Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Training and Special Purpose Activities Relating to Environmental Justice

The program's mission/objective is to provide funding in support of surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance programs as they relate to environmental and/or public health issues, with a particular emphasis on environmental justice.



Funding Priority for
2016
Activities that support community-based participatory surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance that address environmental justice concerns.

EPA defines 'environmental justice' as 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.

Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies.

Meaningful involvement means that: (1) potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health; (2) the public's contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision; (3) the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision-making process; and (4) the decision-makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected.

Assistance agreements may be associated with air quality, safe drinking water quality, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and/or pesticides.

Funding Priority for 2017
Activities that support community-based participatory surveys, studies and investigations, and special purpose assistance that address environmental justice concerns.

EPA defines 'environmental justice' as 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.

Fair treatment means that no one group of people, including racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic groups, should bear a disproportionate share of the negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial, municipal, and commercial operations or the execution of federal, state, local, and tribal environmental programs and policies.

Meaningful involvement means that: (1) potentially affected community residents have an appropriate opportunity to participate in decisions about a proposed activity that will affect their environment and/or health; (2) the public's contribution can influence the regulatory agency's decision; (3) the concerns of all participants involved will be considered in the decision-making process; and (4) the decision-makers seek out and facilitate the involvement of those potentially affected.

Assistance agreements may be associated with air quality, safe drinking water quality, water quality, hazardous waste, toxic substances, and/or pesticides.

FY 2018
We do not have an estimated budget amount at this time.

This information will be updated when we receive further information.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: FY 2016, two awards totaling $35,000, were made to support the study and investigation of issues related to Environmental Justice.

Fiscal Year 2017: Due to the limited availability of funding this program will not be funded in FY 2017.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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.

Region l Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont: Primary Contact: Sharon Wells, Wells.Sharon@epa.gov , USEPA Region 1 (RAA), One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Region 2 New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U. S. Virgin Islands: Primary Contact: Tasha Frazier (212) 637-3861, frazier.tasha@epa.gov, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Region 3 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia: Primary Contact: Reginald Harris (215) 814-2988, harris.reggie@epa.gov, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029.

Region 4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee: Primary Contact: Deborah Carter, Carter.Deborah@epa.gov , USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Region 5 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin: Primary Contact: Erin Newman, Newman.Erin@epa.gov , USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507; Region 6 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: Primary Contact: Charlotte Runnels, Runnels.Charlotte@epa.gov, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Region 7 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska: Primary Contact: Brendan Corazzin, Corazzin.Brendan@epa.gov USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101; Secondary: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649, moses.althea@epa.gov, Region 8 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: Primary Contact: Corbin Darling, Darling.Corbin@epa.gov , USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Region 9 Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam: Primary Contact: Deldi Reyes, Reyes.Deldi@epa.gov , USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Region 10 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington: Primary Contact: Sheryl Stohs, Stohs.Sheryl@epa.gov, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 Region l Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont: Primary Contact: Amy Braz (617) 918-1346, braz.amy@epa.gov, USEPA Region 1 (RAA), One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Region 2 New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U. S. Virgin Islands: Primary Contact: Terry Wesley (212) 637-5027, wesley.terry@epa.gov, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Secondary: Tasha Frazier (212) 637-3861, frazier.tasha@epa.gov.

Region 3 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia: Primary Contact: Reginald Harris (215) 814-2988, harris.reggie@epa.gov, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029.

Region 4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee: Primary Contact: Daphne Wilson (404) 562-9890, wilson.daphne@epa.gov, USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Secondary: Ella Mclendon (404) 562- 8316, mclendon.ella@epa.gov.

Region 5 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin: Primary Contact: Lara Lasky (312) 353-5614, lasky.lara@epa.gov, USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507.

Region 6 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: Primary Contact: Israel Anderson (214) 665-3138, anderson.israel@epa.gov, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Region 7 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska: Primary Contact: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649, moses.althea@epa.gov, USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101.

Region 8 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: Primary Contact: April Nowak (303) 312-6528, nowak.april@epa.gov, USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Region 9 Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam: Primary Contact: Ladonna Thomas, (415)972-3375, thomas.ladonna@epa.gov, USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Region 10 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington: Primary Contact: Sheryl Stohs (206) 553-, stohs.sheryl@epa.gov, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
California State University Fresno Foundation Inc $ 15,000   2012-03-152014-03-31
Bedford-stuyvesant Restoration Corporation $ 15,000   2010-10-012012-07-31
Air Alliance Houston $ 11,500   2011-11-252011-12-02
Connecticut Coalition For Environmental Justice, Inc. $ 7,000   2010-10-162011-10-16
Opal $ 5,000   2010-05-012011-04-30
Portland State University $ 9,998   2010-03-152011-03-15
United Houma Nation, Inc. $ 10,000   2010-09-012011-02-28
Interfaith Sponsoring Committee B I S C O $ 10,000   2010-09-012011-02-28
Mary Queen Of Viet Nam Community Development $ 10,000   2010-09-012011-02-28
Connecticut Section American Water Works Association $ 13,500   2010-05-012010-11-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: n FY 2016, two awards totaling $35,000, were made to support the study and investigation of issues related to Environmental Justice. Fiscal Year 2017: Due to the limited availability of funding this program will not be funded in FY 2017. 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

Assistance under this program is generally available to States, territories, Indian Tribes, intertribal consortia, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions which submit applications proposing projects concerning environmental justice issues with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's mission.

