Internships, Training and Workshops for the Office of Air and Radiation

To provide, Internships, Training, Workshops, and Technical Monitoring in support of the Clean Air Act.

These activities aim to: (1) support the development of career-oriented personnel qualified to work in occupations involving environmental protection and air pollution abatement and control;
(2) provide technical training for State, local, territorial, and Indian Tribal environmental control agencies; (3) enhance the capability of state and local agencies responsible for environmental pollution control or other agencies with similar pollution control responsibilities; (4) provide educational renewal for career oriented personnel to achieve additional knowledge through academic professional training; (5) provide both undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, and other relevant fields with education and training opportunities to enhance their understanding of air quality-related topics; and, 6) to increase the quality and number of people into the environmental control field.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: This program will continue to provide training to tribes in all aspects of air quality, develop workshops in air quality based on identified needs, and provide technical support to ensure adequate information is provided to actually support programs and use knowledge developed in training workshops.

In FY 2008, this program will also support education and training for undergraduate and graduate students interersted in acquiring science, engineering, and other knowledge necessary to help addess air quality and other environmental issues affecting communities along the US-Mexico Border.

Examples of Funded Projects

No examples of funded projects are available at this time.

This is a new program.


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 - EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.
Website Address

www.epa.gov/air



Program Accomplishments

There are no program accomplishment to report at this time. This is a new program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved projects for internships, training and workshops related to environmental issues plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

This requirement does not involve geospatial information.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Assistance under this program is generally available to States, local governments, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, District of Columbia and possessions of the U.S., international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, which submit applications proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Air and Radiation's mission.

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, U.S. territories and possessions, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public and private nonprofit institutions, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for non-profit institutions. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects.

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 excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424, 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 Appendix IV of the Catalog or downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/ogd/forms/forms.htm. Applicants must submit their requests for training assistance on EPA Standard Form 424 and the fellowship assistance on EPA Standard Form 5770-2. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

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

As stated in the Request for Applications or Request for Initial Proposals.

Authorization

Clean Air Act, Section 103(b)(3), as amended 42 U.S.C. 7403; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, Section 102(2)(F), Public Law 91-190, 42 U.S.C. 4332.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days after the deadline for the Request for Applications.

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 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.

Renewals

None. All projects will be fully funded.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

If the grant is not fully funded at time of award, EPA normally funds grants on a 12-month incremental basis. Each grant is limited to a three (3) year duration.

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 financial and equipment reports.

Reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations Part 30 and Part 31.

Audits

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 OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," non-federal entities that expend $500,000 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 $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries in accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipient grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of the final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of an audit remain following the 3-year period, recipients must retain records until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304. Awards funded using the
following accounts: Environmental Program and Management (EPM), and
State and Tribal Air Grants (STAG).

Obigations

FY 07 $0; FY 08 $109,000; and FY 09 est $126,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

EPA generally awards grants ranging in value from $50,000 to $500,000 per fiscal year. The average amount is $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Training grants are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations 40 CFR Part 30 and Part 31; 40 CFR Part 45; and EPA Annual Program Guidance provided to State and Local agencies.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

EPA encourages potential applicants to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog, and the Headquarters program contacts listed below.

Headquarters Office

For Program Information, contact: Linda Zarow, Office of Air and Radiation, Ariel Rios North Building, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mail Code 6101A, Washington, DC 20460; Telephone: (202) 564-7431; E-mail: zarow.linda@epa.gov.

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