The San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund

 

The goals of the SF Bay grant program are to improve water quality and restore aquatic habitat (i.e. wetlands) in the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds. Funded projects will reduce polluted run-off, restore impaired waters and enhance aquatic habitat. Achieving significant environmental results related to wetlands restoration and water quality improvements is an overall program priority. Funding Priorities for FY19 are expected to be the same as FY18, FY17, FY16, FY15, FY14 & FY13: to protect and restore the water quality of the San Francisco Bay and its watersheds. In addition, in FY17, a new evaluation criterion was added to solicit projects that "...benefit disadvantaged communities.." through reducing cumulative and legacy contamination or increasing access to natural habitat and ?greener? infrastructure.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.126
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 In February 2015, EPA Region 9 received an additional $4,481,000 of San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Funds with the federal FY15 budget. The remaining four projects recommended for funding under the FY14 RFP were awarded 2015 funding as specified in Section II.A of the RFP which indicates that EPA has the right to "&make additional awards&if additional funding becomes available after the original selection decisions." Additional funding became available and the funding decision was made within 6 months of the original 2014 award decision (October 8, 2014) consistent with the RFP provision. 1. Urban Greening Bay Area Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $1,730,862 + Match $1,740,000 2. Suisun Marsh Water Quality Objectives Attainment: Source Reduction Field Testing Project Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $843,982 + Match $843,982 3. Hayward Youth-based Trash Capture, Reduction, and Watershed Education Project Applicant: City of Hayward EPA Funds $800,000 + Match $800,000 4. Clean Streams in Southern Sonoma County Applicant: County of Sonoma EPA Funds $991,156 + Match $991,156 In February 2015, EPA Region 9 received an additional $4,481,000 of San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Funds with the federal FY15 budget. The remaining four projects recommended for funding under the FY14 RFP were awarded 2015 funding as specified in Section II.A of the RFP which indicates that EPA has the right to "&make additional awards&if additional funding becomes available after the original selection decisions." Additional funding became available and the funding decision was made within 6 months of the original 2014 award decision (October 8, 2014) consistent with the RFP provision. 1. Urban Greening Bay Area Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $1,730,862 + Match $1,740,000 2. Suisun Marsh Water Quality Objectives Attainment: Source Reduction Field Testing Project Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $843,982 + Match $843,982 3. Hayward Youth-based Trash Capture, Reduction, and Watershed Education Project Applicant: City of Hayward EPA Funds $800,000 + Match $800,000 4. Clean Streams in Southern Sonoma County Applicant: County of Sonoma EPA Funds $991,156 + Match $991,156
Fiscal Year 2016 Three new project grants totaling $4.21 million were selected in July 2016 and awarded in early October 2016. The projects are: roadside green infrastructure to reduce PCB and mercury loads ($864,634/City of San Pablo); wetlands restoration on 710 acres at the Mountain View Pond complex of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project ($1,677,683/Ducks Unlimited); and watershed redesign, wetlands restoration and urban greening in the South Bay ($1,667,683/ San Francisco Estuary Partnership).
Fiscal Year 2017 Fourteen eligible proposals requesting over $16 million were received in response to the RFP dated March 24, 2017. Four new project grants totaling $4,331,000 were selected in late June 2017 and were awarded in early October 2017. The four projects are: a restoration and improved flood protection project on Lower Walnut Creek ($1.5 mil/Contra Costa County Flood Control District); a watershed restoration project on Alameda Creek ($1,131,000/ Zone 7 Flood Control Agency); tidal wetlands restoration plan at Eden Landing ($500,000/Ducks Unlimited); and remediation in the subtidal area of India Basin as part of a wetlands restoration and park project ($1.2mil/San Francisco Parks and Recreation Dept) 1) a restoration and improved flood protection project on Lower Walnut Creek ($1.5 mil/Contra Costa County Flood Control District) 2) a watershed restoration project on Alameda Creek ($1,131,000/ Zone 7 Flood Control Agency) 3) tidal wetlands restoration plan at Eden Landing ($500,000/Ducks Unlimited) 4)remediation in the subtidal area of India Basin as part of a wetlands restoration and park project ($1.2mil/San Francisco Parks and Recreation Dept)
Fiscal Year 2018 $822,000 of FY18 funds were awarded to the grantee of Napa County Flood Control District.
Fiscal Year 2019 Eight new projects will be awarded using a combination of FY18 and FY19 funds totaling over $10 million. The grants are for the following grantees/projects: American Rivers/Marsh Creek Watershed Restoration, ABAG/SFEP/Transforming Shorelines Project, City of Sn Pablo/Stormwater Trading Pilot, East Bay Regional Park District/Alder Creek Restoration, County of Napa/Napa River Restoration, Oro Loma Sanitary District/ Nutrient Removal from Microvi Technology, County of San Mateo/Regional Stormwater Project Designs, and the County of Marin/Trash Control Infrastructure Project.
Authorization
Clean Water Act, Section 320
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local government agencies, districts, and councils; regional water pollution control agencies and entities; State coastal zone management agencies; and public and private universities and colleges, public or private non-governmental, non-profit institutions are eligible to apply, unless restricted by the authorizing statutes. Non-profit organizations must have documentation of non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation, except that non-profits organizations as defined in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 or superseding legislation are ineligible. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this assistance listing (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
The outcomes from the SF Bay grant program will ultimately benefit the urban resident and business populations of the nine county San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the State of California in general.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