Some of EPA's statutes may limit assistance to specific types of interested applications.

See 'Authorization' listed above.

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

States, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200 Subpart E apply for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, the provisions of 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for educational institutions, the provisions of 2 CFR 200 Subpart E for nonprofit institutions, and FAR Part 31 for profit makers. 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.

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

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 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

Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10(a); Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), Section 311(c); Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3); Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20(a); Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a); Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(c)(3).

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. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements for surveys, studies, and investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, and availability of funds.

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

Grants and cooperative agreements are normally funded on a 12-month basis (annual). Most of OEJ awarded grants and cooperative agreements have project periods ranging from one year to three years, and generally, grants and cooperative agreements are fully funded at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant award fully funded at time of award and recipient will draw down funds on an as needed basis.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Semi-annual reports must be submitted to the Project Officer for the duration of the project period.

Final reports must be submitted to the Project Officer upon completion of the project.

The EPA Project Officer will determine whether additional reports are appropriate and necessary.

Program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

At a minimum, semi annual progress reports are required.

Expenditure Reports may be required under this program.

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

68-8145-0-7-304; 68-0103-0-1-304; 68-0108-0-1-304; 68-0107-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $30,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - FY 16 $30,000; FY 17 $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$15,000 to $35,000/fiscal year; $20,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surveys, Studies, and Investigations grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations 2 CFR 200 and any other program regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Region l Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont: Primary Contact: Sharon Wells, Wells.Sharon@epa.gov , USEPA Region 1 (RAA), One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Region 2 New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands: Primary Contact: Tasha Frazier (212) 637-3861, frazier.tasha@epa.gov, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Region 3 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia: Primary Contact: Reginald Harris (215) 814-2988, harris.reggie@epa.gov, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Region 4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee: Primary Contact: Deborah Carter, Carter.Deborah@epa.gov , USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Region 5 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin: Primary Contact: Erin Newman, Newman.Erin@epa.gov , USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507; Region 6 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: Primary Contact: Charlotte Runnels, Runnels.Charlotte@epa.gov, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Region 7 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska: Primary Contact: Brendan Corazzin, Corazzin.Brendan@epa.gov USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101; Secondary: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649, moses.althea@epa.gov, Region 8 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: Primary Contact: Corbin Darling, Darling.Corbin@epa.gov , USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Region 9 Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam: Primary Contact: Deldi Reyes, Reyes.Deldi@epa.gov , USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Region 10 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington: Primary Contact: Sheryl Stohs, Stohs.Sheryl@epa.gov, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101 Region l Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont: Primary Contact: Amy Braz (617) 918-1346, braz.amy@epa.gov, USEPA Region 1 (RAA), One Congress Street - Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02203-0001; Region 2 New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands: Primary Contact: Terry Wesley (212) 637-5027, wesley.terry@epa.gov, USEPA Region 2, 290 Broadway, 26th Floor, New York, NY 10007; Secondary: Tasha Frazier (212) 637-3861, frazier.tasha@epa.gov. Region 3 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia: Primary Contact: Reginald Harris (215) 814-2988, harris.reggie@epa.gov, USEPA Region 3 (3DA00), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029. Region 4 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee: Primary Contact: Daphne Wilson (404) 562-9890, wilson.daphne@epa.gov, USEPA Region 4 Main Office (404) 562-8407, 61 Forsyth Street, Atlanta, GA 30303-8960; Secondary: Ella Mclendon (404) 562- 8316, mclendon.ella@epa.gov. Region 5 Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin: Primary Contact: Lara Lasky (312) 353-5614, lasky.lara@epa.gov, USEPA Region 5 (DM7J), 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604-3507. Region 6 Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas: Primary Contact: Israel Anderson (214) 665-3138, anderson.israel@epa.gov, USEPA Region 6, Fountain Place, 13th Floor, 1445 Ross Avenue (RA-D), Dallas, Texas 75202-2733; Region 7 Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska: Primary Contact: Althea Moses (913) 551-7649, moses.althea@epa.gov, USEPA Region 7, 901 North 5th Street (RGAD/ECO), Kansas City, KS 66101. Region 8 Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming: Primary Contact: April Nowak (303) 312-6528, nowak.april@epa.gov, USEPA Region 8 (8ENF-EJ), 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202-2466; Region 9 Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Guam: Primary Contact: Ladonna Thomas, (415)972-3375, thomas.ladonna@epa.gov, USEPA Region 9 CMD-1, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Region 10 Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington: Primary Contact: Sheryl Stohs (206) 553-, stohs.sheryl@epa.gov, USEPA Region 10 (OMP-143), 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

Headquarters Office

Jacob Burney Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Mail Code 3903R, Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Office of Environmental Justice, Jacob Burney, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Mail Code 2201A, Washington DC 20460. Phone: (202)564-2907. Fax: 202-501-1107. Email: burney.jacob@epa.gov. All EPA Regions and program offices may provide financial assistance under this assistance program. , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: burney.jacob@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-2907

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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