National Environmental Education Training Program

To train educational professionals in the development and delivery of environmental education programs.

As required by Public Law 101-619, funds are provided to universities, non-profit organizations, or a consortia of such institutions to deliver environmental education training and support for
education professionals.

ee360 is the newest initiative supporting a diverse cadre of environmental education leaders through certification, accreditation, leadership training, state-of-the-art education materials and research, networking opportunities, and an on-line hub.

The goals of ee360 are to drive educator excellence, cultivate collective impact and mobilize access to high-quality resources and networks

Funding priorities for fiscal year 2016 are for recipient to perform tasks as part of their original proposal and subsequent approval of yearly work plans.

Recipient has entitled this project ' Expanding Capacity in EE' To that end they are doing things such as, workshops, online courses, EE accreditation, building state capacity etc.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2017: Funding priorities for fiscal year 2017 are for recipient to perform tasks as part of their original proposal and subsequent approval of yearly work plans.

Recipient has entitled this project ee360 and to that end they are doing things such as, workshops, EE certification and accreditation, in-service and preservice leadership development, Guidelines training, fellowships for community leaders, among others.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: EE PRO was launched in January 2016.

This is a resource that provides educators, and community leaders a one stop hub for finding and sharing EE resources, information and professional development opportunities.

Fiscal Year 2017: ee360 continues the webinar series started under EECapacity.

Topics for 2017 include: Social Movements in EE; People-Powered Impacts: Using Citizen Science to Change the World; and Introducing the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Community Engagement.

Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available


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 appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: The Expanding Capacity in Environmental Education program will complete the following accomplishments in FY 2016 by December 2016. Developing and delivering NPEEE Guidelines workshops, developing new guidelines for working in communities, Online learning, Building State Capacity including awarding 10 capacity building grants to 10 states to develop replicable model programs to diversify and strengthen environmental education, maintain eePRO launched in January 2016 and complete the implementation of the communications plan. Fiscal Year 2017: The ee360 Program will complete the following accomplishments, among others, in FY 2017: preservice and in-service training for environmental educators; leadership training for NAAEE Affiliate members from 6 states; re-tooling of the educator certification program at the state level; Community Guidelines training at the annual NAAEE conference; workshop on linking research to practice; and updating the current Guidelines series. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds shall be used to establish an education and training program which shall include, at a minimum: (1) classroom training in environmental education and studies including environmental sciences and theory, educational methods and practices, environmental career or occupational education, and topical environmental issues and problems; (2) demonstrations of the design and conduct of environmental field studies and assessments; (3) development of environmental education programs and curricula, including programs and curricula to meet the needs of diverse ethnic and cultural groups; (4) sponsorship and management of international exchanges of teachers and other educational professionals between the United States, Canada, and Mexico involved in environmental programs and issues; (5) maintenance or support of a library of environmental education materials, information, literature, and technologies, with electronic as well as hard copy accessibility; (6) evaluation and dissemination of environmental education materials, training methods, and related programs; (7) sponsorship of conferences, seminars, and related forums for the advancement and development of environmental education and training curricula and materials, including international conferences, seminars, and forums; (8) supporting effective partnerships, networks, and the use of distant learning technologies; and (9) such other activities as the Administrator determines to be consistent with the policies of the Act.

No funds made available for this program shall be used for the acquisition of real property (including buildings) or the construction or substantial modification of any building.

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

Assistance under this program is available to universities, non-profit organizations, or a consortia of such institutions to deliver environmental education training and support for education professionals.

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

Education (0-8), education (9-12), education (13+), nonprofit institutions.

Credentials/Documentation

Documentation of nonprofit status may be required. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. The Office of Environmental Education may 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

A solicitation notice is issued for this program once every five years.

The notice identifies the application process.

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 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. The solicitation notice which described the application procedure for the training program that will operate from 01/01/2017 through 12/31/2021, subject to the availability of funds, was posted on http://www.grants.gov in late Spring 2016. The solicitation process for this program is conducted every five years. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through http://www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

This program is subject to the provisions of 2 CFR 200 and 1500. 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

National Environmental Education Act, Section 5, Public Law 101-619.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

It can take up to a year from time of application submission to award of an assistance agreement. The last award was made in late summer 2016 (for the solicitation published in Spring 2016). The next date that a solicitation notice for this program will be published in the Spring of 2021.

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

Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements for surveys, studies, and investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to the Office of Environmental Education's program priorities, and the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: In accordance with the National Environmental Education Act (Public Law 101-619), federal funds for any project under this section shall not exceed 75 percent of the total cost of such project. The project has a 25 percent non-federal match required by statutory formula. For the purposes of this section, the non-Federal share of project costs may be provided by cash or by in-kind contributions and other non-cash support. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The training program consists of an initial one year budget and project period. Subsequent incremental funding on an annual basis may be awarded for the next four years, for a total budget and project period of five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: This program operates on a five year basis. Funds are initially awarded for a one year project period. Subsequent supplemental funding awards on an annual basis for the next four years.

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 grant regulations at 2 CFR 200 and 1500, as applicable.

Program reports are required under this program.

No cash reports are required.

The grantee must submit semi-annual and final progress reports.

Expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is required.

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 changes to each assistance agreement, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA assistance accounts. All records must be maintained until the expiration of 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as the 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 $2,157,500; FY 17 est $2,157,500; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available - FY 2015: $2,175,500; FY 2016: $2,157,500; FY 2017: $2,175,500.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

This is a 5-year program; one recipient is selected every 5 years. The project is funded on an annual basis and the amount of the annual funding depends on Congressional appropriation. The range and average financial assistance for the full 5-year project period is approximately $10,877,500.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 and 1500 and 40 CFR Parts 32, 33, 45, 47; program guidance; Federal Register (Invitation for Pre-proposal, July 2, 1991); Public Law 101-619.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Javier Araujo Ginger Potter, Sr. Environmental Education Specialist, Office of Environmental Education, (1704A), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-0453. FAX: (202) 564-2753. Email address: potter.ginger@epa.gov. J , Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: araujo.javier@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-2642

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Priorities for selecting proposals are listed in Section 5 of Public Law 101-619, National Environmental Education Act. The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement.



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