Regional Wetland Program Development Grants

 

To assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies, and interstate/intertribal entities in building programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of the grants is to build state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to build local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2019: Under the Regional Wetland Program Development Grant (WPDG) competition, EPA has identified the following four Core Elements for improving state/tribe/local governments' (S/T/LGs) ability to protect and restore their wetlands: (1) Monitoring and Assessment; (2) Voluntary Restoration and Protection; (3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and (4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards. EPA will include a website in each Regional Request For Proposals (RFP) where potential applicants can find a list of actions and activities under each Core Element that will develop or refine a S/T/LG's wetlands program. In addition, EPA has identified two funding Tracks. Track One is for states and tribes that propose to develop a Wetlands Program Plan (WPP) as described at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/developing-wetland-program-plan or carrying out projects from an EPA-approved WPP. WPPs can be found on-line at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/state-and-tribal-wetland-program-plans#r1 . Track Two is for states, tribes, local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and universities that are agencies of a state that submit proposals that are consistent with the Four Core Elements as described above. Regions may add additional Region specific priorities that are compatible and consistent with the core element(s) and action(s) in the Appendix of development and refinement actions found at: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. Under the National Tribal competition EPA has identified the following four Core Elements for improving a tribe's ability to protect and restore their wetlands: (1) Monitoring and Assessment; (2) Voluntary Restoration and Protection; (3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and (4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards. EPA will include a website in the National Tribal Request For Proposals (RFP) where potential applicants can find a list of actions and activities under each Core Element that will develop or refine a S/T/LG's wetlands program. In addition, EPA has identified two funding Tracks. Track One is for tribes that propose to develop a Wetlands Program Plan (WPP) as described at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/developing-wetland-program-plan or carrying out projects from an EPA-approved WPP. WPPs can be found on-line at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/state-and-tribal-wetland-program-plans#r1 . Track Two is for tribes and intertribal consortia that submit proposals that are consistent with the Four Core Elements as described above. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2020: Under the Regional Wetland Program Development Grant (WPDG) competition, EPA has identified the following four Core Elements for improving state/tribe/local governments' (S/T/LGs) ability to protect and restore their wetlands: (1) Monitoring and Assessment; (2) Voluntary Restoration and Protection; (3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and (4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards. EPA will include a website in each Regional Request For Applications (RFA) where potential applicants can find a list of actions and activities under each Core Element that will develop or refine a S/T/LG's wetlands program. In addition, EPA has identified two funding Tracks. Track One is for states and tribes that propose to develop a Wetlands Program Plan (WPP) as described at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/developing-wetland-program-plan or carrying out projects from an EPA-approved WPP. WPPs can be found on-line at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/state-and-tribal-wetland-program-plans#r1 . Track Two is for states, tribes, local governments, interstate agencies, intertribal consortia, and universities that are agencies of a state that submit proposals that are consistent with the Four Core Elements as described above. Regions may add additional Region specific priorities that are compatible and consistent with the core element(s) and action(s) in the Appendix of development and refinement actions found at https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-03/documents/wpdg_cef_appendix.pdf. Under the National Tribal competition EPA has identified the following four Core Elements for improving a tribe's ability to protect and restore their wetlands: (1) Monitoring and Assessment; (2) Voluntary Restoration and Protection; (3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and (4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards. EPA will include a website in the National Tribal RFA where potential applicants can find a list of actions and activities under each Core Element that will develop or refine a tribe's wetlands program. In addition, EPA has identified two funding Tracks. Track One is for tribes that propose to develop a WPP as described at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/developing-wetland-program-plan or carrying out projects from an EPA-approved WPP. WPPs can be found on-line at https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/state-and-tribal-wetland-program-plans#r1 . Track Two is for tribes and intertribal consortia that submit proposals that are consistent with the Four Core Elements as described above.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
66.461
Federal Agency/Office
Environmental Protection Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Five of the ten EPA Regional Offices will issue a competitive announcement based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 16, five Regional competitive announcements were issued. In FY 16, approximately 4 to 30 proposals were received by each Region under the five Regional competitive announcements. In FY 16, projects have not yet been awarded but all will support activities to build state/tribal/local wetland program building and improvement. In FY 16 five of the ten EPA Regional Offices issued a competitive announcement based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 16, projects were funded to support activities such as: developing state or tribal Wetland Program Plans (WPPs); assessing a marsh's sustainability; developing a functional assessment of a state's wetlands of past and present; developing scenario models to analyze impacts of groundwater withdrawal on calcareous fens; advancing a state's wetland monitoring and assessment; developing a framework for evaluating the environmental results of one state's wetland mitigation banks; determining the local importance of vernal pools; and sentinel monitoring and mapping of coastal wetland condition and response to climate change.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 17 eight of the ten EPA Regional Offices issued a competitive announcement based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 17, approximately 4 to 30 proposals were received by each Region under the Regional competitive announcements. 74 projects were awarded to support activities to build state/tribal/local wetland program building and improvement.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 18 four of the ten EPA Regional Offices issued a competitive announcement based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 18, approximately 4 to 30 proposals were received by each Region under the Regional competitive announcements. Projects have not yet been awarded but all will support activities to build state/tribal/local wetland program building and improvement.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 19 EPA Regional Offices will issue competitive announcements based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. Projects will support activities to build state/tribal/local wetland program building and improvement.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY 2020 two of the ten EPA Regional Offices and the national Tribal program will issue announcements based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcements include the number of anticipated awards. Projects will support activities to build state/tribal/local wetland program building and improvement.
