Performance Partnership Grants

 

Improving EPA's partnership with the States and Tribes is critical to accelerating environmental outcomes. Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs) are the cornerstone of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS) -- EPA's strategy to strengthen partnerships and build a results-based management system. PPGs are innovative grant delivery tools that allow States and Tribes to combine up to 20 eligible State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) grants into a single grant with a single budget. PPGs can reduce administrative transaction costs, provide the flexibility to direct resources toward the highest priority environmental problems, and support cross-media approaches and initiatives. EPA's overarching goal is to optimize the leveraging power of PPGs to focus strategically on the joint priorities of EPA, States and Tribes. PPGs do not include any funding in addition to the state and tribal assistance grants provided under other statutory authorities. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2019: EPA headquarters and regional offices will give priority to flexibility and opportunities to work collaboratively with States and Tribes. The Agency will continue to focus on our ongoing goals for the PPG program, which are: (1) strengthen partnerships between EPA, the States, Tribes, and interstate agencies through joint planning and priority setting to deploy resources more effectively; (2) provide States, Tribes, and interstate agencies with the flexibility to direct resources where they are needed most to address environmental and public health priorities; (3) link program activities more effectively with environmental and public health goals and environmental outcomes; (4) foster implementation of innovative approaches such as pollution prevention, ecosystem management, and community-based environmental protection strategies; and (5) provide savings by streamlining administrative requirements.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.605
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
A - Formula Grants; B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available. hese grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA. As EPA’s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues. These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA’s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues. If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA. https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=step1&id=369fc5eda1e44e7dd8002f175c10809d
Fiscal Year 2017 PPGs have allowed States to take advantage of administrative and program efficiencies and innovations to achieve greater environmental and program results. States and Tribes have used PPGs to address critical emergencies and unplanned events and have used PPG flexibility to overcome periodic budget needs or high program demands in specific programs. States and Tribes have used PPGs to implement multi-program initiatives and innovations that impact many environmental programs. They also have taken advantage of streamlined administrative procedures to make grant processes more efficient. PPGs have allowed Tribes to develop and implement environmental programs in situations where it would have been more difficult using categorical grants.
Fiscal Year 2018 NA
Authorization
Appropriations Act of 1996, Public Law 104-34
Appropriations Act of 1998, Public Law 105-65
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
All States, interstate agencies, U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and federally recognized Indian Tribes eligible to receive more than one of the 20 categorical grant programs referred to in "Uses and Use Restrictions" above are eligible to apply for PPGs. Any duly authorized State or tribal entity that currently receives or is eligible to receive EPA categorical program grants may request a PPG for the funds it administers. This may include agencies other than environmental agencies (for example, agricultural and health agencies), where authorized by state or tribal law.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, U.S. territories, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and interstate agencies.
Credentials/Documentation
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. Applicants interested in pursuing PPGs should coordinate with their appropriate EPA regional office to develop a PPG through joint negotiations (See Appendix IV of the Catalog).
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants will negotiate the content of their PPG with their EPA regional office and submit an application for the PPG based on these negotiations. Applicants for PPGs must submit an "Application for Federal Assistance: State and Local Non-Construction Programs," Standard Form 424, including the required supporting documents. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through https://www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Grant applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA regional office, and if approved, awarded by the Regional Administrator. If an applicant is selected for a competitive award, the applicant will work with the EPA regional office to add those competitive grant funds to the PPG if requested by the state. The workplan and supporting documentation that were the basis of the competitive award also will be added to the PPG.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 60 days.
Appeals
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?
Applicants must meet selection criteria for the categorical grants to be combined in the PPG.
How may assistance be used?
