Environmental Justice Research Assistance


The program's mission/objective is to provide funding in support of research projects as they address environmental and/or public health issues with a particular emphasis on environmental justice. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2006: the support of research, as it relates to environmental justice, in order to (1) determine the environmental effects of air quality, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances and pesticides; (2) identify, develop and demonstrate necessary and effective pollution control techniques; and (3) explore and develop strategies and mechanisms for those in the economic, social, governmental and environmental systems to use in environmental management decisions. EPA defines environmental justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies. Meaningful involvement means that: (1) potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health; (2) the public's contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision; (3) the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision-making process; and (4) the decision-makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected. Multi-media grants and cooperative agreements are assistance agreements that are awarded citing two or more environmental law statutes.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/14/2008 (CFDA is no longer being funded.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
OEJ anticipates that 100 to 150 applications will be submitted as a result of this CFDA, and approximately ten awards will be made.
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3); Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a); Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3); Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a); Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), Section 311(c).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under this program is generally available to States, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions which submit applications proposing projects concerning environmental justice issues with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's mission. Some of EPA's statutes may limit assistance to specific types of interested applications. See "Authorization" listed above. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA program description, the Agency may limit eligibility to compete to a number or subset of eligible applicants
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions.
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. 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 principle investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
If an applicant submits an unsolicited proposal it will be reviewed and evaluated in accordance with Agency policies and procedures. For more information regarding the procedures for submitting unsolicited proposals, applicants may contact the individual(s) listed as "Information Contacts" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. 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. 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
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. Application kits should be requested from and submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Grants Administration Division, Mail Code 3903R, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460 or the appropriate EPA Regional Office identified in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Detailed information and assistance, including an application kit, required forms, and a check list, may also be found at http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures.
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review applications, proposals and/or submissions in accordance with the terms, conditions, and criteria stated in the announcement of the competitive funding opportunity. Competitions will be conducted in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for competing assistance agreements.
For competitive awards, deadlines will be specified in Request for Applications or Request for Initial Proposals.
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 competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements for training, research, surveys, studies, and investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
EPA selects projects for funding based on factors such as relevancy to EPA's mission, technical merit, and the likelihood of success. If EPA issues a solicitation for applications for a particular project or group of projects, the solicitation will identify specific criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, and investigations plus allowable direct costs in accordance with established EPA policies and procedures. 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: www.epageoprogram.us.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and 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. Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations Part 30 and Part 31.
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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, non-federal entities that expend $500,000 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 $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No A-133.
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
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Most of OEJ awarded grants and cooperative agreements have project periods ranging from one year to five years, and generally, grants and cooperative are fully funded at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Environmental Protection Agency, Grants Administration Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Mail Code 3903R, Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Office of Environmental Justice, Linda Smith, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Mail Code 2201A, Washington DC 20460. Phone: (202)564-2602. Fax: 202-501-1162. Email: smith.linda@epa.gov.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304; 68-8145-0-7-304; 68-0107-0-1-304; 68-0103-0-304
FY 06 $1,000,000; FY 07 est $1,000,000; and FY 07 est $1,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The average amount of the financial assistance awards was not provided because this is a new program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
40 CFR Part 31 and Part 30; 40 CFR Parts 40.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.