Environmental Protection Consolidated Grants for the Insular Areas - Program Support


The consolidated program support grant is an alternative assistance delivery mechanism which allows an Insular Territory 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 and recognize its own public health and environmental priorities for funding as authorized by the OTA. 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 within the Agency's total grant appropriations. Funding Priority for 2019 : This continuing environmental program grant and cooperative agreement supports and is consistent with EPA Strategic Goal (Core Mission) and the Objectives 1.1 (Improve Air Quality) and Objective 1.2(Provide for Clean and Safe Water); Objective 1.3 (Revitalize Land and Prevent Contamination) and Objective 1.4 (Ensure Safety of Chemicals in the Marketplace). The EPA strategic goals and objectives of the consolidated environmental management and protection programs for the US Pacific Territories continue to meet Insular area priorities by further establishing fishable, swimmable waters through surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement of water quality standards and regulations, and towards the goal of zero beach closure postings; and compliance and enforcement of safe drinking water regulations towards the goal of having potable water for 100 percent of the population. Furthermore, watershed management is the overarching mission for all environmental protection activities to help improve water quality. This program goal will continue to establish special management areas to prevent groundwater contamination, and mitigate or eliminate nonpoint source discharges of pollution. Regarding EPA Goal 1, Objective 1.4, the Territories have the goal of completing an Territory wide inventory of all potential Brownfields sites and a clean-up of at least three (3) sites. This grant program supports Goal 1, Objective 1.1. Specifically, the recipient will assist the EPA as necessary to study and monitor data to determine the severity of PM 2.5 pollution and its effect on the quality of outdoor air and risks to human health, and implement its Title V-type program for the issuance of minor source permit for stationary sources. The territories will assist EPA for the issuance of major source permits for stationary sources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2017 Part 35 Pesticide Continuing Environmental Program (Enforcement, C&T, or Program Implementation): These grants supported pesticide programs in the US territories. As EPA’s co-regulators, these pesticide programs worked extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues. These programs conducted extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provided outreach and education on EPA’s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues.
Fiscal Year 2018 For all three (3) territories EPA recruited and stationed on IPA US Public Health Service Officers/Engineers to help build capacity for the environmental and utility agencies, serving as Chief Engineers and Environmental Managers. At Guam EPA continued to upgrade their Environmental Data Base Network for data management for all the categorical programs in the consolidated grant.
Fiscal Year 2019 For CNMI, a Nonpoint Source Management Project was nationally recognized by EPA, and for American Samoa EPA they completed a "Ridges to Reef" (wetland and nonpoint source) project that had regional recognition. In the CNMI, they completed a "Smart, Safe, and Resilient Growth Plan" just prior to Super Typhoon Yutu that was recognized by FEMA as the most valuable document for FEMA Recovery requirements ever produced.
Omnibus Territory Act: Title V, Section 501, 48 U.S.C. 1469a
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F)
Pollution Prevention Act, Section 6605
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)
Clean Water Act, Section 106
Clean Water Act, Section 319
Clean Water Act, Section 205(g) and 205(j)
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 28(a)
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 404(g)
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 23(a)(1) & (a)(2)
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1443(a) & 1443(b)
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 9003(h)
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 2007
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 9011
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive and administer funds for more than one environmental program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The Territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Pre-application communications should be directed to the appropriate EPA Regional office. The standard application as required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 must be used for this program. An applicant should consult the Regional office or official designated as the single point of contact for their Insular Area for more information on the process the Insular Area needs to follow when applying for assistance.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. U.S. Insular area agencies will be notified to submit grant application packages identifying required forms including a work plan. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
U.S. Insular area agencies will be notified of Federal assistance awards through the appropriate EPA Regional Office.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90 days.
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Applications may be approved if: 1) funds are available; 2) if the application satisfies the requirements of 2 CFR 200 and 40 CFR Part 35 and applicable statutes; and 3) if the proposed work program is feasible and compatible with the program priorities in EPA annual guidance.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded to Insular Area agencies under the above referenced authorities to provide technical and managerial support in relation to continuing environmental program grants that serve to protect the public health and welfare of the Insular Areas. LUST funding under Title 42, Chapter 82 must be used for LUST activities only.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring by EPA will be the minimum necessary for sound program management. Reporting requirements may vary with each Insular Area agency depending upon the specific agency's demonstrated management abilities.
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.
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 3-year period, the records must be retained until the litigations, claims or audit findings have been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. This program has no matching requirements. A statutory formula may apply to an individual program which may be consolidated into this program.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance is usually awarded for a 1-year or longer period. Assistance is awarded as fiscal year program funds become available. Typically 3-5 awards/amendments are made per year.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
EPA Region 2 Contact:Victor M.Trinidad,Chief, Environmental Management Branch,EPA Region 2, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, Centro Europa Building, Suite 417,1492 Ponce de Leon Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-4127;Phone: (787) 977-5870;FAX: (787) 729-7747;EPA Region 9 Contacts: Guam: Alba Espitia, Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U.S. EPA Region 9,75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105; Ph: 415-972-3667; Fax: 415-947-3556;E-mail: espitia.alba@epa.gov; CNMI and American Samoa: Renee Chan, Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U.S. EPA Region 9 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105; Ph: 415-972-3675; Fax: 415-947-3556; E-mail: chan.renee@epa.gov
Headquarters Office
Alba Espitia
Grants Management Office (PMD-7), EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105 US
Phone: 415-972-3667
Fax: 415-947-3556
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$7,800,000.00; FY 19 est $7,700,000.00; FY 20 est $7,300,000.00; FY 17$7,800,000.00; FY 16 est $26,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In general, financial assistance has increased annually depending on program funding that is consolidated into the grant. Financial assistance has generally ranged from $2,000,000 to $3,300,000/territory/fiscal year for environmental program assistance. The total estimated average is $8,000,000/fiscal year. For FY11 and beyond, territorial Drinking Water and Clean Water SRF grant funds are being consolidated into grants for the territories of Guam, CNMI and American Samoa. For FY14 through FY19, SRF financial assistance for the territories of Guam, CNMI and American Samoa has ranged from $6M - $9M annually per territory. For FY20 the range will remain the same.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200; 40 CFR Part 35, Subpart A, Environmental Program Grants; EPA annual Program Guidance.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available.
Fiscal Year 2018 Major projects: For Guam the development of a comprehensive GIS database system for Guam EPA for Water, Air , Land Territorial Environmental Reporting System, called WALTERS. In the CNMI we will have the completion of a comprehensive Strategic Smart Growth Planning document that reviews all existing regulations for each CNMI agency for planning regarding sustainability and hazardous waste management during storm events and for future sea level rise. In American Samoa a Wetland Management and Protection project that will secure and protect the remaining wetlands in American Samoa.
Fiscal Year 2019 In Guam the Agat WWTF was completed, a state of the art $70 million project that provides secondary wastewater treatment. In Saipan (CNMI) in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yutu, Congress has authorized $56 million for construction of solid waste disposal facilities.


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