Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program (PRP)


The purpose of the program is to restore the ecological health of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin by developing and funding restoration projects and related scientific and public education projects. Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2019: EPA will continue to work to restore the ecological health of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. EPA will invest funds for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Program for the following type of activities: Completing plans and studies as identified in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Program Comprehensive Management Plan (LPBCMP) which supports the following goals: Planning and design of consolidated wastewater treatment systems, which supports sustainable infrastructure goals; Repair and replacement studies to improve existing wastewater systems; and Investigation and design of storm water management systems. Conducting outreach and public education projects that address the goals of the LPBCMP, such as: Improving the management of animal waste lagoons by educating and assisting the agricultural community on lagoon maintenance techniques; Protecting and restoring critical habitats and encouraging sustainable growth by providing information and guidance on habitat protection and green development techniques; and reducing pollution at its source

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Clean Water Act, Section 121 and 320
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The grants for this program are awarded to the Management Conference, also know as the PRP, for restoration projects, studies and public education projects. Eligible sub-grantees for this program include the Parishes and Cities within the 16 parish area of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Watershed and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. Local, nonprofits (includes State-designated Indian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals). 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible applicants for assistance include the Parishes and Cities within the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Watershed and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Regarding pre-application/pre-proposal assistance with respect to competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing 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.
Application Procedure
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 Additional information on applying for EPA grants can be found at:
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated by the appropriate EPA office and are subject to review for technical merit, soundness of design, and reasonableness of proposed costs. Approved projects are awarded by the Regional Administrator. 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.
Deadline information will be in the competitive announcement Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Grants are awarded within two months of receipt of a complete application.
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.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
PRP projects to be funded are selected through an annual, publicly-vetted process with the selection of projects made by the PRP Executive committee and ultimately approved by an internal regional EPA review. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration program goals are to maintain, protect and restore the water quality of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The Administrator may make grants (1) for restoration projects and studies recommended by a management conference convened for the basin under section 320, and (2) for public education projects recommended by the management conference.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Progress reports will be submitted quarterly, and Region 6 will conduct an annual program review.
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 charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of 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 is mandatory. 25%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. Assistance disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Leslie Rauscher, Project Officer, WDAS USEPA Region 6, 1201 Elm Street, Suite #500, Dallas, TX 75270, Phone: 214-665-2773; Fax: 214-665-6490; Email:
Headquarters Office
Leslie Rauscher
USEPA Region 6 , 1201 Elm Street, Suite #500
Dallas, TX 75270 US
Phone: 214-665-2773
Fax: 214-665-6490
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$947,000.00; FY 19 est $947,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$947,000.00; FY 16$948,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range of funding for the projects were as follows: FY 2018 for thirteen (13) projects from $4,000 to $461,774. The average including all thirteen (13) projects was $89,459. For FY 2017 for fifteen (15) projects from $20,000 to $300,000. The average including all fifteen (15) projects was $62,698. For FY 2016, for fourteen (14) projects from $25,000 to $327,680. The average including all fourteen (14) projects was $47,500.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards; Title 2 CFR, Parts 200 and 1500.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 NA
Fiscal Year 2018 NA
Fiscal Year 2016 For 2016, fourteen (14) projects have been recommended for funding ranging from $25,000 to $327,680. For 2016, fourteen (14) projects were funded ranging from $25,000 to $327,680. The projects include: Reserve wastewater collection system lift station and force main capacity evaluation; emergency power for lift stations; lift station sub-basin collection area assessment; storm water management plan; Lake Pontchartrain ecosystem restoration & preservation program; upgrade lift station and force main; pollution source tracking for water quality in the Ponchitolawa Creek watershed; redirecting flows project for a municipality; sewer district phase II expansion study; landscape and stormwater management design plan for Bucktown Marina ecology park; lift station rehabilitation; and phase II of a sanitary sewerage improvement program.


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