Multipurpose Grants to States and Tribes


Multipurpose Grants (MPGs) are intended to be used at state and tribal discretion, for high-priority activities to complement activities funded under established environmental statutes.

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 The FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided $21,000,000 ($20,809,000 with rescission applied) for EPA to issue grants to states and tribes to assist with implementing environmental programs. EPA provided $19,809,000 to states and territories to support implementation of air and state-led climate activities and other state-identified high priority activities. Based on EPA’s grant guidance, states are to direct at least 65% of their funding to support air work and may use up to 35% of their funding on other state-identified activities. EPA also provided $1,000,000 to tribes that have obtained authorization to develop water quality standards. All 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia accepted their allocated share of multipurpose grant funding.Tribes are using multipurpose funding to complement and enhance implementation of their water quality standards programs in conjunction with existing Clean Water Act Section 106 activities.
Fiscal Year 2017 NA
Fiscal Year 2018 NA
Fiscal Year 2022 For past accomplishments under this assistance listing, please visit the following website:
Clean Water Act, Section 518(e)
EPA's Annual Appropriation Acts
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under this program is generally available to states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and other state entities with authority conferred by the governor or designee of the governor to administer federal environmental programs on behalf of the state. States may have more than one agency or department receiving funds directly from EPA to implement programs tied to national environmental statutes; each of these entities is eligible to receive MPG funding. Recipients generally must be agencies of state or territorial governments. Federally-recognized tribes that have received treatment in a similar manner to a state regulatory program status are also eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
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.
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
Award Procedure
EPA will evaluate each application to determine the adequacy of the proposed project to meet the specified purpose of the project and compliance with other applicable laws. EPA will also review the application in relation to EPA's general grant regulations and OMB guidance.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 90-180 days.
Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals are subject to approval of EPA.
How are proposals selected?
Addresses the specific purpose designated by programs in EPA's annual Appropriations Act or other environmental statutes. All programs must meet the criteria identified in the Grant Guidance for Multipurpose Grants to States and Tribes (
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support programs under established environmental statutes. Allowable direct and indirect costs are included, in accordance with established EPA policies and requirements for assistance agreements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Reporting requirements and frequency will be outlined in the terms and conditions of the grant or cooperative agreement.
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.
Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and cooperative agreements records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of final expenditure reports as required by 2 CFR 200.334. If questions, such as those raised because of audits remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: This program does not have a statutory formula. However, EPA allocates funds based on formulas contained in regulations or program guidance.

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 agreement shall be determined at time of award; however, existing EPA grant policies limit project periods for the programs listed above to no more than five years. The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Applicants are encouraged to contact the appropriate Regional Points of Contact. A list of the current Regional Points of Contact can be found in the Multipurpose Grants to States and Tribes Guidance:
Headquarters Office
Rachel Congdon, State MPG Contact
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-1564

William Post, Tribal MPG Contact
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-564-5607
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$0.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $10,200,000.00; FY 21$10,000,000.00; FY 20$13,000,000.00; FY 19$20,414,000.00; FY 18$9,800,000.00; FY 17$162,900.00; FY 16$20,809,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $25,074 to $333,191 in FY20 funds (states) Average: $197,321 per state. Congress did not appropriate funds for the Multipurpose Grant program in FY22 or FY23.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 and 1500 (EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards); 40 CFR Part 33 (Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in United States Environmental Protection Agency Programs); and EPA Grant Guidance for Multipurpose Grants to States and Tribes, found at:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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