Performance Partnership Grants

Improving EPA's partnership with the States and Tribes is critical to accelerating environmental outcomes.

Performance Partnership Grants (PPGs) are the cornerstone of the National Environmental Performance Partnership System (NEPPS) -- EPA's strategy to strengthen partnerships and build a results-based
management system.

PPGs are innovative grant delivery tools that allow States and Tribes to combine up to 20 eligible State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) grants into a single grant with a single budget.

PPGs can reduce administrative transaction costs, provide the flexibility to direct resources toward the highest priority environmental problems, and support cross-media approaches and initiatives.

EPA's overarching goal is to optimize the leveraging power of PPGs to focus strategically on the joint priorities of EPA, States and Tribes.

PPGs do not include any funding in addition to the state and tribal assistance grants provided under other statutory authorities.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Years 2015 and FY 2016: EPA headquarters and regional offices will give priority to flexibility and opportunities to work collaboratively with States and Tribes.

The Agency will continue to focus on our ongoing goals for the PPG program, which are: (1) strengthen partnerships between EPA, the States, Tribes, and interstate agencies through joint planning and priority setting to deploy resources more effectively; (2) provide States, Tribes, and interstate agencies with the flexibility to direct resources where they are needed most to address environmental and public health priorities; (3) link program activities more effectively with environmental and public health goals and environmental outcomes; (4) foster implementation of innovative approaches such as pollution prevention, ecosystem management, and community-based environmental protection strategies; and (5) provide savings by streamlining administrative requirements.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Years 2016 and FY 2017: EPA headquarters and regional offices will give priority to flexibility and opportunities to work collaboratively with States and Tribes.

The Agency will continue to focus on our ongoing goals for the PPG program, which are: (1) strengthen partnerships between EPA, the States, Tribes, and interstate agencies through joint planning and priority setting to deploy resources more effectively; (2) provide States, Tribes, and interstate agencies with the flexibility to direct resources where they are needed most to address environmental and public health priorities; (3) link program activities more effectively with environmental and public health goals and environmental outcomes; (4) foster implementation of innovative approaches such as pollution prevention, ecosystem management, and community-based environmental protection strategies; and (5) provide savings by streamlining administrative requirements.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Years 2016 and 2017: EPA headquarters and regional offices will give priority to flexibility and opportunities to work collaboratively with States and Tribes.

The Agency will continue to focus on our ongoing goals for the PPG program, which are: (1) strengthen partnerships between EPA, the States, Tribes, and interstate agencies through joint planning and priority setting to deploy resources more effectively; (2) provide States, Tribes, and interstate agencies with the flexibility to direct resources where they are needed most to address environmental and public health priorities; (3) link program activities more effectively with environmental and public health goals and environmental outcomes; (4) foster implementation of innovative approaches such as pollution prevention, ecosystem management, and community-based environmental protection strategies; and (5) provide savings by streamlining administrative requirements.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: hese grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA.

As EPA?s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues.

These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA?s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues.

If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA.

https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=step1&id=369fc5eda1e44e7dd8002f175c10809d.

Fiscal Year 2017: hese grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA.

As EPA?s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues.

These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA?s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues.

If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA.

https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=step1&id=369fc5eda1e44e7dd8002f175c10809d.

