Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Demonstrations, and Training Grants and Cooperative Agreements - Section 104(b)(3) of the Clean Water Act

To support the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

Funding Priority

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- Fiscal Year 2016: Funding priorities include, but are not limited to training, surveys, studies, investigations, and demonstration projects to support water quality improvement, watershed planning and management, nonpoint source planning, wetlands protection, coastal and estuarine planning, treatment technologies, water efficiency, and environmental management systems


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Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: Funding priorities include, but are not limited to training, surveys, studies, investigations, and demonstration projects to support water quality improvement, watershed planning and management, nonpoint source planning, wetlands protection, coastal and estuarine planning, treatment technologies, water efficiency, and environmental management systems.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Development of innovative watershed education tools, development of wetland protection guides for local communities, demonstration projects for watershed management, development of sustainable approaches to water quality management, and training on environmental management systems.

Fiscal Year 2017: Development of innovative watershed education tools, development of wetland protection guides for local communities, demonstration projects for watershed management, development of sustainable approaches to water quality management, and training on environmental management systems.

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.

For information on grant applications and procedures, contact: Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreement Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code (3903R), Washington, DC 20460.

For program information contact: Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Connie Cahanap, Phone: (202) 566-1382; FAX: (202) 566-1147; E-mail: cahanap.concepcion@epa.gov.

Office of Science and Technology, Agnes Ortiz, Phone: (202) 566-1303; FAX: (202) 566-0441; E-mail: ortiz.agnes@epa.gov.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories





Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
American Water Works Association $ 90,000   2019-08-012024-12-31
Agriculture And Land Stewardship, Iowa Department Of $ 200,000   2020-01-012023-12-31
New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission $ 80,000   2019-08-012023-12-31
Council Of Infrastructure Financing Authorities Incorporated $ 150,000   2019-03-012023-12-31
Environmental Law Institute, The $ 87,437   2017-12-012023-12-31
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 275,000   2019-10-012023-11-30
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 200,000   2020-01-012022-12-31
Environment And Conservation, Tennessee Department Of $ 200,000   2020-01-012022-12-31
Energy And Environment Cabinet $ 200,000   2020-01-012022-12-31
Agriculture, Indiana Office Of The Commissioner Of $ 200,000   2020-02-152022-11-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Competitions are held throughout the year at Headquarters and in the Regions 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 announcement will typically include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 16, EPA funded 6 projects to support training, surveys, studies, investigations, and demonstrations for water quality improvement, watershed planning and management, treatment technologies, water efficiency, and environmental management systems. Fiscal Year 2017: Competitions are held throughout the year at Headquarters and in the Regions 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 announcement will typically include the number of anticipated awards. In FY 17, EPA will continue to fund projects to support training, surveys, studies, investigations, and demonstrations for water quality improvement, watershed planning and management, treatment technologies, water efficiency, and environmental management systems. 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 conducting and promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

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: http://geodata.epa.gov.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); public and private universities and colleges; hospitals; laboratories; public or private nonprofit institutions; intertribal consortia; and individuals.

Nonprofit 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.

An intertribal consortium must meet the definition of eligibility in the Environmental Program Grants for Tribes Final Rule, at 40 CFR 35.504 (66 FR 3782.

January 16, 2001) (FRL-6929-5) and be a non-profit organization within the meaning of 2 CFR 200.

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, other public and private nonprofit institutions, and individuals.

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation of nonprofit status may be required. 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 principal 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

EPA awards grants and cooperative agreements supporting surveys, studies, and investigations based on competitive applications submitted in response to EPA solicitations, considering relevance and likelihood of success of proposed projects.

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. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, must be used for 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, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. 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), Public Law 95-217, 33 U.S.C 1251; National Environmental Policy Act , Section 102(2)(F).

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

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. For certain competitive funding opportunities under this CFDA description, the Agency may include matching requirements consistent with the Agency's Assistance Agreement Competition Policy. Match may be cash or in-kind consistent with the regulations governing match requirements at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable. Specific matching requirements will be described in detail in the competitive announcements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The term of the grant shall be determined at the 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.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations at 2 CFR 200.328.

Program reports are required under this program.

Cash reports are required under this program.

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure reports are 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

The record retention requirements of 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, apply. 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

68-0107-0-1-304; 68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,928,000; FY 17 est $3,910,000; and FY 18 est $1,000,000 - FY 16 $3,928,000; FY 17 est. $3,910,000; and FY 18 est. $1,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $10,000 to $580,000/fiscal year; Average: $295,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surveys, studies, investigations, demonstrations, and training grants and cooperative agreements are subject to the general grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 Subpart E.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. For information on grant applications and procedures, contact: Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreement Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code (3903R), Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds, Connie Cahanap, Phone: (202) 566-1382; FAX: (202) 566-1147; E-mail: cahanap.concepcion@epa.gov. Office of Science and Technology, Agnes Ortiz, Phone: (202) 566-1303; FAX: (202) 566-0441; E-mail: ortiz.agnes@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Tracey Miller For information on grant applications and procedures, contact: Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Tracey Miller, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Immediate Office, Phone: (202) 564-0783; FAX: (202) 564-0348; E-mail: miller.tracey@epa.gov1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code (3903R), Washington, DC 20460, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: miller.tracey@epa.gov Phone: 202-564-0783 Fax: 202-564-0348

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The 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 announced criteria.


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