Southeastern Multi-Media and Geographic Priority Projects

To fund projects, including surveys, studies, investigations, demonstrations, training, outreach, human health and the environment to (1) prevent, reduce and eliminate pollution through the promotion of environmental sustainability; (2) build capacity on environmental sustainability and public health
issues; (3) support the development and implementation of sustainability strategies and enhance environmental literacy; (4) promote coordination and collaboration between and among federal, state, and local governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as build environmental education capacity at institutions of higher education.



Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: The projects should be centered around providing a forum for academic advisors and sustainability coordinators to collaborate with industry, college and graduate level students to establish and broaden environmental learning opportunities that promote capacity building on environmental sustainability and public health issues, including the creation of hands-on instructional learning of sustainable practices including pollution prevention, water and energy conservation, watershed protection, and environmental stewardship.

The project should also serve to foster an environmental literacy plan to ensure that students have an understanding of environmental sustainability and how it interconnects with the green economy.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2012: 1.

Project funded to host a symposium on sustainability designed to encourage colleges and universities to implement environmentally sustainable projects on their campuses and to incorporate sustainability into their curricula.



2.

Project funded to establish fundamental outdoor learning and promote interactive environmental learning activities into the schools" environmental academics.

The proposal is centered around providing students with interactive environmental learning including the creation of outdoor classrooms, schoolyard habitats, field trips and instruction on sustainable practices including pollution prevention, water and energy conservation, watershed protection, and environmental stewardship.

Fiscal Year 2013: 1.

Project funded to implement a highly visible campus composting system from food waste and preventing the associated pollution.

The project will be supplemented with related course modules.



2.

Project funded to provide an analysis of a commuter system that will connect with stakeholders and residents to transform auto-oriented areas into pedestrian-oriented communities.

3.

Project funded to develop informed students on human interaction with the natural world to ensure a sustainable environment for the future.

The grantee will accomplish this through faculty training and development of instructional materials.

4.

Project funded to study soil contamination and its implications across the curriculum.

Fiscal Year 2014: 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.

Caroline Robinson
Senior Advisor
Office of the Regional Administrator
Region 4, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Email: robinson.caroline@epa.gov
Phone: 404 562-8976.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2012: An environmental symposium was conducted on sustainability practices at colleges and universities to encourage colleges and universities to implement environmentally sustainable projects on their campuses and to incorporate sustainability into their curricula. This conference served as a collaborative exchange of achievements in environmental sustainability which included an environmental youth summit. This conference also served as a collaborative exchange of environmental achievements. Fiscal Year 2013: FY 13 is not yet available. Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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: http://geodata.epa.gov.

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

Projects conducted within the geographic boundaries of EPA"s Region 4, which comprises the states and tribal lands of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, are eligible for funding when it is available.

Interstate, state, tribal, intrastate, and local government agencies, districts, and councils; and public and private universities and colleges, laboratories, and research facilities; and public or private non-governmental, non-profit institutions are eligible to apply, unless restricted by the authorizing statutes.

Non-profit organizations must have documentation of non-profit status from the U.S.

Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation, except that non-profits organizations as defined in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act 1995 or superseding legislation are ineligible.

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

Interstate, state, tribal, intrastate, and local government agencies, districts, and councils; public and private universities and colleges, laboratories, and research facilities; and public or private non-governmental, non-profit institutions are eligible to apply, unless restricted by the authorizing statutes.

Credentials/Documentation

EPA may require applicants and principle investigators to demonstrate appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects, and to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. EPA may require nonprofit organizations to provide documentation of nonprofit status accorded by the Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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.

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

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. The standard application forms, as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-110 must be used for this program. 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, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Additional information on the EPA grant package can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants/how_to_apply.htm. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures. 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

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

Authorization

Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Section 104&311; Clean Air Act, Section 103; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Pollution Prevention Act, Section 6605; Clean Water Act, Section 104; National Environmental Education Act, Section 6; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Section 8001; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days from receipt of final application, through selection and notification, and development and approval of work plan, to award of funds.

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

EPA can fund grants and cooperative agreements for surveys, studies, investigations, demonstrations, training, education, limited research, outreach, and/or special-purpose activities incrementally. Approval of incremental funding depends on satisfactory project progress as well as continued relevance of the project and availability of funds. The application procedure is identical to applying for a new grant, with the same funds source, selection criteria, and review procedure.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

EPA may negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of the grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are issued electronically through automated funds transfer. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

EPA may include reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the assistance agreements, which may require quarterly, interim, and final performance reports, and financial, equipment, and inventory reports.

Progress reports are required under this program.

A final Federal Financial Report financial status report will be required.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal 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 Circular No. A-133. 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.

Records

Recipients must demonstrate financial management capability, keep financial records including documentation for entries on accounting and for any changes in grant requirements, and make records available to personnel authorized to examine assistance recipients" records. Recipients must maintain all records for a minimum of three years from the date of submission of the final report and until all questions regarding the assistance agreement, such as those arising from audits, are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0107-0-1-304; 86-8153-0-1-304; 68-8145-0-1-304; 68-0108-0-1-304; 68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 12 $94,994,000; FY 13 est $85,006,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

FY12 ranged was $9,994.00 - $85,000.00 ( 2 projects, only); average was $52,494.00,

FY13 ranged is $10,149.00 - $24,998 (4 projects) average is $21,251.50.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Assistance agreements under this program are subject to EPA"s General Grant Regulations, 40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Caroline Robinson
Senior Advisor
Office of the Regional Administrator
Region 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Email: robinson.caroline@epa.gov
Phone: 404 562-8976.

Headquarters Office

Caroline Robinson Office of the Regional Administrator
Region 4, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Email: robinson.caroline@epa.gov Phone: 404 562-8976

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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