International Compliance and Enforcement Projects
The primary purpose of the proposed capacity building projects is to protect human health and the environment while advancing U.S. national interests through international environmental collaboration on environmental compliance and enforcement. International capacity building plays a key role in protecting human health, communities and the environment by providing technical cooperation to help countries improve environmental compliance and enforcement. OECA will work to transfer appropriate compliance and enforcement tools and techniques to key countries and regions as we collaborate with partners to improve compliance with domestic environmental laws in those countries. In addition, we will continue efforts to strengthen domestic, regional, and global networks on criminal and civil/administrative enforcement, build capacity in developing countries to monitor and enforce compliance with environmental laws, and share information with countries on targeting and advanced monitoring tools. OECA plays a key role in ensuring trade-related activities support environmental protection, particularly related to effective enforcement of environmental laws. Initiatives relating to environmental trade and investment are carried out bilaterally, multilaterally or in connection with multilateral institutions such as the International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement (INECE) and associated regional networks, INTERPOL's Environmental Crime Program, the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, European Union (EU), and others. Also, OECA will support protection of human health and the ecosystem of North America through the United States participation in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other international entities. OECA will provide targeted capacity building support under the environmental cooperation agreements developed parallel to U.S. free trade agreements. Funding Priority Fiscal Year 2019: EPA expects to continue funding for ongoing activities that advance environmental compliance worldwide.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2016
In FY 2016, the program supported a reorganization and update of the www.inece.org website, strengthening of partnerships in China and other regions, training for customs and port officials in Africa and Asia, and development of training materials on enforcement of laws to reduce climate change. In FY 2016, the program supported a reorganization and update of the www.inece.org website, strengthening of partnerships in China and other regions, training for customs and port officials in Africa and Asia, and development of training materials on enforcement of laws to reduce climate change.Fiscal Year 2017
In FY 2017, the program continued to support the www.inece.org website and hosted a series of webinars on enforcement programmatic performance measures that lead to the publication of a white paper on best practices.Fiscal Year 2018
EPA expects to continued funding for ongoing activities that advance environmental compliance worldwide.
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Section 203
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended by P.L. 106-74
Clean Air Act, Section 103
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)&(c)
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F)
Clean Water Act, Section 104
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Assistance under this program is generally available to States and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, which submit applications proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance's mission. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this 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.
States and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions.
Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) may require applicants to submit documentation of non-profit status. OECA may request applicants to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. OECA may also ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
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 assistance listing, 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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov. Under EPA Order No. 5700.5A1, Policy for Competition in Assistance Agreements, assistance awards to Foreign Governments and to United Nations agencies and similar International Organizations, such as the Organization of American States and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), may be exempted from competition at the discretion of OECA. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures for these entities.
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. For non-competitive awards, OECA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and a 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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 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 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, 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. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to OECA's priorities, and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct cost expenditures associated with the approved project plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institution, in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200. Funding awarded for international research under these projects does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office of Research and Development.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Monitoring is required under this program.
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.
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 audit, related records must 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
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. EPA limits project periods to 5 years. Payments will be on an advance letter of credit or reimbursement basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
All assistance agreements issued under this assistance listing will originate in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) at EPA Headquarters.
Immediate Office, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. (Mail Code: 2201A)
Washington, DC 20460 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$130,944.00; FY 19 FY 20 FY 16$170,000.00; FY 17 est $59,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $30,000 - $1,000,000; Average: FY 2010 est. $400,000, FY 2011 est. $300,000, FY 2012 est. $620,000, FY 2013 est. $150,000, FY 2014 est. $0, FY 2015 est. $275,000, FY 2016 est. $170,000, FY 2017 est. $59,000. Annual amounts fluctuate greatly because OECA usually issues a single large grants for multiple years with interim awards for other projects at much lower levels. In FY 2018 we funded awards in the amounts of $80,944 and $50,000. In FY 2019 we anticipate that we will add $25,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
These grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations (2 CFR 200 and 1500). Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for educational institutions, and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for nonprofit institutions.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
In FY 2017, the project supported a series of webinars on enforcement programmatic measures which led to a white paper with recommendations based on best international practices.Fiscal Year 2018
NAFiscal Year 2016
For FY 2016, funding has supported a training course in China on air monitoring technology, training for customs and port officials on movements of environmentally controlled products and wastes, and updates to the www.inece.org website. For FY 2016, funding has supported a training course in China on air monitoring technology, training for customs and port officials on movements of environmentally controlled products and wastes, and updates to the www.inece.org website.