Congressionally Mandated Projects


To implement special Congressionally directed projects or programs identified in EPA's annual appropriations act, committee reports incorporated by reference into the annual appropriation act, and other statutes mandating that EPA provide financial assistance agreements to designated recipients for projects or programs. These assistance agreements support special projects earmarked by Congress for specific recipients. The projects may be associated with: (1) various environmental requirements (e.g., wastewater treatment, drinking water treatment); (2) identifying, developing, and/or demonstrating necessary pollution control technologies and techniques to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution; or (3) evaluating the economic and social consequences of alternative environmental pollution strategies, technologies, or mechanisms for use by those in economic, social, governmental, and environmental management positions. Funding priorities are to award these assistance agreements to the designated recipients as quickly as possible within statutory and regulatory requirements.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available. Program Accomplishments 2016 Targeted Air Shed Grant program anticipated results: The program will repair or replace diesel school buses so more children can ride buses with reduced emissions. The program will also accelerate the replacement of older commercial lawn and garden equipment in environmental justice communities. The program will replace up to 19 yard tractors with electric yard tractors or equivalent, as well as 136 on-road heavy- duty trucks. In addition to mobile sources, the program will assist in the change-out or repair of thousands of old wood burning appliances.
Fiscal Year 2018 For Mexico Border program, US EPA issued a grant in the amount of approximately $9,770,000 to the North American Development Bank (NADB) for purposes of funding critical water infrastructure construction projects in the region along the US-Mexico Border. For Alaska Native Villages, approximately $19,543,000 was awarded to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), to fund seven drinking water and wastewater infrastructure planning and design projects, and five drinking water and wastewater infrastructure construction projects.
Fiscal Year 2019 For Mexico Border program, US EPA issued a grant in the amount of approximately $14,500,000 to NADB for purposes of additional funding for water infrastructure projects along the US-Mexico Border. For Alaska Native Villages, approximately $24,186,000 was awarded to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC), to fund 13 drinking water and wastewater infrastructure planning, design, and construction projects.
EPA's Annual Appropriation Acts
EPA funds Congressionally-mandated projects only for financial assistance agreements to designated recipients for projects or programs authorized by the annual Department of the Interior, Environment, and related Agencies Appropriations Act and other statutes mandating that EPA provide such funding to designated recipients. In addition, Congressionally mandated projects are only funded to the extent allowable by Executive Order 13457 "Protecting American Taxpayers from Government Spending of Wasteful Earmarks (January 29, 2008).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are specified in the statute authorizing the earmark. Examples of recipients that may receive assistance under this program include local, state, intrastate, interstate, U.S. territories or possessions, public or nonprofit institutions/organizations, public/private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, institutions of higher education, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, Native American Organizations, and international organizations.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries vary with the project Congress has directed EPA to fund. For example, an earmark for a wastewater treatment plant or sewer system would benefit the community in which the project is constructed. An earmark for a training project would benefit the individuals receiving the training under the assistance agreement.
EPA may ask principle investigators for earmarked research projects to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications.
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 awards under this program description, EPA will generally specify the nature of any pre-application/pre-proposal assistance. 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
Award Procedure
EPA will evaluate each application to determine (a) the adequacy of the proposed project to meet the specified purpose of the Congressionally mandated project and compliance with other applicable laws. EPA's R&D Office conducts a peer review of all applications by outside experts. EPA will also review the application in relation to EPA's general grant regulations and OMB guidance.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days. Approximately 180 days.
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new application which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application. EPA may incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements depending on the nature of the project and the terms of the earmark.
How are proposals selected?
Addresses the specific purpose designated by the Congressional earmark in EPA's annual Appropriations Act or other statute. All Congressionally mandated earmarks must meet the following criteria: (a) address the specified Congressionally directed support or action described in the annual appropriations act or committee report incorporated by reference into the appropriations act or other statutes mandating that EPA provide financial assistance agreements to designated recipients for projects or programs; and (b) have an approved workplan and processed assistance agreement before the appropriated funds expire.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support specific projects or programs specified by Congress for designated recipients. Allowable direct and indirect costs are included, in accordance with established EPA policies and requirements for assistance agreements. 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:
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring of Congressionally mandated special project or program assistance agreements are required per EPA administrative grant orders.
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.
Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and 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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the assistance agreement shall be determined at time of award. The length and time phasing of the assistance agreement will be determined by the duration of the availability of appropriated funds. Assistance awards are released by letter of credit and other financial authorizations.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate Headquarters program contact listed below.
Headquarters Office
Javon Williams
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 6601T)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-9327
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$29,174,900.00; FY 19 est $40,000,000.00; FY 20 est $3,000,000.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$20,000,000.00; - For Alaska Native Villages - FY2018 - actual $19,402,900; FY2019 - est. $25,000,000, FY2020 - est. $3,000,000. For Mexico Border - FY2018 - actual $9,772,000; FY2019 - est. $15,000,000; FY2020 - est. $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Appropriated funds enacted in FY 2018 and FY 2019 for Congressionally designated projects and programs.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Congressional mandated earmarks are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations, Environmental Protection Agency (2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable).
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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