Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) Program
To support analyses, studies, evaluations, surveys, investigations, conferences, demonstrations and special purpose projects which empower communities to reduce risks from exposures to toxic pollutants in the air, in the water, and on the land through collaborative action at the local level.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: The CARE program aims to: (1) Reduce exposures to toxic pollutants through collaborative action at the local level; (2) Help communities gain an understanding of all potential sources of exposure to toxic pollutants; (3) Work with communities to set priorities for risk reduction activities; and (4) Create self sustaining, community based partnerships that will continue to improve the local environment.
The following program strategies will be used: (1) Provide information and a variety of tools to help communities understand and assess toxic risks; (2) Collaborate with community stakeholder groups to prioritize plans for risk reduction; (3) Mobilize local resources and utilize EPA voluntary programs to implement risk reduction activities; (4) Link EPA programs together to efficiently support communities; (5) Create a positive environment that encourages all members of the community including businesses and colleges and universities to join the collaborative partnership; (6) Facilitate networking among CARE communities to share experiences and lessons learned; and (7) Build long term community capacity to continue improving the local environment.
A CARE Request for Proposal was not issued in 2013.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2012: The CARE program uses two sets of cooperative agreements. In the smaller Level I agreements, the community, working with EPA, creates a collaborative problem solving group made up of the various stakeholders in the community. That group assesses the community's toxic exposure problems and begins to identify potential solutions. In the larger Level II agreements, the community, working with EPA selects and funds projects that reduce risk and improve the environment in the community. CARE communities have implemented a variety of EPA Partnership Programs and reduced citizen's exposure to toxics including lead, diesel emissions, solid waste, indoor air, mercury, drinking water pollutants, waste water contamination, and environmental tobacco smoke. The communities have also reduced emissions of green house gases. A CARE Request for Proposal was not issued in 2012. The CARE Program continued to technically support existing cooperative agreements. Fiscal Year 2013: A CARE Request for Proposal was not issued in 2013. The CARE Program continued to technically support existing cooperative agreements. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), Public Law 106-74; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F); Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)&(c)(A); Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3); Toxics Substances Control Act, Section 10, Public Law 106-74.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Local, Public non-profit institution/organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, Native American Organizations, Private nonprofit institution/organization, Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, local government, colleges, universities, interstate and intrastate. Proposals to renew or supplement existing projects are eligible to compete. See "Authorization" listed above. 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.
Local, Public non-profit institution/organizations, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, Native American Organizations, Private nonprofit institution/organization, Quasi-public nonprofit institution/organization, local government, colleges, universities, interstate and intrastate.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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. For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the announcement of the competitive funding opportunity. Competition will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements. 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.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-110 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, 3903R, Washington, D.C. 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. Requests for Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
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 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
None. Generally, EPA incrementally funds cooperative agreements. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the projects to EPA's priorities, availability of funds, and Agency policy on the cooperative agreement process.
How are proposals selected?
Competitive applications and proposals will be selected in accordance with announced criteria. Non-competitive proposals are judged for (a) technical merit in terms of: (1) strengths and weaknesses of the project; (2) adequacy of overall project design; (3) competency of proposed staff; (4) suitability of applicant's available resources; (5) appropriateness of the proposed project period and budget; and (6) probability that the project will accomplish stated objectives and; for (b) program interest in terms of: (1) the need for the proposed project; and (2) relationship to program objectives. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Cooperative Agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs related to approved surveys, analyses, studies, evaluations, conferences, investigations, demonstrations and special purpose projects plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. 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://geodata.epa.gov.
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 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?
EPA includes reporting requirements for 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. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations (Part 30 and Part 31).
Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 31). Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 31). Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 31). No expenditure reports are required. Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in Federal Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 31).
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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.
The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 30 (non-profit and universities) or 40 CFR Part 31 (governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in cooperative agreements available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients cooperative agreements records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of audits remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.
Other 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
EPA normally funds cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements and most CARE awards will be for 18 to 36 months. EPA limits project periods to 5 years. Any resulting cooperative agreement awards will normally be awarded on a quarterly basis. Applicants will be notified of an award in accordance with the information specified in any resulting solicitation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance agreements will be fully funded by a lump sum or partially funded yearly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.
Marva King EPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building , 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. , Mail Code: 6101A
, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (202) 564-2599.
(Project Grants) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $1,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There is no minimum amount of assistance. Cooperative agreements awarded based on Level 1 agreements will range from $75,000 to $100,000 with an average Level 1 award of $90,000. Level II agreements will range from $150,000 to $300,000 with an average Level II award of $275,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Environmental Policy and Innovation grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions and FAR Part 31 for profit makers.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: Not applicable as no funding was provided in FY 12. The CARE Program continued to technically support existing cooperative agreements. Fiscal Year 2013: A CARE Request for Proposal was not issued in 2013. The CARE Program continued to technically support existing cooperative agreements. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available