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.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for EPA Regional Office contacts.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Suquamish Indian Tribe Of The Port Madison Reservation $ 931,500   2010-01-012013-12-31
Confederated Tribes Of Siletz Indians, The $ 831,500   2010-01-012013-12-31
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe $ 1,820,930   2009-10-012013-09-30
Squaxin Island Tribe $ 1,036,217   2009-10-012013-09-30
Nez Perce Tribe $ 2,157,533   2009-10-012013-09-30
Skokomish Indian Tribe $ 980,500   2009-10-012013-09-30
Spokane Tribe Of The Spokane Reservation $ 1,571,356   2009-10-012013-09-30
Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Indian Reservation $ 1,591,903   2009-10-012013-09-30
Kalispel Indian Community Of The Kalispel Reservation $ 1,331,777   2009-10-012013-09-30
Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe $ 921,500   2009-10-012013-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: hese grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA. As EPA?s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues. These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA?s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues. If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA. https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=step1&id=369fc5eda1e44e7dd8002f175c10809d. Fiscal Year 2017: . hese grants fund state and tribal pesticide programs that are part of a Performance Partnership Agreement, known as a PPG or a PPA. As EPA?s co-regulators, these pesticide programs work extensively with pesticide applicators, growers, commodity groups, as well as other government agencies to promote the proper use of pesticides and address pesticide issues. These programs conduct extensive technical assistance for all stakeholders as well as the general public, and provide outreach and education on EPA?s national pesticide priorities such as worker protection, pollinator protection and emerging public health pesticide issues. If enforcement funds are included, these funds are used to enforce FIFRA. https://www.cfda.gov/index?s=program&mode=form&tab=step1&id=369fc5eda1e44e7dd8002f175c10809d. Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

PPGs are a type of modified block grant, where recipients may combine funds from categorical grants to accomplish their joint and several purposes, so long as recipients meet program requirements for each categorical grant combined into the PPG.

The 20 categorical grants eligible for PPGs are a mixture of continuing program grants and competitive project grants.

Eligible recipients can combine two or more of the following 20 categorical grants programs identified in EPA's State and Tribal Assistance Grants (STAG) appropriation into a PPG: (1) Air Pollution Control (Clean Air Act [CAA] Section 105); (2) Water Pollution Control (Clean Water Act [CWA] Section 106); (3) Nonpoint Source Management (CWA Section 319); (4) Wetlands Program Development (CWA Section 104(b)(3)); (5) Public Water System Supervision (Safe Drinking Water Act [SDWA] Sections 1443(a) and 1451(a)(3)); (6) Underground Water Source Protection (SDWA Section 1443(b)); (7) Hazardous Waste Management (Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 3011(a)); (8) Underground Storage Tank (Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 2007(f)(2)); (9) Radon Assessment and Mitigation (Toxic Substances Control Act [TSCA] Section 306); (10) Lead-based Paint Activities (TSCA Section 404(g)); (11) Toxic Substances Compliance Monitoring (TSCA Section 28); (12) Pollution Prevention Incentives for States (Pollution Prevention Act [PPA] Section 6605); (13) Pesticide Cooperative Enforcement (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act [FIFRA] Section 23(a)(1); (14) Pesticides Program Implementation (FIFRA Section 23(a)(1)); (15) Pesticide Applicator Certification and Training (FIFRA Section 23 (a)(2)); (16) Environmental Information Network Exchange Grants (Consolidated Appropriations Resolution for the Departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies of 2003, Public Law 108-7; Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, Public Law 108-199); (17) Brownfields State and Tribal Response Program Grants (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 [CERCLA], Section 128(a), as amended; Public Law 107-118; Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act); (18) General Assistance Grants to Indian Tribes (Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992; only eligible Tribes can propose to include these funds in a PPG application); (19) Beaches Environmental Assessment and Coastal Health (BEACH) Act (Public Law 106-284); and (20) Multipurpose grants to states and tribes, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (Public Law 114-113).

Recipients may use PPGs to fund activities that are within the cumulative eligibilities of the 20 categorical grants programs listed above for which they are eligible. 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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All States, interstate agencies, U.S.

territories, the District of Columbia, and federally recognized Indian Tribes eligible to receive more than one of the 20 categorical grant programs referred to in 'Uses and Use Restrictions' above are eligible to apply for PPGs.

Any duly authorized State or tribal entity that currently receives or is eligible to receive EPA categorical program grants may request a PPG for the funds it administers.

This may include agencies other than environmental agencies (for example, agricultural and health agencies), where authorized by state or tribal law.

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, U.S. territories, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, and interstate agencies.

