Surveys, Studies, Research, Investigations, Demonstrations, and Special Purpose Activities Relating to the Clean Air Act

To support Surveys, Studies, Research, Investigations, Demonstrations and Special Purpose assistance relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, and control of air pollution to include such topics as air quality, acid deposition, global programs, indoor

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environments, radiation, mobile source technology and community-driven approaches to transportation and emissions reduction.

Projects should also focus on addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns in communities.

EJ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Funding Priority for 2017
(1) Indoor Environments.

Activities will support surveys, studies, research, training, outreach, education, investigations or demonstrations performed by organizations that lead to effective outreach strategies to educate key audiences about indoor air pollutants, their associated health risks and encourage effective mitigation and control strategies.

Currently, the Program focuses on several critical aspects of indoor air quality that pose significant risks to public health, and in particular, to children and other disproportionately impacted segments of society.

Program focus includes, but is not limited to, reducing the exposure of children and others with asthma to indoor triggers that worsen their condition; promoting the adoption of operation and maintenance practices in schools, homes and other buildings throughout the nation to reduce the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality on the health of the public, students and staff; promoting voluntary radon testing by homeowners to identify elevated levels and fix them when they are found; as well as working with homebuilders to incorporate radon resistant construction features into new homes; and encouraging adult smokers to protect their children from the adverse health effects of environmental exposure to secondhand smoke by making a conscious decision to smoke outside and keep their homes and cars smokefree.

(2) Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring (CSATAM).

The CSATAM Grant Program results in two-year projects designed to assist state, local and tribal communities in identifying and profiling air toxics sources, characterizing the degree and extent of local air toxics problems and tracking progress of air toxics reduction activities in specific local areas without reliance on often uncertain estimates of emissions and air dispersion models.

Further, projects typically allow the recipient state, local and tribal air pollution control agencies to establish or enhance hazardous air pollutant monitoring networks, thus providing long term capability to investigate and assess specific local air quality scenarios of concern.

The program will continue working with grant recipients that received funding in previous years.

(3) Green House Gas(GHG) Reporting Program.

The Climate Change Division (CCD) supports a range of technical, analytical, policy and data issues within EPA.

CCD is implementing a variety of partnership programs targeting non-CO2 greenhouse gases; applying the latest science and impacts information in regulatory and policy contexts; conducting comprehensive economic analysis of legislation; supporting the regulatory work of other offices within OAR and EPA with information on emissions, economics, science, and policy; advancing understanding of key mitigation technologies such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) and biomass energy; and coordinating communication of the technical and analytical work.

(4) Environmental Protection Partnerships.

The Climate Protection Partnerships Division (CPPD) supports voluntary public-private partnership programs designed to save American businesses and consumers energy and money through energy efficiency.

Our programs work by overcoming widely acknowledged barriers to energy efficiency: lack of clear, reliable information on technology opportunities; lack of awareness of energy efficient products and services; lack of financing options to turn lifecycle energy savings into initial cost savings for consumers; and low incentives to manufacturers for efficiency research and development.

In addition, our programs provide technical assistance, training, information exchange and other forms of cooperation to enhance the capabilities of governments and other stakeholders to protect human health and the environment regionally and globally.

(5) Global Green Freight Supply Chain Demonstration.

The program provides technical support, management and oversight in implementing outreach, analysis and capacity building for international green freight programs.

The goal is to provide assistance to nations seeking to develop sustainable freight transport and thereby, increase efficiencies to reduce greenhouse gases and black carbon.

(6) Mobile Sources.

Provides funding to maintain, update, and improve an internet-based information clearinghouse to facilitate the accurate and timely exchange of information related to vehicle on-board diagnostics (OBD) testing with State inspection and maintenance (I/M) programs, the automotive industry, and public outreach materials.

The clearinghouse is an online repository of information and also maintains an interactive forum where questions may be asked and answered and where interactive dialogue on issues can take place.

Funding Priorities for 2018

(1) Community-Scale Air Toxics Ambient Monitoring (CSATAM).

The CSATAM Grant Program results in two-year projects designed to assist state, local and tribal communities in identifying and profiling air toxics sources, characterizing the degree and extent of local air toxics problems and tracking progress of air toxics reduction activities in specific local areas without reliance on often uncertain estimates of emissions and air dispersion models.

Further, projects typically allow the recipient state, local and tribal air pollution control agencies to establish or enhance hazardous air pollutant monitoring networks, thus providing long term capability to investigate and assess specific local air quality scenarios of concern.

The program will continue working with grant recipients that received funding in previous years.

