, and Local programs may receive up to 60 % Federal funding for the total approved program costs. The Grantee must contribute a minimum of 40% as well as meet a maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement. The amount of Federal share of grant costs should be determined by reference to the criteria set forth in Section 105 of the Clean Air Act and in 40 CFR 35.145, 40 CFR 35.146, and 40 CFR 147. Not more than 10 % of the funds available shall be granted for air pollution control programs in any one State. Not less than one-half of one % of the funds are to be made available as a minimum to a State (overall) for application. However, award of these levels of funds will be made only if the agencies within the State meet the requirements of the Act and grant regulations. For Indian Tribes establishing eligibility pursuant to Section 35.573, the Regional Administrator may provide financial assistance in an amount up to 95 % of the approved costs of planning, developing, establishing, or improving an air pollution control program, and up to 95 % of the approved costs of maintaining that program. After 2 years from the date of each Tribe's initial grant award, the Regional Administrator will reduce the maximum federal share to 90 %, as long as the Regional Administrator determines that the Tribes meet certain economic indicators that would provide an objective assessment of the tribe's ability to increase its share.
This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. This program does have a maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement which requires that a recipient's recurring expenditures must meet or exceed the level of the prior year's recurring expenditures.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance agreements may be fully funded by a lump sum or funded incrementally (quarterly).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Jeff Whitlow Office of Air and Radiation
Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MC C404-02, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709 Email: whitlow.jeff@epa.gov Phone: (919) 541-5523
Website Address
http://www.epa.gov/air/
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 $223,437,000; FY 15 est $228,219,000; and FY 16 est $243,229,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
From approximately $70,000 to $7,000,000 per recipient; average approximately $1,545,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Air Pollution Control Program Grants, EPA, 40 CFR Part 35 (revised January 9, 2001); Interim Rule published January 4, 1995 (FR V.60 No.2, pp.366-372); Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Examples of Projects Funded During FY 2013 Continuing program grants are provided to State, Local and Tribal air pollution control agencies for the purpose of operating programs that plan and implement activities to achieve ambient air quality standards. These programs cover: planning for attainment of updated national air quality standards including fine particulates and ozone; state implementation plan development; ambient monitoring; emission inventories; air and emissions modeling; source permitting; certain compliance and enforcement activities related to mobile and non-Title V stationary and area sources; public outreach and education activities; development and implementation of air quality regulations; implementation of market-based, early action compacts and other innovative air pollution reduction or prevention strategies; technical training; risk and data analyses; information management; and program evaluation, progress reporting and other program operation and maintenance activities. Fiscal Year 2015: Not available. Fiscal Year 2016: Not availalbe.

 


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