International Financial Assistance Projects Sponsored by the Office of International and Tribal Affairs

To protect human health and the environment while advancing U.S.

national interests through international environmental collaboration.

This mission is supported by these strategic objectives: 1) Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals; 2) Improving Air Quality; 3) Cleaning Up Electronic Waste
(E-Waste); 4) Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants; 5) Expanding access to Clean Water; and 6) Building Strong Environmental Institutions and Legal Structures.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: EPA Safeguards air, water, and land for all Americans.

International capacity-building plays a key role in protecting human health, communities and the environment by providing technical cooperation to help countries reduce air pollution, better manage air quality global climates, reduce the global use and emission of mercury, manage drinking & surface water quality, and provide technical assistance to restore the land and mitigate sources of land pollution.

OITA will work to transfer appropriate air management tools and techniques to key countries and regions as we collaborate with partners to improve air quality.

In addition, we will continue efforts to reduce global sources of persistent bioaccumulative toxins.

Long-range and transboundary atmospheric transport and deposition of such toxics as Mercury, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, dioxins, and furans continue to threaten human health and ecosystems.

OITA will continue to promote the development of activities for managing drinking and surface water quality and provide technical cooperation, expertise, and assistance to help communities and countries preserve and restore the land and to mitigate sources of land pollution.

OITA plays a key role in ensuring trade-related activities sustain environmental protection.

Initiatives relating to environmental trade and investment are carried out bilaterally, multilaterally or in connection with multilateral institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, European Union (EU), or Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC).

Also, OITA will support protection of human health and the ecosystem for North America through the United States' participation in the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and through leadership in the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and other international entities.

EPA will provide targeted capacity building support under the environmental cooperation agreements developed parallel to U.S.

free trade agreements.

The U.S.-Mexico Border (to sustain and restore community health and preserve the ecological systems that support them) program is implemented in partnership with the ten Border States and the government of Mexico with its corresponding states and tribes.

It addresses the Agency's major themes of clean air, clean water, and clean land.

The key areas of focus for the Border 2020 Program include improving water quality in the region; improving availability of low sulfur diesel fuel on the border; the stabilization of abandoned hazardous waste sites; removal of used tire piles along the U.S.-Mexico Border; defining baseline and alternative scenarios for air emissions reductions along the border region; and binational emergency preparedness drills and exercises at border sister cities.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2015/16: In FY 2015/16, OITA will continue to engage both bilaterally and through multilateral institutions with the objective of improving international cooperation to address the transboundary movement of pollution.

OITA will address air pollution and air quality with international partners that contribute significant pollution to the environment and who are committed to improving their environmental performance.

OITA will continue its work in the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV), a global partnership that has worked to reduce air pollution from the global fleet of on-road vehicles.

OITA will also continue its efforts to reduce transboundary pollution from ships.

The EPA expects to continue a focus on ratification and full implementation of the Minamata Convention by less developed countries, and on continued technical and policy support for global and regional efforts to address international sources of mercury use and emissions.

OITA will continue to strengthen partnerships to address environmental problems and build capacity in areas such as green growth technologies and environmental laws and legal institutions.

The EPA will lead United States Government efforts to advance the new Green Growth Strategy in the OECD and through U.S.

interagency processes, promoting green jobs and sustainable development worldwide.

In FY 2015/16, the OITA will continue to strengthen our activities in the Arctic.

Working with International Partners, Alaska, Tribes, federal agencies, and the private sector, the EPA is building international support for U.S.

environmental policy objectives through the Arctic Council on a range of topics including mercury and short-lived climate forcers such as black carbon, tropospheric ozone, and methane.

Beyond the Arctic region, OITA will continue to work with the State Department, UNEP, and other international partners as part of the international Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).

The goal of these efforts is to realize immediate climate, health, and other benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants.

Collaboration with global partners is needed to build upon awareness of water pollution issues and to promote watershed and marine environmental protection.

For FY 2015/16, OITA will continue to promote clean water and drinking water programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, focusing on improving the quality of water sources and managing other environmental risks.