Authorization
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), as amended, Public Law 92-500, 33 U.S.C. 1254(b)(3)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, Tribes, local government agencies, interstate agencies, and intertribal consortia are eligible to apply to the Regions. Past recipients include, but are not limited to, wetland regulatory agencies, water quality agencies (Section 401 water quality certification), planning offices, wild and scenic rivers agencies, departments of transportation, fish and wildlife or natural resources agencies, agriculture departments, forestry agencies, coastal zone management agencies, park and recreation agencies, non-point source or storm water agencies, and city or county and other S/T/LG governmental agencies that conduct wetland-related activities. In order to be eligible for WPDG funds, Tribes must be federally recognized, although "Treatment as a State" status is not a requirement. The term "interstate agency" is defined in CWA Section 502 as "an agency of two or more States established by or pursuant to an agreement or compact approved by the Congress, or any other agency of two or more States, having substantial powers or duties pertaining to the control of pollution as determined and approved by the Administrator." Intertribal consortia that meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504 are eligible for direct funding. Intertribal consortia projects must be broad in scope and encompass more than one State, Tribe, or local government. Universities that are agencies of a State government are eligible to receive funds through these competitions. Universities must include documentation showing that they are chartered as a part of a State government in their proposal. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA assistance listing 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. Applicants need not be located within the boundaries of the EPA regional office to be eligible to apply for funding but must propose projects that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within the Region.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State, Tribal, and local governments involved in administering wetlands protection, restoration and/or management programs, or programs related to or that complement wetlands protection programs.
Credentials/Documentation
Tribes may be asked to demonstrate that they are Federally recognized. Interstate organizations may be asked to provide a citation to the statutory authority which establishes their status. Intertribal consortia may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504. Universities must include documentation showing that they are chartered as a part of a State government in their proposal.
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.
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: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants. Each EPA Regional Office will establish a competitive process for awarding WPDGs. Regional Offices will accept applications only for projects selected through the competitive process that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within their Region.
Award Procedure
Grant applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA Regional Office and, if approved, the grant is awarded by the Regional Administrator. For the National Tribal competition grant applications are reviewed by appropriate EPA staff and, if approved, the grant is awarded by the Regional Administrator. 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
Specific information about deadlines is provided in competitive announcements.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Grants are usually approved within 4 months of receipt of completed application.
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
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA assistance listing description will be described in the competitive announcement.
How may assistance be used?
These grants are intended to encourage comprehensive wetlands program development by promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. Projects build the capacity of States, Tribes, and local governments to effectively protect wetland and riparian resources. Projects funded under this program support the development of a wetlands protection, restoration, or management program or support enhancement/refinement of an existing program. Interstate agency and intertribal consortia projects must be broad in scope and encompass more than one State, Tribe, or local government. The Regional Office will accept submissions only for projects that affect the States, Tribes, and Territories within their Region. Projects that are national in scope are not eligible for funding under this Regional program but may be eligible for funding under EPA's National Wetland Program Development Grants program (CFDA 66.462).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring is required under this program. Reporting requirements shall be determined at the time of grant award.
