Congressionally Mandated Projects


To implement special Congressionally mandated spending for projects or programs identified in EPA's annual appropriations act, explanatory statements and/or committee reports incorporated by reference into the annual appropriations act, and other statutes mandating that EPA provide financial assistance agreements to Congressionally designated recipients in specified amounts for identified projects or programs. The projects may be associated with: (1) environmental requirements; (2) identifying, developing, and/or demonstrating necessary pollution control technologies and techniques to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution; (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; or (4) other activities described in the applicable statute. Funding priorities are to award these assistance agreements to the designated recipients as quickly as possible in compliance with 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
Not applicable.
EPA's Annual Appropriation Acts
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are specified in the statute authorizing the Congressionally mandated spending item. 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries vary with the project Congress has mandated EPA to fund. For example, a Congressionally mandated project for a wastewater treatment plant or sewer system would benefit the community in which the project is constructed. A Congressionally mandated project for a training project would benefit the individuals receiving the training under the assistance agreement.
EPA may ask principal 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. Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs," applies to projects under this assistance listing, when proposed Federal financial assistance involves planning, design and construction of facilities or other infrastructure or implementation of restoration projects requiring construction. EPA financial assistance programs and activities subject to intergovernmental review that are subject to review under State single point of contact procedures are identified at Applicants for programs or activities subject to Intergovernmental Review that are not subject to State single point of contact review must provide directly affected State, areawide, regional, and local entities at least 60 days to review their application following notification by EPA that the application has been selected for funding as provided by 40 CFR 29.8(a) and (c). Regarding pre-application assistance with respect to awards under this assistance listing, EPA will generally specify the nature of any pre-application 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 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
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 120 to 180 days from receipt of applications, although proposals for construction or other infrastructure projects may require longer reviews.
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Addresses the specific purpose designated by the Congressionally mandated project in EPA's annual appropriations act or other statute. All Congressionally mandated projects must meet the following criteria: (a) address the specified Congressionally mandated support or action described in the annual appropriations act or explanatory statement or committee report incorporated by reference into the appropriations act or other statutes mandating that EPA provide financial assistance agreements to designated recipients in specified amounts for identified 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 in EPA's annual appropriations act for designated recipients in specified amounts. 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: Geospatial Resources at EPA (
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring of Congressionally mandated special projects or program assistance agreements will be determined at the time of award.
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 as required by 2 CFR 200.334. If questions, such as those raised because 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 is mandatory. Matching requirements are defined in each appropriations act or other statute authorizing the Congressionally mandated project.

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
For water infrastructure congressionally mandated projects, the EPA regional points of contact can be found at: For solid waste congressionally mandated projects, the EPA regional point of contact is: Melissa Winters, EPA Region 10, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101; Phone: 206-553-5180; Email:
Headquarters Office
Michael Hiscock (Headquarters Contact for Research & Development Congressionally Mandated Projects)
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 8104R), Washington, DC 20460
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-564-4453
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$71,186,000.00; FY 23 est $76,072,000.00; FY 24 est $76,386,000.00; FY 21$53,000,000.00; FY 20$3,000,000.00; FY 19$40,000,000.00; FY 18$29,174,900.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$20,000,000.00; - Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) Projects OW : FY22: Alaska Native Villages (ANV) $39,186,000; U.S. Mexico Border (BWIP) $32,000,000. FY23: ANV $39,686,000; BWIP $36,386,000. FY24: ANV $40,000,000; BWIP $36,386,000.(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$15,006,000.00; FY 23 est $1,484,169,541.00; FY 24 est $602,015,000.00; FY 21$0.00; - Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) Projects ORD/OW/Region 10/OLEM: FY22: ORD S&T Research ($0); OW CW SRF ($0); OW DW SRF ($0); Region 10/OLEM Solid Waste ($15,006,000).? FY23: ORD S&T Research ($2,930,000 - 4 projects); OW CW SRF ($863,108,642); OW DW SRF ($609,255,899); Region 10/OLEM Solid Waste ($8,875,000). FY24: ORD S&T Research ($13,251,000); OW CW SRF ($345,125,000); OW DW SRF ($243,639,000); Region 10/OLEM Solid Waste ($0).
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Congressional mandated projects are subject to 2 CFR 200 and 1500 (EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards); 40 CFR Part 33 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in United States Environmental Protection Agency Programs); 40 CFR Part 40 (EPA Research and Demonstration Grants); 40 CFR Part 45 (EPA Training Assistance)
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Fiscal Year 2023 Grants to the State of Alaska to address drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs of rural and Alaska Native Villages. Projects to develop a state-wide strategy to address PFAS-contaminated soils and groundwater at multiple sites around the state of Alaska; identify the extent and sources of PFAS contamination in wastewater in Delaware, the results of which will help identify the means to prevent contamination of drinking water supplies; help address harmful environmental trends in Alaska through continuous phytoplankton monitoring and bi-weekly shellfish sampling; and conduct research that supports community and household resilience to wildfire smoke through actions that mitigate adverse health outcomes associated with wildfire smoke exposures.


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