Surveys, Studies, Investigations, Demonstrations, and Training Grants Section 1442 of the Safe Drink

(1) To support surveys, studies, investigations, demonstrations, and training associated with source water and drinking water; (2) To develop and expand capabilities of programs to carry out the purposes of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: Funding priorities
include providing assistance for the following: (1) research on the occurrence of contaminants in drinking water; (2) source water protection and treatment methods; measures to protect water quality in the distribution system and at the tap; (3) tribal source water protection program support; tribal operator certification program support; (4) tribal capacity development program support; and (5) assistance to tribes in administration of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Grants to identify health effects associated with drinking water contaminants.Funding priorities also include providing assistance for the following training and technical assistance activities: (1) training personnel who manage or operate public water systems; (2) training personnel for occupations involving the public health aspects of providing safe drinking water; (3) training to develop and expand the capabilities of states and municipalities to carry out the SDWA; and (4) technical assistance to enable small public water systems to meet the requirements of SDWA.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2009: Funding priorities include providing assistance for the following: (1) research on the occurrence of contaminants in drinking water; (2) source water protection and treatment methods; measures to protect water quality in the distribution system and at the tap; (3) tribal source water protection program support; tribal operator certification program support; (4) tribal capacity development program support; and (5) assistance to tribes in administration of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Grants to identify health effects associated with drinking water contaminants.Funding priorities also include providing assistance for the following training and technical assistance activities: (1) training personnel who manage or operate public water systems; (2) training personnel for occupations involving the public health aspects of providing safe drinking water; (3) training to develop and expand the capabilities of states and municipalities to carry out the SDWA; and (4) technical assistance to enable small public water systems to meet the requirements of SDWA.

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.


Program Accomplishments

Competitions are held throughout the year at Headquarters and in the Regions based on available funds and Agency priorities. Competitive announcements typically include the number of anticipated awards. Seven grants were awarded in FY 07 and four grants were awarded in FY 08 in support of drinking water and source water initiatives associated with developing and expanding capabilities of programs to carry out the purposes of the SDWA. In FY 09, it is anticipated that additional support for drinking water and source water initiatives will be provided.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The funds will support research, investigations, studies, demonstrations, and training associated with source water and drinking water.

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved scopes of work, plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.

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

Specific uses and restrictions on funds will be described in detail in the competitive announcements.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Assistance under this program is generally available to States, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S.

(including the District of Columbia); public and private universities and colleges; hospitals; laboratories; public or private nonprofit institutions; and individuals.

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 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, Indian Tribes, universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, and other public and private nonprofit institutions and individuals.

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, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions, and FAR Part 31 for profit makers. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants or principle investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications.

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 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.This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circulars No.

A-102 and No.

A-110.

Application Procedures

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, (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, announcements for competitive funding opportunities 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

For competitive awards, deadlines will be specified in the announcement for the competitive funding opportunity.

Authorization

Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Section 1442, as amended; Public Law 104-182; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 102(2)(F).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 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 40 CFR 30.63 or 40 CFR 31.70, as applicable.

Renewals

None. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements for water surveys, studies, demonstrations, and investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, availability of funds, and Agency policy on the competitive grant process.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

EPA normally funds grants and cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, 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 grant award.

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, equipment, and invention 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," nonfederal 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. 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 OMB Circular No. A-133.

Records

The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 30 (nonprofits and universities) or 40 CFR Part 31 (governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Recipients must keep financial records, including all documents supporting entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes in grants, available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients grants and cooperative agreements records. Recipients must maintain all records until 3 years from the date of submission of final expenditure reports. If questions, such as those raised as a result of audits 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; 68-0107-0-1-304; EPM and
S&T.

Obigations

FY 07 $1,383,418; FY 08 $9,098,778; and FY 09 est. $1,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $600,000/fiscal year; $120,000/fiscal year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surveys, studies, and investigations grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31). Training grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's Regulations for Training Assistance (40 CFR Part 45).

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 information on grant applications and procedures, contact: Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, Mailcode (3903R), Washington, DC 20460. For program information contact: Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Joe A. Jackson, Telephone: (202) 564-3817; Fax: (202) 564-3754; E-mail: jackson.joe-a@epa.gov. Immediate Office - Kimberley Davis, Telephone: (202) 564-4633; Fax: (202) 564-0348; E-mail: roy-davis.kimberley@epa.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Competitive applications and proposals will be selected in accordance with announced criteria.



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