Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks


To support efforts by organizations; educational institutions; and/or State, local, and tribal governmental agencies to establish or enhance their ability to take actions that will reduce environmental risks to the health of children.

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
Fiscal Year 2016 No awards made under 66.609 in FY 2016. No awards made under 66.609 in FY 2016.
Fiscal Year 2017 One regional award made under 66.609 to reduce potential environmental hazards in child care settings through education of child care professionals and assistance implementing low-to-no cost changes in practices and purposes.
Fiscal Year 2018 N/A
Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(c)(1)
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)
Clean Air Act, Section 103 (b)(3)
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), as amended P.L. 106-74
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3)
National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F)
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under this program is generally available to States or state agencies, territories, the District of Columbia, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the U.S. It is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations. Nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. For profit organizations are generally not eligible for funding. Some of EPA's statutes may limit assistance to specific types of interested applications. See "Authorization" listed above. 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
State agencies and local governments, U.S. territories and possessions, American Indian Tribes, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public and private nonprofit institutions and organizations.
Documentation of nonprofit status may be required. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. The Office of Children's Health Protection may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications.
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. 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
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.
Specific information regarding deadlines is provided in the competitive announcement.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 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.
Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements for surveys, studies, and investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to the Office of Children's Health Protection's program priorities, and the 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. Non-competitive proposals are judged for: (a) technical merit in terms of: (1) strengths and weaknesses of the project, (2) adequacy of overall project design, (3) competency of proposed staff, (4) suitability of applicant's available resources, (5) appropriateness of the proposed project period and budget, and (6) probability that the project will accomplish stated objectives; and, for (b) program interest in terms of: (1) the need for the proposed project, and (2) relationship to program objectives.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, investigations, and special purpose assistance, plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. Funding awarded for research does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office of Research and Development. Funds awarded under Section 311(b)(3) of CERCLA must be used for projects relating to innovative or alternative treatment technologies that may be utilized in response actions to achieve more permanent protection of human health and welfare and the environment. Assistance agreement awards under this program may involve or relate to geospatial information. Further information regarding geospatial information may be obtained by viewing the following website:
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The EPA Project Officer is required to conduct baseline monitoring of each active award. For awards with original project periods 18 month or less in duration, the initial baseline monitoring will take place no later than six months from the award date. For awards with original project periods greater than 18 months in duration, the initial baseline monitoring will take place no later than 1 year from the award date. After the initial baseline monitoring, all subsequent baseline monitoring will occur within 12 months of the last baseline or advanced monitoring activity.
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.
The record retention requirements of 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E (non-profits and institutions of higher education, governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records which support substantial changes to the grant, available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients' grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipient must maintain all records for a period of three years from the date of submission of final expenditures reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of audits remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is fully resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. This program has no statutory formula. In addition, CERCLA Section 311(b)(3) requires that "to the maximum extent possible," EPA enter into an appropriate cost sharing arrangement with recipients of grants and cooperative agreements relating to innovative and alternative treatment technologies. EPA may waive the Section 311(b)(3) cost-sharing requirement in appropriate cases. Matching funds requirements may be established in program guidance or in the terms of competitive solicitations.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are usually funded on a 12- or 24-month basis. However, the Office of Children's Health Protection can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. EPA has limitations on project periods, and grants and cooperative agreements may be fully funded or incrementally funded. These determinations are made by EPA. Assistance will be awarded in a lump sum and will be released on a reimbursement basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
LaVonne Switzer
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Children's Health Protection, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 1107T)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-2711
Fax: 202-564-2733
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$25,000.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $10,000 to $150,000 per grant. Average: $100,000 per grant (2 year grants).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Surveys, studies, and investigations grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA general grant regulations, (2 CFR 200) Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR Subpart E for State and local governments and federally recognized tribes, 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for educational institutions, CFR 200 Subpart E for nonprofit institutions, and FAR Part 31 for "for profit" entities.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No awards were made in FY 2016 under CFDA 66.609. No awards were made in FY 2016 under CFDA 66.609.
Fiscal Year 2017 One award made to Region 3 organization focusing on making a visible difference in communities.
Fiscal Year 2018 NA


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