Gulf of Mexico Program

 

(1) To assist States, Indian Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, and demonstrating innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution; and (2) To expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to restore and protect the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the region. Funding Priority 2019 - Projects that will deliver significant results to achieve the environmental outcomes of improved health of the Gulf of Mexico by restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat, improving water quality, enhancing community resilience, and furthering environmental education.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.475
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 The program initiated a competition in the last quarter of FY2015. Ninety-one proposals were received and in FY2016, nine of the proposals were selected for funding for a total of $2.5 million. In FY 2016, the program continued to support projects which improved water quality, restored, enhanced, and protected habitat, helped coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change and significantly advance environmental education for all. The program initiated a competition in the last quarter of FY2015. Ninety-one proposals were received and in FY2016, nine of the proposals were selected for funding for a total of $2.5 million. In FY 2016, the program continued to support projects which improved water quality, restored, enhanced, and protected habitat, helped coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change and significantly advance environmental education for all.
Fiscal Year 2017 The program initiated two competitions in FY 2017. 77 proposals were received, of which 17 were selected for funding. The program continues to support projects which improve water quality; restore, enhance, and protect habitat; help coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change; and advance environmental education.
Fiscal Year 2018 The program initiated two competitions in FY 2018. EPA awarded twenty cooperative agreements from these announcements, with FY2018 funding. The program continues to support projects which improve water quality; restore, enhance, and protect habitat; strengthen community resilience; and advance environmental education.
Fiscal Year 2019 EPA utilized FY19 funding to make twelve additional awards from the FY2018 competitions. An additional competition is anticipated and will be based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcement will include the number of anticipated awards. The program anticipates continuing to support projects which improve water quality; restore, enhance, and protect habitat; strengthen community resilience; and advance environmental education.
Authorization
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1254
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Funds are available to State and local governments, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities, and other public or nonprofit organizations. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA assistance listing, 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
State and local governments, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities,and other public or nonprofit organizations.
Credentials/Documentation
Compliance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500, Program Funding Guidance, and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. Additional information on applicant capability and past performance can be found in the Funding Announcement.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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. 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 in the competitive announcement.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants should follow the proposal format and instructions provided in the competitive announcement. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
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.
Deadlines
Specific information regarding deadlines is provided in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 90-180 days following the application deadline as addressed in the competitive announcement.
Appeals
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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Contact the Gulf of Mexico Division for information.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement. Projects will be selected based on the criteria and ranking factors established in the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program's competitive announcement. Leveraged funds and resources will be considered during the evaluation scoring process.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance will be targeted to States, Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations that commit to specific activities. GMP seeks to fund projects that that address water quality improvement; coastal habitat and ecosystems enhancement, restoration and/or protection; environmental education and outreach; and community resilience in the Gulf of Mexico region and its watersheds. Eligible activities should be of a relatively short time frame (6 months to 3 years) and all projects should achieve and demonstrate results. Assistance agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, investigations, research, and demonstrations plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is required under this program.
Auditing
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.
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 until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the assistance shall be determined at the time of award. The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Contact the EPA Region 4 Office listed in Regional Offices of the Catalog for information on the grants administration process. Local Office: EPA/Gulf of Mexico Division, 2510 14th St., Suite 1212, Gulfport, MS 39501 Attention: Rachel Houge. Telephone: 228-304-7441. FAX: 228-679-5921. E-Mail: houge.rachel@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Rachel Houge
EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, 2510 14th Street., Suite 1212
Gulfport, MS 39501 US
houge.rachel@epa.gov
Phone: 228-304-7441
Fax: 228-679-5921
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/gulfofmexico
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$9,840,310.00; FY 19 est $11,498,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$6,401,500.00; FY 16$459,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY17: $25,000 - $1,000,000, Average $330,000 FY18: $4,338 - $1,150,000, Average $501,204 FY19 (est.) $25,000 - $1,000,000 Average: $430,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
For assistance agreements, the procedures and requirements should be in conformance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Nine projects were selected for funding in FY 16. In FY 16, the program continues to support projects which improve water quality, restore habitat, enhance and protect habitat, help coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change, and significantly advance environmental education Nine projects were selected for funding in FY 16. In FY 16, the program continues to support projects which improve water quality, restore habitat, enhance and protect habitat, help coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change, and significantly advance environmental education.
Fiscal Year 2017 For examples of funded projects funded in FY 2017, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/gulfofmexico
Fiscal Year 2018 Funded Projects include: Development and implementation of an educational tool to demonstrate the benefits of natural and living shorelines, while demonstrating the adverse effects of hardened shorelines (Mississippi and Alabama); Demonstration of a range of coastal erosion control options in Florida; Identification and testing of rural wastewater management options in Alabama; Demonstration and assessment of a decision support tool through four regional-level pilot projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas; Test innovative sampling technologies, demonstrate and implement successful practices and extend lessons learned to farmers to make management improvements in their watersheds in MS and other Gulf watershed states;
Fiscal Year 2019 Funded projects include: Targeted Restoration of Natural Resources though Innovative Technology, Public Partnerships and Farmer Cooperation in the Chipola River Basin; Train and educate K-12 teachers and students on pet waste runoff, observations, and water sampling; Identification of vulnerabilities and resiliency needs to be used to implement an action plan to strengthen local communities; Demonstrate, through monitoring of water quality, the benefit of providing incentives and training to private citizens and commercial system operators to repair malfunctioning sewage systems; Additional projects will be funded utilizing FY19 funds.

 


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