Compliance Assistance Support for Services to the Regulated Community and Other Assistance Providers

 

This program's objective is to provide financial assistance to private nonprofit institutions, universities, and public agencies to develop and maintain Compliance Assistance Centers to improve environmental compliance within an identified industrial/government sector or environmental topic.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.305
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Authorization
Clean Air Act, Section 103
Clean Water Act, Section 104
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Part 8001
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants must be nonprofit organizations as that term is defined in 2 CFR 200.70. Institutions of higher education as defined at 2 CFR 200.55 are also eligible. EPA will also accept applications from state, tribal and local governments. For-profit firms, including for-profit colleges, universities, trade schools, and hospitals are ineligible. Additionally, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. For certain funding opportunities under this assistance listing, applicants may have to demonstrate how they meet threshold eligibility factors that will be stated in the funding announcement. Additionally, for certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing, 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
The primary beneficiaries are small businesses, local governments and colleges/universities that are being serviced by the grantees. Other beneficiaries include state and local government, general public, and the regulated business community.
Credentials/Documentation
EPA may request that applicants document their non profit status. The Agency may also request that applicants demonstrate they have appropriate background, experience in the field, organizational capacity and necessary equipment to carry out projects.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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".
Application Procedure
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 https://www.grants.gov. Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/grants/how-apply-grants
Award Procedure
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement. 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.
How may assistance be used?
Not Applicable
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Not applicable.
Auditing
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 must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Although EPA may not require matching funds, applicants may be encouraged to provide information regarding resources (cash/in-kind services) that they would commit to manage a Compliance Assistance Center.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
EPA generally funds grants and cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. EPA generally limits project periods to 5 years Incremental funding may be available.. EPA will partially fund each budget period and will consider funding the balance of budget requests contingent upon satisfactory progress as certified by the EPA Project Officer, the availability of funds, and EPA priorities.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tracy Back
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 2227A)
Washington, DC 20460 US
back.tracy@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 564-7076
Fax: (202) 564-7083

Kennth Harmon
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 2227A)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
harmon.kenneth@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 564-7049
Fax: (202) 564-7083
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/compliance/compliance-assistance-centers
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$350,000.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 FY 17$220,000.00; FY 16$220,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$5,000/year - $350,000/year. Generally, individual Centers will receive between $5,000 - $10,000 this fiscal year to continue maintenance and operation of the Web site. Grants supporting multiple Centers will receive more.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Compliance Assistance Centers are subject to Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E.for State and local governments and Indian Tribes and for educational institutions, 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for non-profit institutions. Additional information pertinent to the Centers program can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/compliance/compliance-assistance-centers . Centers brochures and/or fact-sheets can be obtained by calling the EPA Compliance Assistance Centers Team Leader at (202) 564-7076.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Center Website content continued to be updated. Other examples include: Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center continues to partner with AGC; Healthcare Environmental Resource Center seeks third party partnerships; Transportation Environmental Resource Center created a greenhouse gas calculator; the Center Platform created a hazardous waste portal. Center Website content continued to be updated. Other examples include: Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center continues to partner with AGC; Healthcare Environmental Resource Center seeks third party partnerships; Transportation Environmental Resource Center created a greenhouse gas calculator; the Center Platform created a hazardous waste portal.
Fiscal Year 2017 Center Website content continued to be updated. Other examples include: Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center continues to partner with AGC; Healthcare Environmental Resource Center seeks third party partnerships; Transportation Environmental Resource Center created a greenhouse gas calculator; the Center Platform created a hazardous waste portal.
Fiscal Year 2018 For examples of funded projects, visit: https://www.epa.gov/compliance/compliance-assistance-centers

 



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