Southeast New England Coastal Watershed Restoration

To develop and support the Southeast New England Program (SNEP) for coastal watershed restoration.

SNEP is a geographically-based program intended to serve as a collaborative framework for advancing ecosystem resiliency, protecting and restoring water quality, habitat, and ecosystem function,
and developing and applying innovative policy, science, and technology to environmental management in southeast coastal New England (eligibility map is available at www.epa.gov/region1/snecwrp and will be included in competitive funding announcements).

A critical aspect of this framework is the integration of physical processes, water quality, and critical habitat at a regional, watershed, and/or landscape scale.

Additional background information on SNEP can be found at the following website: www.epa.gov/region1/snecwrp.

EPA intends to fund projects that address SNEP priorities through projects, networks, and/or partnerships among governmental and community resource managers, technology and science practitioners, policy organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), tribes, and other groups.

A major focus is to build program capacity for environmental management, including developing and establishing robust institutional, monitoring, information, and technology frameworks that can offer more effective, transferable, and sustainable paths to restoring and protecting the southeast New England coastal watersheds.

Through competitive funding announcements, EPA will outline specific program priorities and eligible activities in areas such as restoration planning and construction, ordinance adoption and implementation, technology and policy development, testing, and adoption, financing, monitoring, including methods, equipment, data analysis and interpretation, public understanding and engagement, technical training in new approaches, information sharing, and targeted/applied research.

EPA will provide project examples in specific RFP announcements.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: In FY15 no awards were made under this CFDA.

SNEP made awards through 66.456 (National Estuary Program) and 66.110 (Healthy Communities Grant Program).

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016/2017: EPA's funding priority for SNEP assistance agreements is to fund projects that protect, improve, or restore water quality through innovative projects and partnerships that address nutrients in coastal ecosystems; integrate habitat and ecological restoration with water quality improvement; develop and invest in innovative, cost-effective restoration and protection practices; identify and sustain ecosystem services and functions; and/or contribute directly or indirectly to increased regional ecosystem resiliency.
Related Programs66.110 Healthy Communities Grant Program; 66.440 Urban Waters Small Grants; 66.441 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program ; 66.454 Water Quality Management Planning; 66.456 National Estuary Program; 66.460 Nonpoint Source Implementation Grants

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.

Karen Simpson Baird, U. S. EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109, Phone 617-918-1672, Toll Free: 888-372-7341, TTY: 617-918-2028.

Email: simpson.karen@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Charlestown, Town Of $ 674,201   2016-08-012020-07-31
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY16 SNEP awarded 8 assistance agreements totaling $4,637,000 as a result of EPA's RFIP (EPA-R1-SNEP-2016). Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17, SNEP awarded one assistance agreement totaling $3,945,172 as a result of EPA?s RFA (EPA-R1-SNEP-2017). Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs in approved scopes of work 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.

The funds will support projects that prevent, reduce, and eliminate water pollution through partnership and innovation; that promote watershed solutions; and that encourage resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Specific uses and restrictions on funds will be described in detail in the competitive announcements.

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 SNEP is available to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments; institutions of higher education; nonprofit institutions and organizations; intertribal consortia; and interstate agencies.

Private businesses, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to be grant recipients; however, they are encouraged to work in partnership with eligible applicants on projects.

Applicants are not limited to the geographic area of southeastern coastal New England, however, those applying from outside the specified region must carry out their projects and have at least one local partner from within the geographic area specified in the competitive funding announcement.

Organizations must be capable of undertaking and managing activities that advance SNEP priorities, including managing potentially complex fiscal and administrative requirements.

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; the term interstate agency is defined in Clean Water Act 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 must meet the requirements of 40 CFR Section 35.504.

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

Assistance under SNEP is available to state, local, territorial, and Tribal governments; institutions of higher education; nonprofit institutions and organizations; intertribal consortia; and interstate agencies. Private businesses, federal agencies, and individuals are not eligible to be grant recipients; however, they are encouraged to work in partnership with eligible applicants on projects. Applicants are not limited to the geographic area of southeastern coastal New England, however, those applying from outside the specified region must carry out their projects and have at least one local partner from within the geographic area specified in the competitive funding announcement. Organizations must be capable of undertaking and managing activities that advance SNEP priorities, including managing potentially complex fiscal and administrative requirements. 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; 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 must meet the requirements of 40 CFR Part 35.504. 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.

Credentials/Documentation

Nonprofit applicants may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the definition of a nonprofit organization in 2 CFR Section 200.70. 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. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. Tribes may be asked to demonstrate that they are federally recognized. Applicants who have an IRS 501(c)(4) designation are not eligible for grants if they engage in lobbying, no matter what the source of funding for the lobbying activities. For-profit enterprises are not eligible to receive sub-grants from eligible recipients, although they may receive contracts, subject to the procurement regulations found at 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

EPA awards grants and cooperative agreements supporting eligible activities based on the competitive applications submitted in response to EPA solicitations, considering relevance and likelihood of the success of the projects.

The standard application forms, available on Grants.gov, must be used for this program.

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.

An environmental impact statement is 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. 2 CFR Part 200 applies to this program. EPA awards grants and cooperative agreements based on the competitive applications submitted in response to EPA solicitations, considering relevance and likelihood of the success of the projects. The standard application forms, available on Grants.gov, must be used for this program. 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. Applicants are required to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for grant opportunities under this CFDA.

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 and federal regulations for competing assistance agreements.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

FY 2015 Omnibus, Consolidation and Further Continuing Appropriations Act and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016; ; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1251(b)(3). , Title 104, Part b3, Section 33 U.S.C. 1251.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Up to 7 months.

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 Part 1500, Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula under the. FY 2015 Omnibus, Consolidation and Further Continuing Appropriations Act and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016 or under the Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), 33 U.S.C. 1251(b)(3). EPA has discretion to determine the match requirements for awards made under these authorities and will do so within each announcement. Any other matching requirements will be described in the competitive announcement. This program does not have any maintenance of effort requirements. In addition to matching requirements, the applicant must demonstrate how they will leverage resources during grant performance. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The terms of the grant shall be determined at time of grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.

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 expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in 2 CFR Part 200, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

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

Performance monitoring is required in accordance with 2 CFR Section 200.301.

No cash reports are required.

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 expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in 2 CFR Part 200, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

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

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 expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in 2 CFR Part 200, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

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

Performance monitoring is required in accordance with 2 CFR Section 200.301.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. In accordance with 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F, nonfederal entities that expends $750,000 or more in Federal awards during the nonfederal entity's fiscal year, must have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal 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 Part 200, Subpart F. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304 - EPM.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $4,637,000; FY 17 est $3,945,172; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - Cooperative Agreements) FY 15 $2,500,000; FY16 $4,637,000; FY17 $3,945,172.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $250,000 - $1,000,000/fiscal year Average: $500,000 (estimated).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR Part 200, 2 CFR Part 1500, and 40 CFR Section 35.610, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Karen Simpson Baird, U.S. EPA Region 1, 5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109, Phone 617-918-1672, Toll Free: 888-372-7341, TTY: 617-918-2028. Email: simpson.karen@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Timonthy Roberts 1200 Penn Ave. N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: roberts.timonthk-py@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-6004

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Funding under the Fiscal Year 2015 Omnibus, Consolidation and Further Appropriations Act, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016, may be used for implementation projects throughout SNEP. Awards made under this authority are subject to the availability of funding. Additional evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Competitive applications and proposals will be selected in accordance with the announced criteria.



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