Environmental Protection Consolidated Grants-Program Support
The consolidated program support grant is an alternative assistance delivery mechanism which allows a State, interstate, or local agency or Federally recognized Indian Tribe responsible for continuing pollution control programs to develop an integrated approach to pollution control. An agency eligible for assistance for two or more pollution control programs may consolidate its assistance requests into a single application and receive a single consolidated award in an effort to reduce administrative and application costs. The consolidated grants program does not represent funding in addition to grants provided under individual authorities but merely represents the amount of consolidation taking place with the Agency's total grant appropriations. See descriptions for the individual categorical grant programs eligible for consolidation for information on program priorities for the current fiscal year. Funding Priorities - FY 2006: EPA promotes the advantages of strategic, results-based planning and the benefits of consolidated grants to foster results-based environmental management. Agency policy supports any state, interstate agency, or tribal request to combine eligible categorical funds in a consolidated grant. The applicants must address the program specific funding priorities for those categorical grants combined into a consolidated grant. The funding priorities for FY06 are (1) strengthen partnerships between EPA, the states, tribes and interstate agencies through joint planning and priority setting to more effectively deploy resources; (2) provide states, tribes and interstate agencies with the flexibility to direct resources where they are most needed to address environmental and public health priorities; (3) link program activities more effectively with environmental and public health goals and program outcomes; (4) foster implementation of innovative approaches such as pollution prevention, ecosystem management, and community-based environmental protection strategies; and (5) provide savings by streamlining administrative requirements.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/14/2008 (This CFDA will no longer be used for the consolidated grant. We will now be doing 'stand alone' grants to fund the work that was under the consolidated grant.)
REGIONS 1 AND 2, OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATOR, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Consolidated Program Grants have allowed states, tribes, and interstate agencies to take advantage of administrative and program efficiencies and innovations to achieve greater environmental and program results. States and interstates have used consolidated grants to implement multi-program initiatives and innovations that impact many environmental programs. States and interstate agencies have taken advantage of streamlined administrative procedures to make grant processes more efficient. In FY 2006, FY 2007 and FY2008 it is expected that the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) will apply for consolidated water program grants which will include Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act funds. Anticipated awards to NEIWPCC in FY06 through FY08 range from 1 to 2 awards each Fiscal Year.
Clean Air Act of 1963, Sections 103, 105, and 106; Clean Water Act, Sections 104, 106, 205(j), 205(j)(5), 304(a)(9), 319, 404, 406; Water Quality Act of 1987, Section 510; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Sections 2077(f)(2), 3011, 4007, 4008, 8001, and 8001(a); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Sections 20, 23(a)(1), and 23(a)(2); Safe Drinking Water Act, Sections 1442, 1442(c)(1), 1442(c)(3)(A), 1443(a), and 1443(b); Toxic Substances Control Act, Sections 10 and 306; Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liabilities Act, Sections 104 and 311.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Any State, interstate, or local agency or federally recognized Indian Tribe eligible to receive and administer funds for more than one pollution control program. See the appropriate descriptions for specific Applicant Eligibility. 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.
State, interstate, and local agencies; federally recognized Indian Tribes.
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State, Interstate, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication communications should be directed to the appropriate EPA Regional Administrator. Deviations from procedures and requirements of EPA assistance regulations which impede the development and administration of a consolidated grant may be approved by the Director, Grants Administration Division, in EPA Headquarters. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and 40 CFR 31.10 must be used for this program (SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance; SF-424A Budget Information; SF-424B Assurances). This program is eligible for coverage under Executive Order 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 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.
The application should be submitted to the appropriate EPA Regional Office. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants may use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
States will be notified of Federal assistance awards through the Federal Assistance Awards Data System (FAADS). For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate 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.
Applications must be received sixty days before beginning of proposed budget period. Contact the appropriate EPA Regional office for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Up to 90 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.
How are proposals selected?
Applicants must meet the selection criteria for the categorical grants to be combined in the Consolidated Grant. Applications are approved if funds are available, if the application satisfies the requirements of 40 CFR Parts 31 and 35 and applicable statutes, and if the proposed work program is feasible and compatible with the program priorities in EPA annual guidance.
How may assistance be used?
The following pollution control programs are eligible for consolidation: 66.001 Air Pollution Control Program Support; 66.419 Water Pollution Control - State and Interstate Support; 66.432 State Public Water System Supervision; 66.433 State Underground Water Source Protection; 66.454 Water Quality Management Planning; 66.460 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants; 66.461 Wetlands Grants; 66.463 Water Quality Cooperative Agreements; 66.473 Beach Monitoring and Notification Program Implementation Grants; 66.700 Pesticides Enforcement Program; 66.801 Hazardous Waste Management State Program Support; and others. 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.epa.geoprogram.us.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Progress reporting by the State, interstate, or local agency or Indian Tribe and performance monitoring by EPA will be the minimum necessary for sound program management. The minimum may vary from agency to agency depending upon the specific agency's demonstrated management abilities. There should be at least one progress report midway through the budget period. This may be either written or unwritten at the discretion of the Regional Office. A financial status report is required within 90 days of the end of the budget period.
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 Grants Specialist may occur each year. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular 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.
All records including documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges 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 annual financial status report. If any litigation, claim, or audit is started before the end of the three-year period, the records must be retained until the litigations, claims, or audit findings have been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for a one-year period. The Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) is the preferred method of payment.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact appropriate Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Region 1 contact: Jean Crocker, telephone number 617-918-1498, fax number 617-918-2064, email address Crocker.Jean@EPA.GOV Region 2 contact: Jane Leu, telephone number 212-637-3815, fax number 212-637-3887, email address Leu.Jane@EPA.GOV.
For program information regarding applicable programs, see the Information Contacts listed for the specific programs referred to in the Uses and Use Restrictions section.
FY 06 est $1,500,000; FY 07 est $1,600,000, and FY 08 est $1,650,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There is no low-end limit for consolidated awards. Consolidated grants with two or more programs may range from $10,000 to over $1,000, 000. 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, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments; 40 CFR Part 35, State and Local Assistance, Subparts A and B; EPA Annual Program Guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects