Protection of Children and Older Adults (Elderly) from Environmental Health Risks

To support efforts by organizations; educational institutions; and/or State, local, and tribal governmental agencies to establish or enhance their ability to take actions that will reduce environmental risks to the health of children or the aging (elderly) population.

Funding Priority - Fiscal
Year 2009: Support efforts to: (1) Support efforts to promote healthy home, school, and child care environments; (2) Build state, local, and tribal government capacity to address environmental health risks to children and older adults; (3) Educate health practitioners on environmental risks to children; (4) Implement a National Agenda for the Environment and the Aging to protect the health of older persons, prepare for an aging society, and encourage civic engagement among older adults; (5) Protect children and older adults from environmental hazards in local communities through civic engagement, demonstration projects, and other community capacity building activities; (6) Conduct environmental health tracking as it relates to older persons at the state level; (7) Protect children and older adults internationally from environmental health risks; (8) Demonstrate how smart growth activities can promote healthy communities for older adults and children; (9) Reduce environmental risks to children and older adults through intergenerational activities; (10) Educate women of childbearing age and their health care providers about preventing and reducing environmental health risks; (11) reduce environmental health disparities; (12) Educate older adults to be environmental leaders in their community and train other elders to be leaders and educate children and older adults about the importance of environmental stewardship and health; (13) Support efforts to address climate change and its effects on the health of children and older adults; (14) Support efforts to increase understanding of the relationship between the environment and children"s health and development.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2008: There were no projects awarded funding in FY 2008 though projects awarded in past years were ongoing.

The following are examples of programs funded in the past: Develop training tools to educate older Americans about environmental hazards in their communities.

Training, innovation, outreach, and educational projects to protect the health of older adults and the environment.

Public education materials to inform older persons about environmental hazards that affect health and the environment.

Increase capacity of state legislators to deal effectively with children"s environmental health issues at the state level.

Build health professional capacity to address pediatric environmental health issues.

Increase intergenerational cooperation to improve environmental health in urban and rural communities.

Support the ability of schools to manage chemicals in a safe and effective manner.

Demonstration projects to dispose of unwanted medications in a prudent manner.

Build capacity with women of childbearing age and health professionals to address environmental health issues during pregnancy.

Fiscal Year 2009: NA.

Fiscal Year 2010: NA.


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.


Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2008: Developed tools for organizations to work across generations to protect children"s health from environmental risks; supported international effort to develop children"s environmental health indicators; increased the capacity of health care providers to identify, prevent and manage environmentally-related illnesses in children in United States and around the world; increased the capacity of prenatal health care providers and pregnant women to reduce environmental exposures to the developing fetus; increased state capacity to measure environmentally-related illnesses in older adults; increased state, local and tribal capacity to address environmental toxicants that can affect the health of older adults; developed multicultural leaders in the field of environment and aging; and successfully piloted environmental intergenerational projects in urban and rural settings (including projects that taught youth and elders about acid mine drainage and water quality monitoring; organic farming, solar energy and agribusiness; indoor air quality including mold and toxic cleaning products; e-cycling business; integrated pest management and the growth and migration of monarch butterflies). Fiscal Year 2009: Data on the number and ratio of applications for FY 09: Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging: Training and Demonstration Projects - 76 applications received, 2 awards made. Fiscal Year 2010: NA.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients" allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, investigations, and special purpose assistance, 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.

Funds awarded under Section 311(b)(3) of CERCLA must be used for projects relating to innovative or alternative treatment technologies that may be utilized in response actions to achieve more permanent protection of human health and welfare and the environment.

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

State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals): Environment (water, air, solid waste, pesticides, radiation).

Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Environment (water, air, solid waste, pesticides, radiation).

Federally Recognized lndian Tribal Governments: Environment (water, air, solid waste, pesticides, radiation).

U.S.

Territories and possessions (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Environment (water, air, solid waste, pesticides, radiation).

Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals): Environment (water, air, solid waste, pesticides, radiation)

Beneficiary Eligibility

State; Local; Public nonprofit institution/organization; Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments; U.S. Territories; Private nonprofit institution/organization

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 Child and Aging Health Protection Division within the Office of Children"s Health Protection and Environmental Education may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. 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.

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.

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, "Application for Federal Assistance." 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, the 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. Applicant eligibility: Assistance under this program is generally available to States or state agencies, territories, the District of Columbia, American Indian Tribes (federally recognized), and possessions of the U.S. It is also available to public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations. 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 profit organizations are generally not eligible for funding. Some of EPA"s statutes may limit assistance to specific types of interested applications. See "Authorization" listed above. 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.

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

Clean Air Act, Section 103; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Section 311; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 1442; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001; Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, Section 203; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Clean Water Act, Section 104.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days. 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 surveys, studies, and investigations. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to the Child and Aging Health Protection Division"s program priorities, and the availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula. EPA"s Appropriation Act requires that applicants submitting unsolicited research grant proposals share in the cost of conducting research. The amount of the cost share will be based on the mutuality of interest between the Government and the applicant. This requirement cannot be waived by EPA. In addition, CERCLA Section 311(b)(3) requires that "to the maximum extent possible," EPA enter into an appropriate cost sharing arrangement with recipients of grants and cooperative agreements relating to innovative and alternative treatment technologies. EPA may waive the Section 311(b)(3) cost-sharing requirement in appropriate cases. Matching funds requirements may be established in program guidance or in the terms of competitive solicitations.

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, the Child and Aging Health Protection Division of the Office of Children"s Health Protection and Environmental Education can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. EPA limits project periods to five (5) years. Grants and cooperative agreements may be incrementally funded or fully funded. This determination is made by EPA. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Quarterly progress reports are required to be sent to the EPA Project Officer within 30 days after each reporting period.

These reports will cover work status, work progress, difficulties encountered, preliminary data results and a statement of activity anticipated during the subsequent reporting period, including a description of equipment, techniques, and materials to be used or evaluated.

The report shall also include any changes of key personnel concerned with the project.

Quarterly progress reports are required to be sent to the EPA Project Officer within 30 days after each reporting period.

A discussion of expenditures along with a comparison of the percentage of the project completed to the project schedule and an explanation of significant discrepancies shall be included in the report.

The EPA Project Officer is required to conduct baseline monitoring of each active award.

For awards with original project periods 18 month or less in duration, the initial baseline monitoring will take place no later than six months from the award date.

For awards with original project periods greater than 18 months in duration, the initial baseline monitoring will take place no later than 1 year from the award date.

After the initial baseline monitoring, all subsequent baseline monitoring will occur within 12 months of the last baseline or advanced monitoring activity.

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. 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

The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 30 (nonprofits and institutions of higher education) 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 which support substantial changes to the grant, available to personnel authorized to examine EPA recipients" grants and cooperative agreement records. Recipient must maintain all records for a period of three years from the date of submission of final expenditures 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 fully resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 08 $0; FY 09 est $200,000; FY 10 est $1,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range - $10,000 to $150,000 per grant. Average - $100,000 per grant (2 year grants).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Surveys, studies, and investigations grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA general grant regulations (40 CFR Part 30, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations," and 40 CFR Part 31, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments"). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and federally recognized tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions, and FAR Part 31 for "for profit" entities.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Martha Shimkin Child and Aging Health Protection Division
Office of Children"s Health Protection and Environmental Education
]USEPA; Mail Code: 1107A
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: shimkin.martha@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-4407

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Non-competitive proposals are judged for: (a) technical merit in terms of: (1) strengths and weaknesses of the project, (2) adequacy of overall project design, (3) competency of proposed staff, (4) suitability of applicant"s available resources, (5) appropriateness of the proposed project period and budget, and (6) probability that the project will accomplish stated objectives; and, for (b) program interest in terms of: (1) the need for the proposed project, and (2) relationship to program objectives.



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