National Wetland Program Development Grants and Five-Star Restoration Training Grant

To assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies, and interstate/intertribal entities in building programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands.

The primary focus of the grants is to build state and tribal wetland programs.

A secondary focus is to build local (e.g.

county
or municipal) programs
Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: For the National WPDGs: EPA has identified the following national priorities - National Priority Area 1: Core Elements Framework.

National Priority Area 1 is based on the four core elements of a Comprehensive State/Tribal Wetlands Program: 1) Monitoring and Assessment; 2) Voluntary Wetland Restoration and Protection; 3) Regulatory Approaches Including CWA 401 Certification; and 4) Wetland-Specific Water Quality Standards.

Further explanation of all of the elements can be found at the following website address: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants.

The Wetlands Program Development Grants (WPDG) program strives to develop State/Tribal/local government programs that will incorporate each of these elements.

For the Five-Star Restoration Training Grants, EPA funds an intermediary organization to provide subawards to eligible subawardees to bring together citizen groups, corporations, youth conservation corps, students, landowners, and government agencies to undertake projects that achieve environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: The Wetland Program Development Grant database will provide project information for the National WDPGs (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1).

Examples of funded projects include projects that: improving wetland/aquatic Resource Protection through 401Certification of linear energy transmission project permits; assist states and tribes to effectively integrate their use of compensation for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) for damage to wetlands and aquatic resources with wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fee (ILF) programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; develop a webinar series on the policy, practice, and science of stream mitigation for states, tribes, and local governments; developing a protocol for gathering and organizing current and historic data on compensatory mitigation and tracking these data into the future; development of Rapid Assessment Tools to Identify opportunities for transgression of coastal wetlands; and to identify ways to integrate state and tribal wetland programs with other federal, state and local water, habitat and floodplain programs in order to leverage the benefits of wetland protection and restoration to improve overall watershed health.

Fiscal Year 2017: The Wetland Program Development Grant database will provide project information for the National WDPGs (http://iaspub.epa.gov/pls/grts/f?p=101:1).

Examples of continuing funded projects include projects that: improving wetland/aquatic Resource Protection through 401Certification of linear energy transmission project permits; assist states and tribes to effectively integrate their use of compensation for Natural Resource Damages (NRD) for damage to wetlands and aquatic resources with wetland mitigation banks and in-lieu fee (ILF) programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; develop a webinar series on the policy, practice, and science of stream mitigation for states, tribes, and local governments; developing a protocol for gathering and organizing current and historic data on compensatory mitigation and tracking these data into the future; development of Rapid Assessment Tools to Identify opportunities for transgression of coastal wetlands; and to identify ways to integrate state and tribal wetland programs with other federal, state and local water, habitat and floodplain programs in order to leverage the benefits of wetland protection and restoration to improve overall watershed health.

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
Environmental Law Institute, The $ 66,035   2011-06-012013-05-31
Environmental Law Institute, The $ 94,027   2011-05-012012-10-31
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership $ 130,037   2009-12-202011-12-31
Environmental Law Institute, The $ 74,308   2006-10-012008-09-30
Environmental Law Institute $ 74,309   2006-10-012008-09-30
The Conservation Fund $ 20,000   2007-01-012008-06-30
Environmental Law Institute $ 61,239   2006-10-012007-12-31
Natureserve $ 60,802   2006-10-012007-12-15
Natureserve $ 60,802   2006-10-012007-12-15
Environmental Law Institute $ 60,083   2006-09-012007-10-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 16, funding will continue to support projects that encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; and increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs; and develop. EPA issued a competition in FY16 and made seven (7) awards. Fiscal Year 2017: In FY 17, funding will continue to support projects that encourage the use of data documenting wetland condition, function, status and trends to support development and implementation of other state wetland program core elements such as wetland regulation, restoration, and development of water quality standards for wetlands; identify best practices for developing wetland restoration and protection programs; develop and deliver in-lieu fee mitigation training for states, tribes, and local governments; and increase understanding of multiple aspects of state and tribal wetland programs, including all four of the EPA core essential elements, resulting in more robust state and tribal programs. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The National WPDGs are intended to encourage comprehensive, national wetlands program development by promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

Projects build the capacity of States, Tribes, and local governments programs to effectively protect wetland and riparian resources.

Activities must help S/T/LGs develop and refine wetland programs.

Projects funded under this program support the initial development of a national wetlands protection, restoration or management program, or support enhancement/refinement of an existing national program.

Projects must be broad in scope and include more than one EPA Region or be national in scope and cannot be limited to activities that affect such entities in only one EPA region.

