Reducing Lead in Drinking Water (SDWA 1459B)


The grant program funds activities to reduce lead in drinking water in disadvantaged communities through infrastructure and/or treatment improvements or facility remediation in schools and child care facilities. The goal of the program is to address conditions that contribute to increased concentrations of lead in drinking water. Funding Priorities - Fiscal Year 2019: Priority is given to applications that focus on reducing lead exposure in disadvantaged communities served by drinking water systems that exceeded the lead action level within the last three years, and/or that fall within or contain Opportunity Zones.

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
Not applicable.
Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Section 1459B, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 300j-19b
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include community water systems; water systems located in an area governed by an Indian Tribe; non-transient non-community water systems; qualified nonprofit organizations servicing a public water system; municipalities; and state, interstate, or inter-municipal agencies. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible to apply. The EPA may ask applicants to demonstrate that they are eligible for funding under this announcement.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The priority is to benefit disadvantaged communities, which are defined as "the service area of a public water system that meets affordability criteria as established by each State under section 1452(d)(3) of the SDWA.
Non-profit applicants may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the definition of a non-profit organization.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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 Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. For competitive awards, the Request for Application will specify application procedures.
Award Procedure
For competitive awards, EPA will review and evaluate applications 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 competitive announcement of the Request for Application in
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
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.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing will be described in the competitive announcement. Competitive proposals will be selected in accordance with announced criteria.
How may assistance be used?
Grants and Cooperative agreements are available to support recipient’s allowable direct costs in approved scopes of work plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with EPA policies and regulations. Funds are provided to eligible applicants to carry out projects and activities needed for infrastructure and/or treatment improvements or facility remediation in schools and child care facilities. The goal of these projects is to address conditions that contribute to increased concentrations of lead in drinking water, especially in disadvantaged communities, communities with drinking water systems that have demonstrated lead action level exceedances in the preceding three years and/or that fall within or contain Opportunity Zones, or in schools and/or child care facilities. Specific uses and restrictions on funds will be described in detail in the competitive announcements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The Grants Management Specialists (GMS) reviews grantee cash expenditure reports to determine whether they indicate a pattern of accelerated or delayed expenditures. Expenditure patterns are of particular concern because they may indicate a deficiency in the grantee's financial management system or internal controls. Accelerated or delayed expenditures may result in a grantee's inability to complete the approved project within the approved budget and period of performance. In these situations, additional information from the grantee may be sought and may require additional appropriate actions.
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 200 and 1500 as applicable, apply. 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. 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 completely resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 20%. This program has no statutory formula. The program requires a non-federal cost share/match of no less than 20% of the total costs of the project. Match may be in-kind consistent with the regulations governing match requirements at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable. Matching requirements will be described in the competitive announcement.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of grant award. The method of fund disbursement will be determined by the EPA at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Catherine M. Davis
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 1305A)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-564-2703
Fax: 202-564-3754

Yvonne Gonzalez
Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code: 7405M)
Washington, DC 20460 USA
Phone: 202-564-2912
Fax: 202-564-3754
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$10,000,000.00; FY 19 est $15,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $2,000,000 to $16,000,000; Average: $8,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Assistance agreement awards are subject to the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200, and 1500 as applicable. Costs are to be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.