Source Reduction Assistance

The goal of the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program is to provide grants that will support pollution prevention/source reduction and/or resource conservation activities.

For purposes of this grant program, pollution prevention is defined as any practice which reduces or eliminates
the creation of pollutants through: increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources, or protection of natural resources by conservation activities.

EPA is interested in funding projects which assist in reducing hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants entering waste streams or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal.

Grant activities may involve, but are not limited to the following: equipment or technology modifications, process or procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, and improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, or inventory control.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: To support source reduction, pollution prevention and resource conservation activities that comply with the statutory authorities of the Clean Air Act, Section 103(b), as amended; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), as amended; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442 (a)(1) and (c), as amended; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a), as amended; and Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended.

Please Note: Projects must consist of activities within the statutory terms of these EPA grant authorities.

The statutes authorize grants for the following activities: "research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations of new or innovative techniques, surveys and studies." These activities relate generally to the gathering or transferring of information or advancing awareness.

Applicants should emphasize in their grant proposal's this "learning" concept, as opposed to "fixing" an environmental problem using a well-established method.

For example, a proposal to install a more energy efficient heating system in the applicant's facility in order to conserve energy, would not, in itself fall within research, studies, demonstrations, etc.

All activities in the proposal must be eligible under one or more of the statutory authorities.erring of information or advancing awareness.

Applicants should emphasize in their grant proposal's this "learning" concept, as opposed to "fixing" an environmental problem using a well-established method.

For example, a proposal to install a more energy efficient heating system in the applicant's facility in order to conserve energy, would not, in itself fall within research, studies, demonstrations, etc.

All activities in the proposal must be eligible under one or more of the statutory authorities.

The term pollution prevention/source reduction, for purposes of the SRA grant program, refers to any practice that reduces the amount of any hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal; and reduces the hazards to public health and the environment associated with the release of such substances, pollutants, or contaminants.

The term "resource conservation," for purposes of the Source Reduction Assistance notice, is defined as preventing pollution, promoting reuse of materials, reducing the use of toxic chemicals, and/or conserving energy and materials.
Examples of Funded Projects

The following text provides examples of SRA awards funded in FY '07: EPA Funding: $40,000.

The recipient will provide technical assistance on less-toxic cleaning practices to K-12 schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

EPA Funding: $84,860.

The recipient will work to increase methane recovery from natural gas production and reduce fugitive emissions in the states of West Virginia and Virginia.

EPA Funding: $42,553.

The recipient will develop a P2 student internship program to assist businesses implement P2 projects.

EPA Funding: $39,804.

The recipient will document, calculate and publicly recognize the environmental benefits of reducing the use of fertilizers and pesticides.

EPA Funding: $51,782.

The recipient will provide P2 technical assistance to manufactures in Minnesota.

EPA Funding: $30,000.

The recipient will provide technical assistance to high schools to produce biodiesel to be used in school vehicles.


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 - U. S. EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT),1 Congress Street, Suite 1100 - Room 2203, Mail Code: SPP, Boston, MA 02114-2023; Contact: Robert Guillemin, phone: (617) 918-1814; fax: (617) 918-1810 email: guillemin.robert@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, U. S. Virgin Islands), Mail Code: SPMMB,290 Broadway 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866, Contact: Alex Peck, phone: (212) 637-3758; fax: (212) 637-3771; email: peck.alex@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, D.C.), Mail Code: 3E100, 1650 Arch Street,Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029 ,Contact: Evelyn Velaquez, phone: (215) 814-5412; fax: (215) 814-3274, email: velazquez.evelyn@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN), Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street S.W.

Atlanta, GA 30303, Contact: Pamela Swingle: phone: (404) 562-8482; fax: (404) 562-9066, email: swingle.pamela@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Mail Code, DW-8J, 77 West Jackson Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60604-3590; Contacts: Phil Kaplan, phone: (312) 866-4669; fax: (312) 353-4788, email: kaplan.phil@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), Mail Code: 6EN-XP, 1445 Ross Ave.Suite 1200,Dallas, TX 75202, David Bond, phone: (214) 665-6431; fax: (214) 665-7446, email: bond.david@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), Mail Code: ARTD/TSPP, 901 N.

