Environmental Policy and State Innovation Grants


Competitions and assistance under this announcement would focus one or more of three topic areas: 1) supporting analyses, studies, evaluations, demonstration projects and conferences that lead to an improved understanding for states and communities of how to build greener economies, or provide improved capacity for states and through them, their communities, to implement strategies for adapting to climate change, and managing for sustainability; (2) promoting comprehensive, integrated (multi-media or cross-media) and transferable approaches to sustainable environmental protection and management; (3) promoting the adoption at state and local government levels of environmental outcome measurement and evaluation that are essential to measuring and transferring success. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2010: Although historically, the theme of our solicitation has been "Innovation in Permitting", new priorities may focus on ways for states and other government entities to promote innovative practices to build a greener economy, and other emerging themes. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2010: Historically, the theme of our solicitation has been "Innovation in Permitting". No grants were funded in FY 2010. Funding priorities in 2011 may reflect the emerging priority of applying innovation to promote a greener economy.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 01/15/2013 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of the Administrator
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), 33 U.S.C 1254(b)(3); Comprehensive Environmental, Response, Compensation and Liability Act, Section 104(k)(6); Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3), 42 U.S.C 7403(b)(3); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)&(c), 42 U.S.C 1(a)&(c); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, 7 U.S.C 136r; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 U.S.C 6981; Toxics Substances Control Act, Section 10, 15 U.S.C 2609.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under Part 1 and Part 2 of this program is available to States including the District of Columbia, educational and other not-for-profit institutions and foundations. The territories and possessions of the U.S. would also be considered eligible. EPA may make a separate competition available under Parts 1 and 2 of this program to federally-certified Native American Tribes. Assistance under Part 3 of this program is available to educational and other not-for-profit institutions, foundations and institutes to provide independent evaluation of projects or classes of projects that will be of use to other States, local governments, territories and Tribes in adapting approaches piloted by a state, local government, or territory for broader use. Additionally, under Section 3, EPA would provide assistance agreements to support symposia that advance the practice, theory and policy of environmental evaluation and promotes the use of evaluation and evaluation tools by the states, Tribes, territories and local governments and other practitioners as a means to improve environmental sustainability management. EPA would issue separate solicitations for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this program. Some of EPA's statutes may limit assistance to specific types of interested applicants. See "Authorization" listed above. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, 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
Under Part 1 of this announcement, State and local governments, U.S. territories and possessions. In a separate solicitation that could be issued under Part 1, Federally-certified Native American Tribes.
Documentation of nonprofit status may be required. 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. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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. 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
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. 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 and those forms are available on the EPA web site (http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm). EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. For information on the current or prior solicitations, please see the EPA State Innovation Grants website at http://www.epa.gov/innovation/stategrants. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure
For non-competitive awards, EPA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of application in relation to grant regulations and to technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant. 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
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 the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved Environmental Policy and Sustainability projects plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. Funding awarded for research does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office or Research and Development. Funds awarded under Section 311(b)(3) of CERCLA must be used for projects relating to innovative or alternative treatment technologies that may be utilized in response actions to achieve more permanent protection of human health and welfare and the environment. 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?
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations Part 30 and Part 31. Program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Quarterly progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are required to be submitted as a part of the project budget along with the quarterly progress reports. Performance monitoring is required as specified in the workplan for specific projects, and are included in the progress reports.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal 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 Circular No. A-133. 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.
The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 31 (governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. 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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
EPA normally funds grants and cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. Most projects have been of a 1-3 year duration. For purposes of this program, EPA generally limits the project periods to 4 years although longer terms are possible under exceptional circumstances. Applicants are discouraged from proposing terms over 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.
Headquarters Office
Gerald Filbin USEPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W., Mail Code: 1807T, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: filbin.gerald@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-2182.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 09 $565,000; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $300,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $350,000 per grant. The average historically for awards under this announcement is approximately $225,000 for a 1-4 year assistance agreement.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Environmental policy and State sustainability grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31). State governments costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available