For example, projects and tasks can involve advancing science or collecting and making available through publications and other appropriate means, such as training on information about how various wetland programs across the nation protect, manage, and restore their wetland resources and about initiatives to improve S/T/LG wetland programs.

Projects that are local or encompass only one EPA Region in scope are not eligible for funding under this program but may be eligible for funding under EPA's Regional Wetland Program Development Grants program (CFDA 66.461).

Funds cannot be used for the purchase of land or conservation easements.

Funds cannot be used for implementation of individual mitigation projects, mitigation banks, or in-lieu-fee mitigation programs.

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.

EPA's Five Star Restoration Training Grant is anticipated to fund one cooperative agreement to an organization to manage the Five Star Restoration Training Grant subaward process that will award subgrants to achieve environmental training through voluntary, community/watershed-based wetland restoration projects.

Projects funded under the subgrant process must be limited to activities that conduct or promote the coordination and acceleration of training relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.

Other activities under section 104(b)(3) will not be considered for funding.

Funds cannot be used for the purchase of land or conservation easements.

Funds cannot be used for implementation of individual mitigation projects, mitigation banks, or in-lieu-fee mitigation programs.

Wetland restoration training projects cannot include wetlands constructed for the purposes of treating wastewater or stormwater only.

The assistance agreement award 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

Non-profit, non-governmental organizations, Interstate agencies, and Intertribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance wetland programs on a national basis are eligible to compete in this program.

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, Tribal, and local governments involved in administering wetlands protection, restoration, and/or management programs or programs related to or complement wetlands protection programs.

Credentials/Documentation

Non-profit applicants may be asked to provide documentation that they meet the definition of a non-profit organization. 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 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.

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. The EPA Headquarters (HQ) Office will conduct the competitive process for awarding National Wetland Program Development Grants. Interested applicants should review information on the National Wetland Program Development Grants at: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. Submittal instructions can be found in the competitive announcement. The EPA Headquarters (HQ) Office will conduct the competitive process for awarding the Five-Star Restoration Training Grant. Interested applicants should review information on the Five-Star Restoration Training Grant at: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/wetland-program-development-grants. Submittal instructions can be found in the competitive announcement. All applicants will be notified by the HQ Office on whether or not the applicant has been selected for funding. The notification is not an authorization to begin performance. The Grant Award document signed by the appropriate grant official in the EPA HQ Office is the authorizing document. Applicants selected for funding must submit a final workplan and grant application forms. 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 92-500, 33 U.S.C 1254(b)(3).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Grants are usually approved within 4 months of receipt of completed application.

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. The applicant must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total cost of the workplan to the extent allowed by 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, 40 CFR 35.385, and 35.615. To determine if the minimum match is met, EPA will use the following formula: amount (in dollars) of federal funds requested from EPA divided by 3 = minimum match (in dollars) or Total project amount (in dollars) divided by 4 = minimum match (in dollars). For example, if the applicant requests $75,000 of federal funds or has a total project cost of $100,000 for a three-year project period, it must be able to provide $25,000 in matching funds or services. A reduced match may be available for Tribal grantees that place the Wetland Program Development Grant funds in a Performance Partnership Grant. (See regulations at 40 CFR 536(c)). States and Tribes can provide a larger share of the project's cost whenever possible (i.e., in excess of the required 25 percent of total project costs). Award recipients can meet the match requirements with in-kind or monetary contributions from entities other than themselves. However, other Federal money cannot be used as the match for this grant program unless authorized by the statute governing the award of the other Federal funds. Matching funds are considered grant funds. They must be used for the reasonable and necessary expenses of carrying out the assistance agreement workplan. Any restrictions on the use of grant funds (i.e., prohibition of land acquisition with grant funds) also apply to the matching funds. 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.

All final reports must be accompanied by a 1-2 page summary electronic document on the project.

Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

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

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

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $650,000; FY 17 est $650,000; and FY 18 est $250,000 - National Wetlands Program Development Grants: FY 16 $400,000; FY 17 est. $400,000; and FY 18 est. $0. Five-Star Restoration Training Grant: FY 16 $250,000; FY 17 est. $250,000; and FY 18 est. $250,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

National Wetlands Program Development Grants: $75,000 to $200,000/every two years; $160,500/every two years; Five-Star Restoration Training Grant: $1,000,000 every four years.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General grant regulations and procedures, 2 CFR 200 and 1500, 40 CFR 35.610, as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Myra Price Wetlands Division (4502T), Office of Oceans, Wetlands, and Watersheds, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: price.myra@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-1225.

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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