5th Street,Kansas City, KS 66101, Contacts: Chilton (Chet) McLaughlin, phone: (913) 551-7666; fax: (913) 551-7065, email: mclaughlin.chilton@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY), Mail Code: 8P-P3T, 999 18th Street, Suite 300,Denver, CO 80202-2466,Contact: Linda Walters, phone: (303) 312-6385; fax: (303) 312-6044, email: walters.linda@epa.gov.

U. S. EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and Pacific Islands and Tribal Nations subject to U. S. law), Mail Code WST-7, 75 Hawthrone Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, Contacts: Jessica Counts, phone: 415-972-3288; email: counts.jessica@epa.gov.

John Katz, phone: (415) 972-3283; email: katz.john@epa.gov, fax: (415) 947-3530.

U. S. EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA), Mail Code: 01-085, 1200 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101, Contacts: Carolyn Gangmark, phone: (206) 553-4072; email: gangmark.carolyn@epa.gov.

Robert Drake, phone: (206) 553-4803; email: drake.robert@epa.gov, fax: (206) 553-8338.


Program Accomplishments

In FY 07, EPA's Regional P2 Program offices received approximately 80 proposals and issued approximately 31 awards to support pollution prevention/source reduction/resource conservation activities. EPA anticipates similar results in FY 08.

Uses and Use Restrictions

EPA is interested in supporting pollution prevention, source reduction and resource conservation projects that will provide an overall benefit to the environment by preventing pollutants at the source.

Source reduction projects can include but are not limited to: 1) improving facility and institutional operations that reduce pollutant use and exposure, 2) reformulating and procuring products to reduce toxic constituents, 3) providing direct technical assistance to businesses and other organizations, 4) encouraging green product design and manufacturing, 5) conducting outreach, 6) collecting and analyzing data, and 7) integrating pollution prevention concepts into state, regional and tribal environmental multimedia programs.

Grant activities must be consistent with the grant guidelines of the statutory authorities listed for this program.

The statutory authorities are listed in this CFDA announcement and in the SRA grant solicitation.

The statutes authorize grants for the following activities: "research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations of new or innovative techniques, surveys and studies." These activities relate generally to the gathering or transferring of information or advancing the state of knowledge.

Grant proposals should emphasize this "learning" concept, as opposed to "fixing" an environmental problem via a well-established method.

For example, a proposal to install a more energy efficient heating system in the applicant's facility in order to conserve energy, would not, in itself fall within research, studies, demonstrations, etc.

All activities in the proposal must be eligible under one or more of the statutory authorities listed.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Assistance under this program is available to the fifty States, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, Federally-recognized tribal governments, non-profits other than institutions of higher education private institutions of higher education, and community-based grassroots organizations.

Nonprofit organizations must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible through documentation of nonprofit status provided the U.S.

Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation.

However, 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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Any State, Federally-recognized Tribal government, Intertribal Consortia, college/university, non-profit organization, local government or independent school district.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A 87 for State and local governments and federally recognized tribal governments, OMB Circular No. A 21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A 122 for nonprofit institutions. 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 principal 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.

Standard grant forms are required, as provided by the EPA and must be used for this program.

Forms may be obtained via the Internet by visiting: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/application.htm.

Please consult the Source Reduction Assistance program notice, posted to EPA's Pollution Prevention Grant web site at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/p2home/grants/index.htm for more information.

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.

If the applicant does not know who their Single Point of Contact is, they should contact the appropriate EPA Regional Pollution Prevention Program office listed in the Information Contacts section, or call the EPA Headquarters Grant Policy Information and Training Branch at 202-564-5325.

Federally-recognized Tribal governments are not required to comply with this procedure.

Application Procedures

This CFDA program description is designed to benefit national and regional source reduction, pollution prevention, and resource conservation activities. Grant proposals must meet the requirements outlined in the national and regional Source Reduction Assistance solicitation notices. EPA will conduct the grant competition by posting a Request for Proposals (RFP) on-line. 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. Source Reduction Assistance grants and cooperative agreements are subject to the availability of funds. EPA will issue awards contingent upon the criteria specified in this CFDA program description and within the corresponding solicitations. EPA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and issue no awards. Procedures for awards are outlined in the General Grant Regulation 40 CFR Part 30.