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
Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained 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. 25%. The applicant must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the work plan to the extent allowed by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, 40 CFR 35.385, and 35.615. To determine if the minimum match is met, EPA will use the following formula: amount ( in dollars) of federal funds requested from EPA divided by 3 = minimum match (in dollars) or Total project costs divided by 4 = minimum match (in dollars). For example, if the applicant requests $75,000 of federal funds or a Total project cost of $100,000 for the three-year project period, it must be able to provide $25,000 in matching funds or services. A reduced match may be available for Tribal grantees that place the Wetland Program Development Grant funds in a Performance Partnership Grant. (See regulations at 40 CFR 536(c).) Please contact your EPA Regional contact person listed in Section VII if you have any questions about calculating the match requirement. We encourage States and Tribes to provide a larger share of the project's cost whenever possible (i.e., in excess of the required 25 percent of total project costs). Award recipients can meet the match requirement with in-kind or monetary contributions from entities other than themselves. However, other Federal money cannot be used as the match for this grant program unless authorized by the statute governing the award of the other Federal funds. Matching funds are considered grant funds. They must be used for the reasonable and necessary expenses of carrying out the assistance agreement work plan. Any restrictions on the use of grant funds (i.e., prohibition of land acquisition with grant funds) also apply to the matching funds.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of grant award. The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
REGIONAL WETLAND GRANT COORDINATORS: Region 1 - CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT: Donna Smith-Williams, US EPA Region 1, 1 Congress Street, MC CSP, Suite 100, Boston, MA, 02114. Phone: 617-918-1620. smith.donna@epa.gov. Region 2 - NJ, NY, PR, VI: Michele Fafette, US EPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, NY, NY, 10007. Phone: 212-637-3267. fafette.michele@epa.gov. Region 3 - DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, DC: Danielle Algazi, US EPA Region 3, 1650 Arch Street, MC 3EA30, Philadelphia, PA, 19103. Phone: 215-814-2722. algazi.danielle@epa.gov. Region 4 - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN: Geryl Ricks, US EPA Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, GA, 30303. Phone: 404-562-9393. ricks.geryl@epa.gov. Region 5 - IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI: Dertera Collins, US EPA Region 5, 77 West Jackson Blvd., MC WW16J, Chicago, IL, 60604. Phone: 312-353-6291. collins.dertera@epa.gov. Region 6 - AR, LA, NM, OK, TX: Sondra McDonald, US EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, MC 6WQ-AT, Dallas, TX, 75202. Phone: 214-665-7187. mcdonald.sondra@epa.gov. Region 7 - IA, KS, MO, NE: Jennifer Ousley, US EPA Region 7, 901 North Fifth Street, Kansas City, KS, 66101. Phone: 913-551-7498. ousley.jennifer@epa.gov. Region 8 - CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY: Cynthia Gonzales, US EPA Region 8, 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO, 80202. Phone: 303-312-6569. gonzales.cynthia@epa.gov. Region 9 - AZ, CA, HI, NV, AS, GU: Leana Rosetti, US EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Phone: (415) 972-3070. rosetti.leana@epa.gov. Region 10 - AK, ID, OR, WA: Krista Rave-Perkins, US EPA Region 10, 1200 Sixth Ave, MC: AWT-107, Seattle, WA, 98101. Phone: 206-553-6686. rave-perkins.krista@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Myra Price,
Wetlands Division, Office of Oceans, Wetlands, and Watersheds, Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.(Mail Code: 4502T)
Washington, DC 20460 US
price.myra@epa.gov
Phone: (202) 566-1225.
Website Address
https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants
Financial Information
Account Identification
68-0103-0-1-304
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$13,590,016.00; FY 19 est $13,433,000.00; FY 20 est $9,362,000.00; FY 17$14,277,576.00; FY 16$14,028,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $20,000 to $600,000/fiscal year; Average: $250,000/fiscal year.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
General grant regulations and procedures (2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable, 2 CFR 200 Subpart E, and 40 CFR 35.610 through 35.615).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 The WPDG database provides project information for grants funded through this program since 2005 (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). It is anticipated that projects funded in FY16 may include: developing state or tribal Wetland Program Plans (WPPs); assessing a marsh's sustainability; developing a functional assessment of a state's wetlands of past and present; developing scenario models to analyze impacts of groundwater withdrawal on calcareous fens; advancing a state's wetland monitoring and assessment; developing a framework for evaluating the environmental results of one state's wetland mitigation banks; determining the local importance of vernal pools; and sentinel monitoring and mapping of coastal wetland condition and response to climate change. The WPDG database provides project information for grants funded through this program since 2005 (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). It is anticipated that projects funded in FY16 include: developing state or tribal Wetland Program Plans (WPPs); developing a discrete wetland data set classifying wetlands by designated and beneficial use categories; assessing the ecological integrity of and risk to wetlands ;building restoration partnerships; developing communication strategies to more effectively reach and serve the public and reach and engage the stakeholders; developing of two pocket guides to common wetland plants of a state; development of a Wetland Restoration Program for a state; and mapping, survey and assessment of critical wetlands for one state.
Fiscal Year 2018 The WPDG database provides project information for grants funded through this program since 2005 (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). Examples of funded projects include: wetland and stream mitigation studies; development of wetland or watershed conservation plans; development of wetland program plans; wetland training workshops; developing a monitoring and assessment program; development of wetland monitoring and assessment methods and programs; training for State/Tribal/local government staff in monitoring techniques or wetland science such as delineation; wetland monitoring and assessment studies; wetland mapping studies; wetland inventory and classification projects to determine restoration sites; developing a wetland restoration program; development of wetland restoration methods and prioritization schemes; database development to track 404 permit action and compliance; and development of wetland water quality standards.
Fiscal Year 2019 The WPDG database provides project information for grants funded through this program since 2005 (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1). Examples of funded projects for Fiscal Year 2019 are not yet available.
Fiscal Year 2020 The WPDG database provides project information for grants funded through this program since 2005. (http://iaspub.epa.gov/apex/wdg/f?p=101) Examples of funded projects for FY2020 are not yet available.