In FY 2015/16, OITA will strengthen implementation of global, regional, and country programs to address electronic waste (e-waste) and promote sound reuse and recycling of discarded used electronics.

By partnering with international organizations such as the UN University Solving the E-waste Problem Initiative, better information on the e-waste problem, demonstrations of sustainable recycling programs and stronger collaboration with countries, will help reduce risks from exposure to toxic substances contained in e-waste such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium.

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.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
United Nations Environment Programme $ 1,005,000   2022-10-012027-09-30
North American Development Bank $ 651,000   2021-08-302026-08-30
North American Development Bank $ 718,249   2020-10-012025-10-31
North American Development Bank $ 600,000   2018-07-012024-10-31
North American Development Bank $ 588,000   2019-08-302024-08-31
North American Development Bank $ 200,000   2022-06-012024-05-30
Battelle Memorial Institute $ 4,798,403   2016-03-012024-02-28
Organis Cooperation Developp Economique $ 1,240,000   2017-10-012023-09-30
North American Development Bank $ 665,000   2017-04-012022-12-31
United Nations Environment Programme $ 2,398,337   2015-10-012022-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: EPA collaborated with partner countries to strengthen and enhance public participation practices and to provide partner countries with tools and resources on social inclusion and public participation. EPA trained participants representing governments, NGOs, academia, media, and international organizations in Central and South America, the Middle East and North Africa, West Africa, and Indonesia. EPA, in support of the Lead Paint Alliance, provided technical assistance to Kenya, Tanzania, and other East African countries that furthered development and promulgation of lead in paint laws in East Africa. Fiscal Year 2017: (no entry). Fiscal Year 2018: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Discretionary funds are available for the awards under this program.

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct cost expenditures incident to the approved project plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institution, in accordance with established EPA policy, 2 CFR parts 200 and 1500.

Funding awarded for international research under these projects does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office of Research and Development.

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: 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

Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) may require applicants to submit documentation of non-profit status.

OITA may request applicants to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects.

OITA may also ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions.


Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) may require applicants to submit documentation of non-profit status. OITA may request applicants to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. OITA may also 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

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.

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, 'Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principals, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards' must be used for this program. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Under EPA Order No. 5700.5A1, Policy for Competition in Assistance Agreements (9/12/02), Assistance awards to Foreign Governments and to United Nations agencies and similar International Organizations, such as the Organization of American States and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), may be exempted from competition at the discretion of OITA. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures.

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. For non-competitive awards, OITA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and to technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant.


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


Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)&(c), 42 Stat. 300j-1(a)(1); Clean Air Act, Section 103, 42 U.S.C 7403; Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Section 203, 33 Stat. 1443; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F), 42 Stat. 4332; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 Stat. 6981; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, 15 U.S.C 2609; Clean Water Act, Section 104, 33 U.S.C 1254.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days.


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.


None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to OITA's priorities, and availability of funds.

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

EPA normally funds grants and cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. EPA limits project periods to 5 years. Payments will be on an advance letter of credit or reimbursement basis; recipient must request the initial advance payment on SF 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded by project.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Reporting requirements are identified at 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500.

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

Progress reports are required under this program.

Expenditure Reports are required under this program.

Performance Monitoring is required under this program.


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.


The record retention requirements of 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500 are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. 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 must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304 - EPM.


(Project Grants) FY 16 $2,500,000; FY 17 est $2,500,000; and FY 18 est $1,500,000 - (Project Grants) FY 2016 $2,500,000, FY 2017 $2,500,000, and FY 2018 est $1,500,000. (Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 2016 $2,5000,000, FY 2017 $2,500,000, and FY 2018 est. $1,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Financial assistance for projects range: $15,000 - $300,000; Average: FY 2016 $200,000, FY 2017 $200,000 and FY 2018 est. $150,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

These grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations 2 CFR Parts 200 and 1500. Costs will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 200 and Subpart E.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Mike Weckesser Office of International Affairs, USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20460. For information on grant applications and procedures, contact: Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Office of International Affairs at this web site address: , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: (202) 566-0324 Fax: (202) 564-2408

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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