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 https://www.grants.gov. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/grants For competitive awards, Requests for Proposals (RFP) or Requests for Applications (RFA), will specify application procedures.
Award Procedure
The Environmental Programs and Management appropriation account for the SF Bay grant program has historically required the grants be awarded on a competitive basis (a modification of the Clean Water Section 320 grant requirements). 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Approximately 180 days from receipt of final application, through selection and notification, and development and approval of work plan, to award of funds.
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 the "Agency Contact" in the competitive announcement. Disputes relating to matters other than the competitive selection of recipients will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.
Renewals
Awardees may apply for no-cost time extensions with written justification during the lifetime of the grant.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this assistance listing (CFDA) description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
Projects must demonstrate consistency with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership's Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring will be required in the form of grantee reports on outputs and outcomes of their funded projects, usually as part of their quarterly or semi-annual progress reports.
Auditing
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
Recipients must demonstrate financial management capability, keep financial records including documentation for entries on accounting and for any changes in grant requirements, and make records available to personnel authorized to examine assistance recipients' records. Recipients must maintain all records for a minimum of three years from the date of submission of the final report and until all questions regarding the assistance agreement, such as those arising from audits, are resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 50%. In FY13, the SF Bay Fund Request for Proposals (RFP) began requiring the CWA Section 320 match requirement of 50%. For future appropriations, the CWA section 320 match of 50% stands unless modified by appropriations act language.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance agreements generally fund projects for 4 years with a maximum project period of seven years. Funds are issued electronically through automated funds transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Luisa Valiela EPA Region 9 (WTR-2-2) San Francisco, CA 94105 415-972-3400 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax) valiela.luisa@epa.gov Gail Louis EPA Region 9 (WTR-2-2) San Francisco, CA 94105 415-972-3467 (ph) 415-947-3537 (fax) louis.gail@epa.gov
Headquarters Office
Luisa Valiela,
USEPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street (WTR-2-2)
San Francisco, CA 94105 US
valiela.luisa@epa.gov
Phone: (415) 972-3400
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/sfbay-delta/san-francisco-bay-water-quality-improvement-fund
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0108-0-1-304
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$3,585,000.00; FY 19 est $4,387,000.00; FY 20 FY 17$4,331,000.00; FY 15$4,481,000.00; FY 16 est $4,423,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Since the beginning of the program in 2008, projects have been funded from a low of $200,000 to a high of $5,000,000. In the last few years, the funding range has shifted to approximately $800,000 to $2mil. The average award is now at about $1 million each.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Recipients must comply with 2 CFR Part 200 and 1500 for universities and nonprofit organizations and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for states, tribes, and local governments. The recipient must comply with the applicable cost principles under 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for state, tribal and local governments and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for universities and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for nonprofit organizations.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2015 1. Urban Greening Bay Area Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $1,730,862 + Match $1,740,000 2. Suisun Marsh Water Quality Objectives Attainment: Source Reduction Field Testing Project Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $843,982 + Match $843,982 3. Hayward Youth-based Trash Capture, Reduction, and Watershed Education Project Applicant: City of Hayward EPA Funds $800,000 + Match $800,000 4. Clean Streams in Southern Sonoma County Applicant: County of Sonoma EPA Funds $991,156 + Match $991,156 1. Urban Greening Bay Area Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $1,730,862 + Match $1,740,000 2. Suisun Marsh Water Quality Objectives Attainment: Source Reduction Field Testing Project Applicant: Association of Bay Area Governments/San Francisco Estuary Partnership EPA Funds $843,982 + Match $843,982 3. Hayward Youth-based Trash Capture, Reduction, and Watershed Education Project Applicant: City of Hayward EPA Funds $800,000 + Match $800,000 4. Clean Streams in Southern Sonoma County Applicant: County of Sonoma EPA Funds $991,156 + Match $991,156
Fiscal Year 2016 1) roadside green infrastructure to reduce PCB and mercury loads ($864,634/City of San Pablo) 2) wetlands restoration on 710 acres at the Mountain View Pond complex of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project ($1,677,683/Ducks Unlimited) 3) watershed redesign, wetlands restoration and urban greening in the South Bay ($1,667,683/ San Francisco Estuary Partnership).
Fiscal Year 2017 1) a restoration and improved flood protection project on Lower Walnut Creek ($1.5 mil/Contra Costa County Flood Control District) 2) a watershed restoration project on Alameda Creek ($1,131,000/ Zone 7 Flood Control Agency) 3) tidal wetlands restoration plan at Eden Landing ($500,000/Ducks Unlimited) 4)remediation in the subtidal area of India Basin as part of a wetlands restoration and park project ($1.2mil/San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department)
Fiscal Year 2018 Eight new projects are currently being awarded using a combination of FY18 and FY19 funds. Projects include floodplain and riparian restoration in the Marsh Creek Watershed, planning shoreline resilience in Alameda County, a stormwater trading program to reduce PCBs, Alder Creek restoration, Napa River restoration, reducing nutrients from wastewater effluent, stormwater detention and treatment projects, and installing trash control infrastructure

 



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