National Wetland Program Development Grants and Five-Star Restoration Training Grant

 

To assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies, and interstate/intertribal entities in building programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of the grants is to build state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2019: For the National WPDGs: EPA has identified the following national priorities - National Priority Area 1: Core Elements Framework. National Priority Area 1 is based on the four core elements of a Comprehensive State/Tribal Wetlands Program: 1) Monitoring and Assessment; 2) Voluntary Wetland Restoration and Protection; 3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and 4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards. Further explanation of all of the elements can be found at the following website address: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. The Wetlands Program Development Grants (WPDG) program strives to develop State/Tribal/local government programs that will incorporate each of these elements. For the Five-Star Restoration Training Grants, EPA funds an intermediary organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees to bring together citizen groups, corporations, youth conservation corps, students, landowners, and government agencies to undertake projects that achieve environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2020: For the National WPDGs: EPA has identified the following national priorities - National Priority Area 1: Core Elements Framework. National Priority Area 1 is based on the four core elements of a Comprehensive State/Tribal Wetlands Program: 1) Monitoring and Assessment; 2) Voluntary Wetland Restoration and Protection; 3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and 4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards. Further explanation of all of the elements can be found at the following website address: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. The Wetlands Program Development Grants (WPDG) program strives to develop State/Tribal/local government programs that will incorporate each of these elements. For the Five-Star Restoration Training Grants, EPA funds an intermediary organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees to bring together citizen groups, corporations, youth conservation corps, students, landowners, and government agencies to undertake projects that achieve environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.462
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 16, funding will continue to support projects that encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs while leveraging adaptation to climate change; develop a handbook for states, tribes, and local governments on the policy and practice of stream compensatory mitigation; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs; and develop and distribute programmatic support documents for identifying and sampling candidate reference wetland sites using consistent wetland condition assessment methods across the nation, piloted through programs in 10 states. EPA anticipates issuing a competition in FY16. In FY 16, funding will continue to support projects that encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; and increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs; and develop. EPA issued a competition in FY16 and made seven (7) awards.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 17, funding supported projects that encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; and increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 18, funding continued to support projects that encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; and increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs.
Fiscal Year 2019 For FY 2019, funding continued to support projects include projects that: produce a series of comprehensive guides and webinars on the most challenging components of in lieu fee (ILF) program implementation; developing stronger cooperative federalism between federal and state agencies in the area of wetland regulation; improve the capacity of states, tribes, and local government agencies to partner with hazard mitigation agencies to integrate wetland restoration priorities into new state and local hazard mitigation plans; providing tools for the development of complete state assumption applications that meet program requirements; increasing the capacity of states, tribes, and local governments to ensure ecologically effective compensatory mitigation; and identifying ways to enhance, protect and restore wetlands within and surrounding urban areas to maximize economic, ecological and social benefits for urban communities.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY 2020 competition(s) will be announced for this program based on available funds and Agency and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. Projects will support activities to build state/tribal/local wetland program building and improvement.
Authorization
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), as amended, Public Law 92-500, 33 U.S.C. 1254(b)(3)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-profit, non-governmental organizations, Interstate agencies, and Intertribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance wetland programs on a national basis are eligible to compete in this program. The term "interstate agency" is defined in CWA Section 502 as "an agency of two or more States established by or pursuant to an agreement or compact approved by the Congress, or any other agency of two or more States, having substantial powers or duties pertaining to the control of pollution as determined and approved by the Administrator." Intertribal consortia must meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, 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, Tribal, and local governments involved in administering wetlands protection, restoration, and/or management programs or programs related to or complement wetlands protection programs.
Credentials/Documentation
Non-profit applicants may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the definition of a non-profit organization. Interstate organizations may be asked to provide a citation to the statutory authority, which establishes their status. Intertribal consortia may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504.
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. .
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The EPA Headquarters (HQ) Office will conduct the competitive process for awarding National Wetland Program Development Grants. Interested applicants should review information on the National Wetland Program Development Grants at: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. Submittal instructions can be found in the competitive announcement. The EPA Headquarters (HQ) Office will conduct the competitive process for awarding the Five-Star Restoration Training Grant. Interested applicants should review information on the Five-Star Restoration Training Grant at: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. Submittal instructions can be found in the competitive announcement. All applicants will be notified by the HQ Office on whether or not the applicant has been selected for funding. The notification is not an authorization to begin performance. The Grant Award document signed by the appropriate grant official in the EPA HQ Office is the authorizing document. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants.
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 about deadlines is provided in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Grants are usually approved within 4 months of receipt of completed application.
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
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA assistance listing description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The National WPDGs are intended to encourage comprehensive, national wetlands program development by promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Projects build the capacity of States, Tribes, and local governments programs to effectively protect wetland and riparian resources. Activities must help S/T/LGs develop and refine wetland programs. Projects funded under this program support the initial development of a national wetlands protection, restoration or management program, or support enhancement/refinement of an existing national program. Projects must be broad in scope and include more than one EPA Region or be national in scope and cannot be limited to activities that affect such entities in only one EPA region. For example, projects and tasks can involve advancing science or collecting and making available through publications and other appropriate means, such as training on information about how various wetland programs across the nation protect, manage, and restore their wetland resources and about initiatives to improve S/T/LG wetland programs. Projects that are local or encompass only one EPA Region in scope are not eligible for funding under this program but may be eligible for funding under EPA's Regional Wetland Program Development Grants program (CFDA 66.461). EPA's Five Star Restoration Training Grant is anticipated to fund one cooperative agreement to an organization to manage the Five Star Restoration Training Grant subaward process that will award subgrants to achieve environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects. Projects funded under the subgrant process must be limited to activities that conduct or promote the coordination and acceleration of training relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Other activities under section 104(b)(3) will not be considered for funding. Funds.
