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.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: It is not anticipated that any awards will be made under CFDA 66.609 for FY 2014.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015:It is not anticipated that any awards will be made under CFDA 66.609 for FY 2015.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.609
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of the Administrator
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: It is not anticipated that any awards will be made in FY 2014 under CFDA 66.609. Fiscal Year 2015: No awards made under 66.609 in FY 2015. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 1442; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Clean Air Act, Section 103; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Clean Water Act, Section 104; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311.
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 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 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.
Credentials/Documentation
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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. 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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications (except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency)to be made on Standard Form 424, "Application for Federal Assistance." Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. For competitive awards, the Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.
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
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Approximately 180 days.
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
None. 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 CFDA description 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: http://geodata.epa.gov.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports. Reporting requirements are also identified in EPA's grants regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500. Quarterly progress reports are required to be sent to the EPA Project Officer within 30 days after each reporting period. These reports will cover work status, work progress, difficulties encountered, preliminary data results and a statement of activity anticipated during the subsequent reporting period, including a description of equipment, techniques, and materials to be used or evaluated. The report shall also include any changes of key personnel concerned with the project. Quarterly progress reports are required to be sent to the EPA Project Officer within 30 days after each reporting period. A discussion of expenditures along with a comparison of the percentage of the project completed to the project schedule and an explanation of significant discrepancies shall be included in the report. 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.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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
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
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: EPA's Appropriation Act requires that applicants submitting unsolicited research grant proposals share in the cost of conducting research. The amount of the cost share will be based on the mutuality of interest between the Government and the applicant. This requirement cannot be waived by EPA. 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.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
EPA normally funds grants and cooperative agreements 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 limits project periods to five (5) years. Grants and cooperative agreements may be incrementally funded or fully funded. This determination is made by EPA. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: 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
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
LaVonne Switzer, Office of Children's Health Protection; USEPA; Mail Code: 1107T; 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: switzer.lavonne@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-2711.
Website Address
http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/homepage.htm
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - FY 2014 $0.00, FY 2015 estimate $0.00, FY 2016 $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 2014: No awards were made in FY 2014 under CFDA 66.609. Fiscal Year 2015: No awards were made in FY 2015 under CFDA 66.609. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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