Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Cooperative Agreements

The objective of the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Program is to recruit, train, and place unemployed and under-employed, including low-income, residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted communities with the skills needed to obtain full-time, sustainable employment in solid
and hazardous waste cleanup, wastewater treatment, chemical safety, and the environmental field at large.

Furthermore, this program promotes the facilitation of activities related to assessment, cleanup, or preparation of contaminated sites, including brownfields and Superfund sites, for reuse, while simultaneously building a local workforce with the skills needed to perform remediation work that are supportive of environmental protection and environmental health and safety.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015: In FY15, under the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines, applicants were provided the opportunity to deliver training outside the traditional scope of brownfields hazardous waste training.

As a result of this, applicants were now provided the opportunity to deliver additional training in areas such as: solid waste management and recycling; emergency management and oil spill cleanup; Superfund cleanup related training, including innovative and alternative treatment technologies; integrated pest management; wastewater treatment and storm-water management; and, chemical safety and enhanced environmental health and safety training.

Other types of supplemental environmental training were also eligible as this list is not exhaustive.

Applicants in FY15 were also evaluated heavily on the extent to which they had partnered with employers willing to hire graduates and the extent to which they had conducted labor market assessments that linked proposed training with these employers' forecasted hiring needs.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2016: In FY16, under the Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grant Application Guidelines, applicants were provided the opportunity to deliver training in areas such as: brownfields hazardous waste training; solid waste management and recycling; emergency management and oil spill cleanup; Superfund cleanup related training, including innovative and alternative treatment technologies; integrated pest management; waste water treatment and stormwater management; and chemical safety and enhanced environmental health and safety training.

Applicants in FY16 were also evaluated on the extent to which they had partnered with employers willing to hire graduates and conducted labor market assessments that linked proposed training with these employers' forecasted hiring needs.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17, under the Environmental Workforce Development and Job training Grant Application Guidelines, applicants were provided the opportunity to deliver training in areas such as: brownfields hazardous waste training; solid waste management and recycling; emergency management and oil spill cleanup; Superfund cleanup related training, including innovative and alternative treatment technologies, wastewater treatment and stormwater management; integrated pest management; and chemical safety and enhanced environmental health and safety training.

Applicants in FY17 were also evaluated on the extent to which they have partnered with employers willing to hire graduates and the extent to which they have conducted labor market assessments that link proposed training with employers; forecasted hiring needs.

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.

EPA Regional Offices are listed in Section 7 in the Application Guidelines for Brownfields Job Training Grants.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Arc Of Greater New Orleans, The $ 300,000   2012-01-262014-02-28
Enterprise Center, Inc., The $ 299,999   2012-01-152014-01-14
Memphis Bioworks Foundation $ 299,999   2012-01-152014-01-14
Texarkana, City Of $ 300,000   2012-01-012013-12-31
Richmond, City Of $ 300,000   2011-11-152013-12-31
City Of Nitro $ 200,000   2010-10-012013-09-30
Tacoma, City Of $ 300,000   2011-09-012013-08-31
Pathways-va, Inc. $ 300,000   2011-08-012013-07-31
Milwaukee Community Service Corps Inc $ 200,000   2010-01-012012-12-31
Richmond, City Of $ 500,000   2009-10-012012-10-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: na. Fiscal Year 2017: In FY17, 54 proposals were received and 14 were funded. Grant awards were made at approximately $200,000 each. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds awarded under Section 104(k)(6) of CERCLA must be used for training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, site assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation.

Funds under Section 311(b)(3)(9) of CERCLA must be used for training in innovative and alternative treatment technologies.

For Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants however, individuals are not eligible to apply.

(See eligibility requirements in Section 080) Grants and cooperative agreements are available to eligible entities throughout the United States.

Eligible applicants are allowed to design their own curricula.

In FY14, applicants were provided flexibility to include the following types of training in their curriculum: solid waste management or cleanup (i.e.

recycling center operator training, landfill remediation and capping, demolition and debris collection and recycling, etc.); wastewater and stormwater related training; chemical safey or enhanced environmental health and safety training; and, innovative and alternative treatment technologies related training (i.e.

preparation of contaminated sites for solar installation, green remediation techniques, phytoremediation, soil amendments, advanced sampling instrument operator training, or bioswale system site preparation, etc.) Note: this list is not exhaustive and other types of eligible training may be offered consistent with the statutory authorities.

All applicants were required to include OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) in their curricula.

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.

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' eligible and allowable direct costs incurred under an approved work plan plus allowable programmatic costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

Costs incurred under CERCLA 104(k)(6) grant or cooperative agreements may not be used for an administrative cost, penalty or fine, a Federal cost-share requirement, a response cost for which the recipient of the grant or cooperative agreement is potentially liable under CERCLA 107, or the cost of complying with a Federal law, with the exception of the costs of laws applicable to cleanup of sites.

