Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Training and Special Purpose Activities Relating to Environmental Justice


The program's objective is to provide funding in support of surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance programs as they relate to environmental and/or public health issues, with a particular emphasis on environmental justice.

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.
Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a), as amended by P.L. 106-74
Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), Section 311(c)
Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3)
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a), as amended by P.O. 106-74
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3)
Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203
Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a)
Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Assistance under this program is generally available to States, territories, Indian Tribes, intertribal consortia, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions. 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
States, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions and the communities they serve.
Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants or principle 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 in the competitive announcement.
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.
Deadline information will be 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 EPA's priorities, and 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.
How may assistance be used?
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?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is required under this program. Reporting requirements shall be determined at the time of grant award.
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.
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 requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grants and cooperative agreements are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Most of awarded grants and cooperative agreements have project periods ranging from one year to three years, and generally, grants and cooperative agreements are fully funded at the time of award. Grant award fully funded at time of award and recipient will draw down funds on an as needed basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Region l (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont): Primary Contact: Marcus Holmes, Holmes. , USEPA Region 1 (RAA), One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Region 2( New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands): Primary Contact: Tasha Frazier (212) 637-3861,, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Region 3 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia): Primary Contact: Reginald Harris (215) 814-2988,, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Region 4( Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee): Primary Contact: Tami Thomas-Burton, , USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Region 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin): Primary Contact: Kathy Triantafillou, , USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507; Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas): Primary Contact: Debra Tellez,, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Region 7 (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska): Primary Contact: Monica Espinosa, USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101; Secondary: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649,, Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming): Primary Contact: Corbin Darling, , USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Region 9( Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam): Primary Contact: Fatima Ty, , USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington): Primary Contact: Sheryl Stohs,, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101
Headquarters Office
Jacob Burney
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. (Mail Code 2202A)
Washington, DC 20460 US
Phone: 202-564-2907
Fax: 202-501-1107
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$30,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$120,000 - $160,000. This program was not funded in 2017 or in 2018.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Surveys, Studies, and Investigations grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations 2 CFR 200 and 1500 any other program regulations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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