(2) Green House Gas(GHG) reporting program: The Climate Change Division (CCD) supports the Greenhouse Gas Reporting program that will help facilities that participate in state-based and federal GHG reporting programs better understand the requirements of state GHG reporting programs in comparison to the federal rule.

CCD will also continue to provide technical, analytical, and scientific support for the regulatory action consistent with Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth dated March 28, 2017, including GHG-related economic and science analyses.

(3) Global Green Freight Supply Chain Demonstration.

The program provides technical support, management and oversight in implementing outreach, analysis and capacity building for international green freight programs.

The goal is to provide assistance to nations seeking to develop sustainable freight transport and thereby, increase efficiencies to reduce greenhouse gases and black carbon.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Indoor Environments: Conducting training courses and outreach activities for environmental health professionals on indoor air quality topics including asthma triggers, schools, radon, indoor air quality in homes, large buildings, and community outreach. Climate Change Division: Feasibility Studies/Training Landfill Gas Program- Global Methane Initiative, Assessment Methane Technologies and Management Practices for Municipal Wastewater Facilities in Chile- Global Methane Initiative projects in various developing countries. Climate Protection Partnerships: This project will use voluntary and market based strategies to realize energy efficiency gains in products and buildings.

The long term goal for the work outlined in this work plan is to create lasting, sustainable change in the market resulting in significant energy savings, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced utility bills.

This project will establish product energy performance and testing metrics, collect energy performance data, conduct outreach around the energy use and efficiency opportunities of products and buildings, support development of product labeling and verification programs, and support utility program design.

Fiscal Year 2017: Climate Change Division: Tribal Climate Change Health Impacts Capacity Building Project-build tribal capacity to address the health effects of climate change and plan for new or changing tribal community health needs as the climate changes; Energy Modeling Forum for Climate Economics- convene preeminent economic and integrated assessment modeling teams to engage in model comparison studies and climate policy studies.; Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Mitigation, Impacts, and Adaptation within the United States.

Climate Partnership Program: Voluntary and market based strategies to realize energy efficiency gains in products and buildings.

Established a freight outreach center to promote fuel efficient practices and technologies to heavy duty diesel vehicle operators.

Indoor Environments: Conducted technical training courses and outreach activities for environmental health professionals on indoor air quality topics including asthma trigger mitigation in homes, school environmental health, radon testing and mitigation, indoor air quality in homes, large buildings, and community outreach.

Fiscal Year 2018: NA.


Agency - Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ecology, Washington State Department Of $ 56,101   2019-07-012024-06-30
Ecology, Washington State Department Of $ 645,022   2019-04-012024-03-31
Environmental Conservation, Alaska Department Of $ 428,610   2019-04-012024-03-31
Air Resources Board $ 1,259,404   2016-04-012023-03-31
Oregon Department Of Environmental Quality $ 787,211   2019-04-012023-03-31
Olympic Region Clean Air Agency $ 172,154   2019-04-012023-03-31
Northern Arizona University $ 335,000   2019-10-012022-09-30
District Of Columbia, Government Of $ 59,250   2019-07-012022-06-30
Philadelphia, City Of $ 163,387   2019-04-012022-06-30
Environmental Quality, Virginia Department Of $ 122,487   2019-06-262022-06-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: (1)Indoor Air/Radon: Produced effective outreach strategies to educate key audiences about indoor air pollutants and their associated health risks, convincing them to adopt effective mitigation and control strategies. These outreach strategies focused on several critical aspects of indoor air quality that pose significant risks to public health, and in particular, to children and to other disproportionately impacted segments of society. These include: reducing the exposure of children and others with asthma to indoor triggers that worsen their condition; promoting the adoption of operation and maintenance practices in schools throughout the nation to reduce the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality on the health of students and staff; promoting voluntary radon testing by homeowners to identify elevated levels and fix them when they are found, as well as working with homebuilders to incorporate radon resistant construction features into new homes; and encouraging adult smokers to protect their children from the adverse health effects of environmental exposure to secondhand smoke by making a conscious decision to smoke outside and keep their homes and cars smokefree (2)Climate Change Division: The USEPA's Global Methane Initiative Grants program provides cooperative agreements to recipients around the globe to build capacity and promote international capture and use of methane. The grants have become an integral and important capacity building instrument of the Global Methane Initiative, a public-private partnership (of more than 33 partner governments) that reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by promoting the cost-effective, near-term recovery and use of methane, a GHG that is more than 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Methane capture and use projects supported by the partnership through grants and other means are currently reducing emissions by more than 27.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent ~ annually equivalent to the annual emissions from 5 million passenger vehicles. The USEPA's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Grants program will help facilities that participate in voluntary, state-based and federal GHG reporting programs better understand the requirements of voluntary and state GHG reporting programs in comparison to the federal rule; and identify options for how data collected through state and federal reporting requirements may be used to inform state GHG programs and facility-level efforts to identify emissions-reduction opportunities. (3) Climate Partnership Protection: Continued to reduce GHG and improved air quality through collaborative efforts with stakeholders. (4)Mobile Sources: Awarded funds for the continued operation and maintenance of the On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) Information Exchange, an online repository of OBD information for State inspection and maintenance programs, the automotive industry, and the general public. Fiscal Year 2017: Climate Change Division: CCD?s grants helped build the capacity of tribes to address the health impacts of climate change. In addition, EPA?s ?Integrated Assessment of Greenhouse Gases? helped advance the science and understanding needed to provide to provide technical, analytical, and scientific support for the regulatory action consistent with Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth dated March 28, 2017. Climate Protection Partnerships Division (CPPD): CPPD?s programs helped American families and businesses save energy and money while also protecting the environment by helping reduce air emissions. Indoor Air/Radon: Delivered effective technical assistance and outreach strategies to educate key audiences about indoor air pollutants and their associated health risks, convincing them to adopt effective mitigation and control strategies. These efforts focused on several critical aspects of indoor air quality that pose significant risks to public health, and in particular, to children and to other disproportionately impacted segments of society. These include: reducing the exposure of children and others with asthma to indoor triggers that worsen their condition; promoting the adoption of operation and maintenance practices in schools throughout the nation to reduce the harmful effects of poor indoor air quality on the health of students and staff; promoting voluntary radon testing by homeowners to identify elevated levels and fix them when they are found, as well as working with homebuilders to incorporate radon resistant construction features into new homes; and encouraging adult smokers to protect their children from the adverse health effects of environmental exposure to secondhand smoke by making a conscious decision to smoke outside and keep their homes and cars smokefree. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved Surveys, Studies, Research, Investigations, Demonstrations and Special Purpose plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