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

Proposals will be accepted from either eligible governmental entities as defined in CERCLA Section 104(k)(1) or eligible nonprofit organizations as defined in Public Law 106-107, the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act.

Eligible governmental entities include a general purpose local unit of government; a land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of government; a governmental entity created by a state legislature; a regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; a redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a state; a state; an Indian Tribe (other than in Alaska), or an Alaskan Native Regional Corporation and an Alaska Native Village Corporation as those terms are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C.

1601 and following); and the Metlakatla Indian Community.

Intertribal consortia, except consortia comprised of ineligible Alaskan tribes, are eligible to apply as well.

Eligible nonprofit organizations include any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest; is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization.

Workforce Investment Boards that meet these criteria may be eligible nonprofit organizations.

Public and nonprofit private educational institutions are eligible to apply.

However, 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.

For-profit or proprietary training organizations or trade schools are not eligible to apply.

Evidence of nonprofit status under Federal, state or tribal law must be provided at the time the proposal is submitted.

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.

Applicants that received an Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant from EPA in Fiscal Year 2016 were not eligible to apply in Fiscal Year 2017 for regular appropriation funds - unless proposing to serve a different geographic area.

A list of environmental workforce development and job training grants awarded in Fiscal Year 2016 can be found here : https://www.epa.gov/newreleases/epa-awards-18-grants-environmental-workforce-development-and-job-training. Applicants are also required to demonstrate that proposed environmental job training projects do not duplicate other federally funded environmental job training projects in the target community.

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

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants will provide environmental job training unemployed and underemployed residents of solid and hazardous waste-impacted neighborhoods and help them take advantage of job opportunities created as a result of the management, assessment, and cleanup of contaminated properties, as well as employment in wastewater, alternative energy, and chemical safety related positions.

Credentials/Documentation

EPA requires that applicants document their nonprofit status at the time of application. The Agency may also request that applicants demonstrate that they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in fields, and necessary equipment to carry out training projects. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This is a competitive grant 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 excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

(See EPA's Federal Register Notice from November 26, 1986, to exempt hazardous waste training programs from intergovernmental review.).

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. By statute, EPA must award Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants competitively. EPA will specify application procedures in Requests for Initial Proposals or Request for Applications. As stipulated in the Requests for Applications, successful grant applicants must provide, in addition to the SF 424, a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which is now required when applying for federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. For more information go to: http://www.grants.gov. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Section 7 of the application guidelines. 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. Final approval of applications for job training grants and supporting documentation is made by EPA. Award of grant funds are made by EPA Regional Award Officials.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 311(b)(3)(9); The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act , Section 104k(6); Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Clean Water Act , Section 104; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

For job training grants, the range of approval/disapproval time will be approximately 90 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

EPA may incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements under this program. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities and availability of funds. Renewals and extensions of funding are not available.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: For Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training Grants, EPA does not require that applicants include a match or cost share. However, evidence of leveraged funds is encouraged. Furthermore, a statutory factor in ranking applications under Section 104(k)(6) is the extent to which EPA financial assistance will stimulate the availability of other funds for environmental assessment or remediation, and subsequent reuse of Brownfields sites. Applicants may be encouraged to provide information regarding resources (cash/in-kind services) that they, or a project partner, would commit to efforts receiving EPA financial assistance. EPA may take these commitments into account in ranking proposals. This program has no statutory formula. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The performance period for environmental workforce development and job training grant funds is generally three years. Grants are generally announced nationally and awarded by EPA Regional Offices. The Regional Offices work with applicants to negotiate a workplan and award the cooperative agreement. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Reporting requirements are identified under 2 CFR 200 and 1500.

EPA may include additional information regarding the content and frequency of reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.

Quarterly progress and final technical reports are required as part of the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreements.

Performance monitoring is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

Performance monitoring is in accordance with the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement.

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

Record Retention Requirements of 2 CFR 200 and 1500 are applicable, depending on the identity of the recipient and the program funded.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 Estimate Not Available; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - In FY14, approximately $3.6 million was awarded under the environmental workforce development and job training grant program. In FY 2015, approximately $3.6 million was awarded and the estimated funding available in FY16 is approximately $3.0 million.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grants can be funded up to $200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

For environmental workforce development and job training grants, costs must be in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and 1500 In addition, recipients must comply with applicable provisions of EPA training grant regulations at 40 CFR Part 45. EPA will periodically publish guidance for brownfields grant proposals.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. EPA Regional Offices are listed in Section 7 in the Application Guidelines for Brownfields Job Training Grants.

Headquarters Office

Joseph Bruss, Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, OSWER, EPA, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: bruss.joseph@epa.gov Phone: (202) 566-2772.

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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