Region 3 Environmental Priority Projects


Assistance agreements awarded under this program must support, surveys, studies, investigations, training, demonstrations and special purpose assistance associated with air quality, acid deposition, drinking water, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, or pesticides: (a) to identify, develop, and demonstrate necessary pollution control techniques; (b) to prevent, reduce, and eliminate pollution; (c) to evaluate the economic and social consequences of alternative strategies and mechanisms for use by those in economic, social, governmental, and environmental management positions; and (d) to promote collaboration on projects and activities within the states and enable wider and more coordinated state input on national environmental issues. Awards under this program must be performed within the Region III area of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and/or District of Columbia.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2012: The Fiscal Year 2012 priority is to fund a co-sponor(s) to work with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in support of the 2011-2013 Mid-Atlantic Region Student Environmental Development Program.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/03/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Region 3
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available
Clean Water Act, Section 104; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Clean Air Act, Section 103; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under this program is generally available to state and local governments and the District of Columbia. Assistance is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions (Non-profit 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 applicants. 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 and local governments, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions within Region III's geographical area.
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. Region III representatives may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
EPA, Region 3 awards grants and cooperative agreements supporting surveys, studies, investigations, training, demonstrations and special purpose assistance under this program description in response to an EPA competitive solicitation. 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. 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
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-110 must be used for this program. EPA Region 3 requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424, "Application for Federal Assistance." Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 3, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Grants and Audit Management Branch (3PM70). Additional information on the EPA assistance package can be found at: Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA. For competitive awards the funding announcement will specify application procedures.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
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 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds. EPA can incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements for surveys, studies, and investigations, training, demonstrations and special purpose assistance. The approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to Region 3 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.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance awards in the form of grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, investigations, training, demonstrations 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. 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:

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?
No program reports are required. In addition to the general reporting requirements under 40 CFR, EPA includes specific reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require financial, equipment, and invention reports. Reporting requirements are also identified in EPA's grant regulations 40 CFR Parts 30 and 31. Cash reports are required. Progress reports are required. Expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. 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 40 CFR Part 30 (nonprofits and institutions of higher education) or 40 CFR Part 31 (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 (3) years from the date of submission of final expenditures reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of audits or litigation 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.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are normally funded on a 12-month basis. However, EPA Region III can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements, consistent with legislative rules and EPA policy. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Full or partial awards may be made. Awards are released through an electronic funds transfer method.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. EPA, Region 3, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, Kathleen Blinebury, 215-814-5395, fax 215-814-5271,
Headquarters Office
Kathleen Blinebury EPA Region 3
1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 Email: Phone: 215-814-5395
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 11 $105,000; FY 12 est $105,000; and FY 13 est $105,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Three awards were made in FY 2011 for $35,000 each and we anticipate making three awards in FY 2012 for $35,000 each.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA general grant regulations (40 CFR Parts 30, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations," and 40 CFR Part 31, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments"). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions, and FAR Part 31 for "for profit" entities.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available


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