PPGs are a type of modified block grant, where recipients may combine funds from categorical grants to accomplish their joint and several purposes, so long as recipients meet program requirements for each categorical grant combined into the PPG. The 20 categorical grants eligible for PPGs are a mixture of continuing program grants and competitive project grants. Eligible recipients can combine two or more of the following 20 categorical grants programs identified in EPA's State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) appropriation into a PPG: (1) Air Pollution Control (Clean Air Act [CAA] Section 105); (2) Water Pollution Control (Clean Water Act [CWA] Section 106); (3) Nonpoint Source Management (CWA Section 319); (4) Wetlands Program Development (CWA Section 104(b)(3)); (5) Public Water System Supervision (Safe Drinking Water Act [SDWA] Sections 1443(a) and 1451(a)(3)); (6) Underground Water Source Protection (SDWA Section 1443(b)); (7) Hazardous Waste Management (Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 3011(a)); (8) Underground Storage Tank (Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 2007(f)(2)); (9) Radon Assessment and Mitigation (Toxic Substances Control Act [TSCA] Section 306); (10) Lead-based Paint Activities (TSCA Section 404(g)); (11) Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring (TSCA Section 28); (12) Pollution Prevention Incentives for States (Pollution Prevention Act [PPA] Section 6605); (13) Pesticide Cooperative Enforcement (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act [FIFRA] Section 23(a)(1); (14) Pesticides Program Implementation (FIFRA Section 23(a)(1)); (15) Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (FIFRA Section 23 (a)(2)); (16) Environmental Information Network Exchange Grants (Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies of 2003, Public Law 108-7; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, Public Law 108-199); (17) Brownfields State and Tribal Response Program Grants (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 [CERCLA], Section 128(a), as amended; Public Law 107-118; Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act); (18) General Assistance Grants to Indian Tribes (Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992; only eligible Tribes can propose to include these funds in a PPG application); (19) Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act (Public Law 106-284); and (20) Multipurpose grants to states and tribes, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113). Recipients may use PPGs to fund activities that are within the cumulative eligibilities of the 20 categorical grants programs listed above for which they are eligible.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring may be required. Refer to the program descriptions for the individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs.
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 charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions 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. Major portions of the PPGs are by statutory formula. The allocation for a PPG consists of the cumulative allocations for the categorical grants included in the PPG. Recipients should calculate a single, composite minimum cost share (based on the match or maintenance of effort requirements of the categorical grants included in the PPG) for each of their PPGs. To calculate the minimum cost share for a PPG, start with the amount of federal dollars from each program (source of funds) going into the PPG. The minimum required cost share for each portion is determined by identifying the cost share requirements of the relevant categorical grant program. The minimum recipient cost share for the PPG is the sum of the minimum cost shares of the contributed categorical grants. Tribal governments and intertribal consortia may be eligible for match requirement waivers based on demonstrated hardship. Such waiver eligibility will be determined by the Regional Administrator and will be based on socio-economic criteria.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the PPG shall be determined during pre-application negotiations and at the time of the award. Applicants may choose to submit either annual or multi-year work plans and project periods. Budget periods will be for 12 months with the applicant having the flexibility to select, in consultation with the Regional Administrator, the specific start and end date for the budget period. Grant awards are made after review and approval of the application. Grantees are reimbursed for actual expenses based on submissions in financial status reports. Annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for EPA Regional Office contacts.
Headquarters Office
Michael Osinski
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 3903R)
Washington, DC 20460 US
osinski.michael@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 564-3792

Daniel Murphy
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 2723A)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Murphy.Dan@epa.gov
Phone: 202-564-3227
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/ocir/national-environmental-performance-partnership-system-nepps
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304
Obligations
(Formula Grants) FY 18$445,000,000.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$445,000,000.00; FY 16$445,000,000.00; - NOTE: The amounts cited above are inclusive of, not in addition to, obligations reported under individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
There is no low-end limit for PPG awards, which may be as small as combining two programs and thousands of dollars to Tribes, or as large as combining up to 20 categorical grants to States. PPG totals for larger States can exceed $10 million. In FY 2014, state PPGs generally contained six or seven categorical grants, with award amounts averaging around $5 million.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
40 CFR Part 35 Subparts A and B; 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments."
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No content available. hese grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA. As EPA’s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues. These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA’s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues. If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA. https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=step1&id=369fc5eda1e44e7dd8002f175c10809d
Fiscal Year 2017 These grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA. As EPA’s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues. These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA’s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues. If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA.
Fiscal Year 2018 N/A

 



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