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 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%. The applicant must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the project to the extent allowed by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, 40 CFR 35.385, and 35.615. To determine if the minimum match is met, EPA will use the following formula: amount (in dollars) of federal funds requested from EPA divided by 3 = minimum match (in dollars) or Total project amount (in dollars) divided by 4 = minimum match (in dollars). This program has no statutory formula. The applicant must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the project to the extent allowed by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, 40 CFR 35.385, and 35.615. To determine if the minimum match is met, EPA will use the following formula: amount (in dollars) of federal funds requested from EPA divided by 3 = minimum match (in dollars) or Total project amount (in dollars) divided by 4 = minimum match (in dollars). For example, if the applicant requests $75,000 of federal funds or has a total project cost of $100,000 for a three-year project period, it must be able to provide $25,000 in matching funds or services. A reduced match may be available for Tribal grantees that place the Wetland Program Development Grant funds in a Performance Partnership Grant. (See regulations at 40 CFR 536(c)). States and Tribes can provide a larger share of the project's cost whenever possible (i.e., in excess of the required 25 percent of total project costs). Award recipients can meet the match requirements with in-kind or monetary contributions from entities other than themselves. However, other Federal money cannot be used as the match for this grant program unless authorized by the statute governing the award of the other Federal funds. Matching funds are considered grant funds. They must be used for the reasonable and necessary expenses of carrying out the assistance agreement workplan. Any restrictions on the use of grant funds (i.e., prohibition of land acquisition with grant funds) also apply to the matching funds.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of grant 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Myra Price
Wetlands Division, Office of Oceans, Wetlands, and Watersheds, Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. ( Mail Code: 4502T)
Washington, DC 20460 US
price.myra@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 566-1225
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$788,451.00; FY 19 est $775,000.00; FY 20 est $400,000.00; FY 17$1,437,424.00; FY 16$650,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
National Wetlands Program Development Grants: $75,000 to $200,000/every two years; $160,500/every two years; Five-Star Restoration Training Grant: $1,000,000 every four years
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General grant regulations and procedures, 2 CFR 200 and 1500, 40 CFR 35.610, as applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 The Wetland Program Development Grant database will provide project information for the National WDPGs (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). Examples of funded projects include projects that: encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs while leveraging adaptation to climate change; develop a handbook for states, tribes, and local governments on the policy and practice of stream compensatory mitigation; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs; and develop and distribute programmatic support documents for identifying and sampling candidate reference wetland sites using consistent wetland condition assessment methods across the nation, piloted through programs in 10 states The Wetland Program Development Grant database will provide project information for the National WDPGs (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). Examples of funded projects include projects that: improving wetland/aquatic Resource Protection through §401Certification of linear energy transmission project permits; assist states and tribes to effectively integrate their use of compensation for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) for damage to wetlands and aquatic resources with wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fee (ILF) programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; develop a webinar series on the policy, practice, and science of stream mitigation for states, tribes, and local governments; developing a protocol for gathering and organizing current and historic data on compensatory mitigation and tracking these data into the future; development of Rapid Assessment Tools to Identify opportunities for transgression of coastal wetlands; and to identify ways to integrate state and tribal wetland programs with other federal, state and local water, habitat and floodplain programs in order to leverage the benefits of wetland protection and restoration to improve overall watershed health
Fiscal Year 2018 The Wetland Program Development Grant database will provide project information for the National WDPGs (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). Examples of continuing funded projects include projects that: improving wetland/aquatic Resource Protection through §401 Certification of linear energy transmission project permits; assist states and tribes to effectively integrate their use of compensation for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) for damage to wetlands and aquatic resources with wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fee (ILF) programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; develop a webinar series on the policy, practice, and science of stream mitigation for states, tribes, and local governments; developing a protocol for gathering and organizing current and historic data on compensatory mitigation and tracking these data into the future; development of Rapid Assessment Tools to Identify opportunities for transgression of coastal wetlands; and to identify ways to integrate state and tribal wetland programs with other federal, state and local water, habitat and floodplain programs in order to leverage the benefits of wetland protection and restoration to improve overall watershed health.
Fiscal Year 2019 The Wetland Program Development Grant database will provide project information for the National WDPGs (http://iaspub.epa.gov/apex/wgd/f?p=101). Examples of continued funded projects include projects that: produce a series of comprehensive guides and webinars on the most challenging components of in lieu fee (ILF) program implementation; developing stronger cooperative federalism between federal and state agencies in the area of wetland regulation; improve the capacity of states, tribes, and local government agencies to partner with hazard mitigation agencies to integrate wetland restoration priorities into new state and local hazard mitigation plans; providing tools for the development of complete state assumption applications that meet program requirements; increasing the capacity of states, tribes, and local governments to ensure ecologically effective compensatory mitigation; and identifying ways to enhance, protect and restore wetlands within and surrounding urban areas to maximize economic, ecological and social benefits for urban communities.
Fiscal Year 2020 The WPDG database provides project information for grants funded through this program since 2005. (http://iaspub.epa.gov/apex/wdg/f?p=101) Examples of funded projects for FY2020 are not yet available.