Credentials/Documentation

All recipients are agencies of state, local, tribal, or territorial governments. All documentation requirements for recipients are presented at 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart E, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.'. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Applicants interested in pursuing PPGs should coordinate with their appropriate EPA regional office to develop a PPG through joint negotiations (See Appendix IV of the Catalog).

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. Requests for applications should be made to the appropriate EPA regional grants management office. The standard application forms as furnished by the federal agency and required by 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards' must be used for this program. Applicants will negotiate the content of their PPG with their EPA regional office and submit an application for the PPG based on these negotiations. Applicants for PPGs must submit an 'Application for Federal Assistance: State and Local Non-Construction Programs,' Standard Form 424, including the required supporting documents. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Grant applications are reviewed by the appropriate EPA regional office, and if approved, awarded by the Regional Administrator. 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. After the applicant is chosen for the competitive award, the applicant will work with the EPA regional office to add those competitive grant funds to the PPG if requested by the state. The workplan and supporting documentation that were the basis of the competitive award also will be added to the PPG.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996, Public Law 104-134; Departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998, Public Law 105-65. , Public Law 105-65; Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996, Public Law 104-134.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 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: Major portions of the PPGs are by statutory formula. The allocation for a PPG consists of the cumulative allocations for the categorical grants included in the PPG. Recipients should calculate a single, composite minimum cost share (based on the match or maintenance of effort requirements of the categorical grants included in the PPG) for each of their PPGs. To calculate the minimum cost share for a PPG, start with the amount of federal dollars from each program (source of funds) going into the PPG. The minimum required cost share for each portion is determined by identifying the cost share requirements of the relevant categorical grant program. The minimum recipient cost share for the PPG is the sum of the minimum cost shares of the contributed categorical grants. Tribal governments and intertribal consortia may be eligible for match requirement waivers based on demonstrated hardship. Such waiver eligibility will be determined by the Regional Administrator and will be based on socio-economic criteria. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The terms of the PPG shall be determined during pre-application negotiations and at the time of the award. Applicants may choose to submit either annual or multi-year work plans and project periods. Budget periods will be for 12 months with the applicant having the flexibility to select, in consultation with the Regional Administrator, the specific start and end date for the budget period. Grant awards are made after review and approval of the application. Grantees are reimbursed for actual expenses based on submissions in financial status reports. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Annually.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Applicants must provide reports and conduct joint evaluations in accordance with 2 CFR Part 200 and 2 CFR Part 1500, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards' and 40 CFR Part 35, Subparts A and B.

Refer to the program descriptions for the individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs (see section [70] for a list).

Cash reports may be required.

Refer to the program descriptions for the individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs.

Progress reports may be required.

Refer to the program descriptions for the individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs.

Expenditure reports may be required.

Refer to the program descriptions for the individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs.

Performance monitoring may be required.

Refer to the program descriptions for the individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs.

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. In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-federal entities that expend $750,000 or more in a year in Federal awards shall 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.

Records

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions 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

(Formula Grants) FY 16 $445,000,000; FY 17 est $445,000,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY 16 est. $445,000,000; FY 17 est. $445,000,000 NOTE: See General Objectives, section [50], for a description of PPGs. The amounts cited above are inclusive of, not in addition to, obligations reported under individual STAG program grants eligible for inclusion in PPGs (see section [70] for a list).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

There is no low-end limit for PPG awards, which may be as small as combining two programs and thousands of dollars to Tribes, or as large as combining up to 20 categorical grants to States. PPG totals for larger States can exceed $10 million. In FY 2014, state PPGs generally contained six or seven categorical grants, with award amounts averaging around $5 million.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

40 CFR Part 35 Subparts A and B; 2 CFR 200 and 1500 as applicable, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments.'

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog for EPA Regional Office contacts.

Headquarters Office

Michael Osinski, USEPA Headquarters, Ariel Rios Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N. W. Mail Code: 1306A, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: osinski.michael@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-3792.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Applicants must meet selection criteria for the categorical grants to be combined in the PPG. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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