Gulf of Mexico Program

(1) To assist States, Indian Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, and demonstrating innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution; and (2) To expand and strengthen
cooperative efforts to restore and protect the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the region.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: Projects that will deliver significant results to achieve the environmental outcomes of improved health of the Gulf of Mexico by restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat, improving water quality, enhancing community resilience, and furthering environmental education.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: Projects that will deliver significant results to achieve the environmental outcomes of improved health of the Gulf of Mexico by restoring, protecting and enhancing habitat, improving water quality, enhancing community resilience, and furthering environmental education.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Nine projects were selected for funding in FY 16.

In FY 16, the program continues to support projects which improve water quality, restore habitat, enhance and protect habitat, help coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change, and significantly advance environmental education.

Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year 2017: Notice of Tentative awards will be made by the end of the FY.

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.

Contact the EPA Region 4 Office listed in Regional Office of the Catalog for information on the grants administration process.

Local Office: EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, 2510 14th St., Suite 1212, Gulfport, MS 39501 Attention: Rachel Houge.

Telephone: 228-304-7441.

FAX: 228-679-5921.

E-Mail: houge.rachel@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Of Louisiana $ 100,000   2012-08-012014-12-31
Environmental Protection, Florida Department Of $ 456,000   2007-07-012011-12-31
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium $ 205,965   2008-12-012011-11-30
University Of South Florida $ 329,766   2008-12-012010-11-30
University Of South Florida $ 875,907   2007-08-032010-08-02
University Of South Florida $ 426,236   2007-08-012010-07-31
Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida $ 302,474   2007-06-012009-12-31
Environmental Quality, Mississippi Department Of $ 48,600   2006-06-012009-12-31
Marine Environmental Sciences Consortium $ 67,981   2006-05-012009-09-30
Rabalais, Nancy $ 69,848   2006-10-012009-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The program initiated a competition in the last quarter of FY2015. Ninety-one proposals were received and in FY2016, nine of the proposals were selected for funding for a total of $2.5 million. In FY 2016, the program continued to support projects which improved water quality, restored, enhanced, and protected habitat, helped coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change and significantly advance environmental education for all. Fiscal Year 2017: Fiscal Year 2017: Notice of Tentative awards will be made by the end of the FY. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Section 104 (b)(3) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C.

Section 1254 (b)(3) authorizes the awarding of assistance for programs established under the Clean Water Act.

Assistance will be targeted to States, Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations that commit to specific activities.

Eligible activities should be of a relatively short time frame (6 months to 3 years) and all projects should achieve and demonstrate results.

Assistance agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, investigations, research, and demonstrations plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

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

Funds are available to State and local governments, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities, and other public or nonprofit organizations.

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, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities,and other public or nonprofit organizations.

Credentials/Documentation

Compliance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500, Program Funding Guidance, and 2 CFR 200 Subpart E. 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 should follow the proposal format and instructions provided in the Funding Announcement. The proposal should be transmitted electronically to the email address and by the date and time published in the Funding Announcement. 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), 33 U.S.C 1254.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90-180 days following the application deadline as addressed in the competitive funding announcement.

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

Contact the Gulf of Mexico Program Office for information.

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

The terms of the assistance shall be determined at the time of 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 the 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 an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $459,000; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 est $3,000,000 - FY 16 $1,459,000; and FY 17 $3,000,000 FY 18 est. $3,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$30,000 to $300,000/fiscal year; $165,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For assistance agreements, the procedures and requirements should be in conformance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the EPA Region 4 Office listed in Regional Office of the Catalog for information on the grants administration process. Local Office: EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, 2510 14th St., Suite 1212, Gulfport, MS 39501 Attention: Rachel Houge. Telephone: 228-304-7441. FAX: 228-679-5921. E-Mail: houge.rachel@epa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Rachel Houge EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, Mail Code EPA/GMPO, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529 Email: houge.rachel@epa.gov Phone: 228-688-2052

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Projects will be selected based on the criteria and ranking factors established in the EPA's Gulf of Mexico Program's Competitive Funding Announcement. Leveraged funds and resources will be considered during the evaluation scoring process.



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