Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program

The program's mission/objective is to award cooperative agreements to eligible non-profit organizations to support projects which demonstrate the use of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model as they address the environmental/public health issues in their community.

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Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016:

The purpose of the EJCPS Program is for EPA to provide financial assistance to support community-based non-profit organizations as they create collaborations and partnerships with other stakeholders (e.g., industry, government, academia, etc.) to develop and implement solutions that will significantly address environmental and/or public health issues at the local level.

In an effort to support sustainability and community revitalization, organizations are encouraged to identify connections between the proposed project activities and any neighborhood, local, city or regional land use planning efforts


Due to the limited availability of funding resulting in the inability to offer multiple assistance programs, this program will not be funded in FY 2017.



It is not clear if this program will be appropriated funding in FY 2018.

There are no planned FY 2018 priorities pending final Congressional action on the budget.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided $21,000,000 ($20,809,000 with rescission applied) for EPA to issue grants to states and tribes to assist with implementing environmental programs.

EPA provided $19,809,000 to states and territories to support implementation of air and state-led climate activities and other state-identified high priority activities.

Based on EPA?s grant guidance, states are to direct at least 65% of their funding to support air work and may use up to 35% of their funding on other state-identified activities.

EPA also provided $1,000,000 to tribes that have obtained authorization to develop water quality standards.

All 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia accepted their allocated share of multipurpose grant funding.

Tribes are using multipurpose funding to complement and enhance implementation of their water quality standards programs in conjunction with existing Clean Water Act Section 106 activities.

Fiscal Year 2017: NA.

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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Zender Environmental Health And Research Group Co $ 120,000   2018-12-032020-12-03
Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center $ 118,686   2018-09-012020-10-31
Central Maine Community Health Corporation $ 120,000   2018-09-012020-09-30
Utah Physicians For A Healthy Environment (uphe) $ 120,000   2018-10-012020-09-30
Huron Pines Rc&d Council Incorporated $ 120,000   2018-09-012020-09-01
Amigos Bravos, Inc. $ 120,000   2018-09-062020-08-31
Resource Conservation And Development For Northeast Iowa Inc $ 120,000   2018-09-012020-08-31
Center For Family Svcs, Inc. $ 120,000   2018-09-012020-08-31
Athens Land Trust, Inc. $ 119,941   2018-09-012020-08-31
Friends Of Deckers Creek Inc. $ 120,000   2018-09-012020-08-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The FY 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act provided $21,000,000 ($20,809,000 with rescission applied) for EPA to issue grants to states and tribes to assist with implementing environmental programs. EPA provided $19,809,000 to states and territories to support implementation of air and state-led climate activities and other state-identified high priority activities. Based on EPA?s grant guidance, states are to direct at least 65% of their funding to support air work and may use up to 35% of their funding on other state-identified activities. EPA also provided $1,000,000 to tribes that have obtained authorization to develop water quality standards. All 56 states, territories, and the District of Columbia accepted their allocated share of multipurpose grant funding. Tribes are using multipurpose funding to complement and enhance implementation of their water quality standards programs in conjunction with existing Clean Water Act Section 106 activities. Fiscal Year 2017: NA. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

The recipient cannot use these funds for the following activities under this program: litigation against the Federal government or any other government entity; construction; lobbying; matching funds for other Federal grants; travel for Federal employees; and human health studies (taking blood or other information from humans). 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

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.

An eligible applicant MUST BE: an incorporated non-profit organization; OR a Native American tribal government (Federally recognized) (AND) located within the same territory, commonwealth, or tribe that the proposed project will be located.

In addition, an eligible applicant must be able to demonstrate that it has worked directly with the affected community.

An 'affected community' for the purposes of this assistance agreement program is a community that is disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks and has a local environmental and public health issue that is identified in the proposal INELIGIBLE: colleges and universities; hospitals; state and local governments; quasi-governmental entities (e.g., water districts, utilities)*; and non-profit organizations that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

*Generally, a quasi-governmental entity is one that: (1) has a close association with the government agency, but is not considered a part of the government agency; (2) was created by the government agency but is exempt from certain legal and administrative requirements imposed on government agencies; or (3) was not created by the government agency but performs a public purpose and is significantly supported financially by the government agency.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Non-Profit Community Groups as described in 081 above.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 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. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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.

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.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 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

Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(b)(3); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a); Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3); Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a); Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 150 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Cooperative agreements will be awarded for a 2-3 year project period. Activities must be completed within the project timeframe, and all cooperative agreements will be fully funded at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant award is fully funded at time of award and the recipient will draw down funds on an as needed basis.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

At a minimum, written semi annual progress reports are required.

The PO is also encouraged to communicate with the recipient on a monthly basis.

No cash reports are required.

At a minimum, semi annual progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance Monitoring is required under this program.

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

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $20,809,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 2016 $20,809,000 FY2017 $0 FY2018 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $15,000 to $900,000 per fiscal year. Average: $275,000 (estimated).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Collaborative Problem Solving cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations, 2 CFR 200 and any other program regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Sheila Lewis Office of Environmental Justice, USEPA 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mail Code 2201A, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: lewis.sheila@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-0152

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.




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