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: https://www.epa.gov/geospatial. 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.

Generally this program makes Federal awards on a discretionary basis.

For further information, please contact the Headquarters or regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Assistance under this program is generally available to States, local governments, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, which submit applications proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Air and Radiation's mission.

Eligibility for projects awarded or competed exclusively with State and Tribal Assistance Grant (STAG) funds is limited to air pollution control agencies, as defined in section 302(b) of the Clean Air Act that are also eligible to receive grants under section 105 of the Clean Air Act, and/or federally recognized tribes and inter-tribal consortia, consisting of federally recognized tribe members.

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, U.S. territories and possessions, Indian Tribes, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public and private nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200. 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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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 Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F), Public Law 91-190, 42 U.S.C 4332; Clean Air Act of 1963, Section 103, Public Law 95-95, 42 U.S.C 7401.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days.

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

None. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements for Surveys, Studies, Research, and Investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, availability of funds, and Agency policy on the competitive grant process.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: While there is no statutory or regulatory cost sharing requirement for this program, as a matter of policy the Agency may impose a cost sharing requirement in specific competitions. If the Agency decides to do this, the cost sharing terms will be stated in Section III of the competitive announcement. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

EPA normally funds grants and cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. EPA limits project periods to 5 years. Grants are generally fully funded or on an incremental funding basis. Successful applicants will be notified either via U.S. mail or electronically. Such notification is contingent upon information contained in the resulting solicitation. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance agreements may be incrementally (quarterly) or fully (lump sum) funded.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200. Grantees are required to submit program reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit financial reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Financial Reporting and Financial Management Systems requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Grantees are required to submit progress reports in accordance with Agency policy and the Monitoring and Reporting Program Performance requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

No expenditure reports are required.

Grantees are required to perform performance monitoring in accordance with Agency policy and requirements stated in the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. 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 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304; 68-1018-0-1-304; 68-0107-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,661,355; FY 17 est $7,480,000; and FY 18 est $2,930,000 - FY 2016 - $4,661,355; FY 2017-$7,480,000 FY2018-$2,930,000 (Projected).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

EPA generally award grants ranging in value from $5,000 to $750,000 per fiscal year. The average value of each grant is $150,000 per fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surveys, Studies, Research, and Investigations grants and cooperative agreements are subject to the Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.

Headquarters Office

Eric Geer 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. Mail Code 6102A, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: geer.eric@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-0890 Fax: 202-564-1327

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

EPA selects proposed Surveys, Studies, Research, and Investigations projects for funding based on factors such as relevancy to EPA's mission, technical merit, and the likelihood of success. If EPA issues a solicitation for applications for a particular project or group of projects, the solicitation will identify specific criteria. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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