Disaster Relief Appropriations Act (DRAA) Hurricane Sandy Capitalization Grants for Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

 

Grants are made to New York and New Jersey to fund resiliency projects for facilities impacted by Hurricane Sandy through the State DWSRF Programs.
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: The funding priority established by the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriation is to fund projects at drinking water facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Only facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the States of New York and New Jersey are eligible. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: The funding priority established by the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriation is to fund projects at drinking water facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Only facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the States of New York and New Jersey are eligible. No additional awards are anticipated in FY 2015.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.483
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Two awards were made in FY 14 to the states of New York and New Jersey. Funding is for projects at drinking water facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Only facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the States of New York and New Jersey are eligible for funds. Fiscal Year 2015: In FY 2015 funding continues to support projects at drinking water facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Only facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the States of New York and New Jersey are eligible for funds. Funding continues to support projects at drinking water facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Examples of projects anticipated to be funded in FY15 include, projects that provide resiliency through installation of standby emergency generators, projects that repair, maintain, or upgrade existing infrastructure, projects that replace undersized water mains, projects that raise wellhead elevations, and projects that install wireless radio communications for water facilities. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013, Public Law 113-2.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The States of New York and New Jersey.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The States of New York and New Jersey, and drinking water facilities funding resiliency projects that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Credentials/Documentation
To receive a capitalization grant, a State shall enter into an agreement with the EPA Regional Administrator which shall include, but is not limited to, the requirements set forth in Section 130 of the SDWA. 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
An applicant (State) should seek preapplication assistance from the appropriate EPA Regional Office. The State is required to prepare and provide for public comment on a plan identifying the intended uses of the funds in the DWSRF (Intended Use Plan, or IUP) and how those uses support the goals of the DWSRF. The IUP is to be submitted no later than the application. An environmental impact statement is not required prior to grant award; however, a State environmental review process must be applied to all subsequent state assistance for wastewater facilities. 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. 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. The standard application for EPA non-construction grant assistance (SF424-A and B) is submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov. The State must certify in its application that it has the legal, managerial, technical, and operational capabilities to administer the DWSRF program competently and that it will comply with Federal anti-discrimination laws and other applicable Federal statutes. Establishment of the DWSRF is a prerequisite for a grant award.

Award Procedure
A grant application is reviewed by the appropriate Regional Office and, if approved, the grant is awarded by the Regional Administrator under a delegation of authority from the Administrator of EPA.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approval time averages 45 days.
Appeals
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
For those portions of the State program that do not change from year to year, a subsequent grant application may incorporate by reference relevant portions of the previous year's application which have not changed or an operating agreement approved by the Region.
How are proposals selected?
Grants are awarded to States that satisfy the requirements in the application procedures section.
How may assistance be used?
Capitalization grants are made available to New York and New Jersey for the purpose of funding resiliency related projects for facilities that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The capitalization grant is deposited in the State's DWSRF, and is used to provide loans and other types of financial assistance to eligible public water systems. A State may elect to use up to 31% of the capitalization grant for other eligible activities, including 4% for administration of the program. 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 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
The State shall provide biennial reports to the Regional Administrator in accordance with the schedule established in the grant agreement. The biennial report shall describe how the State has met the goals and objectives for the preceding two fiscal years of the overall program, including the supplemental appropriation for Hurricane Sandy, including identification of loan recipients, loan amounts, and loan terms. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance reporting is required under this program.
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. A State must, at a minimum, comply with the provisions at 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. States are also encouraged to conduct annual independent audits. 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. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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. The audit of the fund to be prepared by the State or an independent auditor must be in accordance with the standards of the Government Accountability Office (known as the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards). To the extent that the set-asides are used for project purposes that must be repaid, or are directly related to the DWSRF (e.g., administration) or are revolving funds themselves, they must be part of an audited opinion(s). The audits must provide an auditor's opinion on the DWSRF financial statements, a report on internal controls and a report on compliance with laws and regulations. Those set-aside funds that are not loaned out may be audited in conjunction with audits conducted under the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F.
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 for 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 should be retained until the matter is completely resolved. As part of the annual review conducted by the Agency to access a State's performance against activities identified in the intended use plan and biennial report, and to determine compliance with the terms of the capitalization grant agreement, the State or assistance recipient shall make available to EPA such records as the Regional Administrator reasonably requires to review and determine State compliance with the requirements of the SDWA.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title Disaster Relief Appropriations Act. The supplemental appropriation left the development of an allocation formula to US EPA. New York is eligible for 59.7% of the appropriation and New Jersey is eligible for 40.3% of the appropriation.

The allocation percentages were determined in accordance with the population of the counties of each state that were declared disaster areas by FEMA for Hurricane Sandy. Census data from the most recent census was used. 59.7% of all the total impacted population live in New York and 40.3% live in New Jersey.
Matching Requirements: Other.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are available for EPA's obligation to the State during the fiscal year in which they are allotted and during the following year. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of award. States must enter into binding commitments with loan recipients to provide financial assistance from the DWSRF in an amount equal to the sum of Federal assistance, less amounts used by the State for eligible set-aside purposes, and the State match. States are also required to agree to commit and expend all funds in the DWSRF as efficiently as possible, and in a timely manner. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Steve Vida, Section Chief, State Revolving Fund Program Section, EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway - 24th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Telephone:(212) 637-3862; Fax: (212) 637-3889; E-mail: vida.stephen@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Peter Shanaghan Infrastructure Branch (4606M)
Drinking Water Protection Division
Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: shanaghan.peter@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-3848
Website Address
http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwsrf.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 14 $94,762,000; FY 15 Estimate Not Available; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - FY 14 $94,762,000; FY 15 est. $0; and FY 16 est. $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$38,189,000 to $56,572,000/fiscal year; $47,381,000/fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements (2 CFR 200 and 1500) and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund regulations (40 CFR Part 35, Subpart L). Additional program information, including contact information for state program managers, is available online at http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/dwsrf/index.cfm. Additional guidance can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/sandy/
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Two awards were made in FY 14 to the states of New York and New Jersey. No additional awards are anticipated. Funding continues to support projects at drinking water facilities that will improve the resiliency of those facilities against future disasters. Fiscal Year 2015: Examples of projects anticipated to be funded in FY15 include, projects that provide resiliency through installation of standby emergency generators, projects that repair, maintain, or upgrade existing infrastructure, projects that replace undersized water mains, projects that raise wellhead elevations, and projects that install wireless radio communications for water facilities. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 


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