Deadlines

Grant proposals are due to the applicable regional office by June 9, 2008. Headquarters will not conduct a grant competition in FY '08.

Authorization

Clean Air Act, Section 103 (b), as amended; Clean Water Act, Section 104 (b) (3), as amended; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442 (b) (3) (c), as amended; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a), as amended; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended; Executive Order 13148 - Greening the Government Through Leadership in Environmental Management, April 21, 2000; Executive Order 13101- Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling, and Federal Acquisition, September 14, 1998; and Executive Order 12873 Federal Acquisition, Recycling and Waste Prevention, October 20, 1993.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 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.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program does not have a statutory formula. However, EPA requires a minimum 5% match of the total allowable project cost. For example, the Federal government will provide 95% of the total allowable cost of the project and the recipient will provide the remaining 5%. The match may be issued in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions, e.g., donated services, charges for real property and equipment or the value of goods and services directly benefiting the EPA funded project.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance agreements are awarded for a project period not to exceed 2 years. Funds are released by a letter of credit.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Uniform reporting requirements for institutions of higher education and other non- profit organizations.

The recipient and the Grant Project Officer will develop a process for jointly evaluating and reporting progress and accomplishments under the work plan.

The work plans and reporting must be consistent with the requirements of 40 CFR Part 30, Subpart C.

A description of the evaluation process and a reporting schedule must be included in the work plan (see sections 30.51 through 30.53).

The reporting schedule requires the recipient to submit, at a minimum, annual progress reports, during the life of the project, to the Grant Project Officer.

Recipients should provide discussion of accomplishments as measured against work plan commitments; a discussion of cumulative effectiveness of the work performed under all work plan components; a discussion of existing and potential problem areas; and suggestions for improvement, including where feasible, schedules for making improvements.

If evaluation reveals the recipient has not made sufficient progress under the work plan, the Grant Project Officer and the recipient will negotiate a resolution.

The recipient may request a review of the Grant Project Officer's decision under the dispute resolution process under (40 CFR 30.63).

Uniform reporting requirement for state, local and tribal governments.

The recipient and the Grant Project Officer will develop a process for jointly evaluating and reporting progress and accomplishments under the work plan.

The work plans and reporting must be consistent with the requirements of 40 CFR 31, subpart C.

A description of the evaluation process and a reporting schedule must be included in the work plan (see sections 31.40 through 30.42).

The reporting schedule requires the recipient to submit, at a minimum, annual progress reports, during the life of the project, to the Grant Project Officer.

Recipients should provide discussion of accomplishments as measured against work plan commitments; a discussion of cumulative effectiveness of the work performed under all work plan components; a discussion of existing and potential problem areas; and suggestions for improvement, including where feasible, schedules for making improvements.

If evaluation reveals the recipient has not made sufficient progress under the work plan, the Grant Project Officer and the recipient will negotiate a resolution that addresses the issues.

If issues cannot be resolved through negotiation, the Grant Project Officer may take appropriate action (see sections 31.43 through 31.44.) The recipient may request a review of the Grant Project Officer's decision under the dispute resolution process under 40 CFR, Part 31, subpart F.

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

Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records to substantiate charges to each assistance agreement, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA assistance agreement accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304 and 68-0103-0-1-304.

Obigations

FY 07 $1,249,076; FY 08 est. $1,600,000; and FY 09: est. $1,600,000. The FY '07 grant totals provided above represent those of seven of EPA's ten Regional P2 Program Offices (i.e., Regions 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8). The FY 08 grant total provided above represents an estimate of the total anticipated funding available. As of this posting, EPA has not yet issued award funding.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range - FY 07: $10,000 - $74,000. Average - FY 07: $60,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

40 CFR Parts 29, 30, 31, 32; and "EPA Assistance Administration Manual," are available from the National Technical Information Services, Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis, Order No.: NTIS UB/031.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

U.S. EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT),1 Congress Street, Suite 1100 - Room 2203, Mail Code: SPP, Boston, MA 02114-2023; Contact: Robert Guillemin, phone: (617) 918-1814; fax: (617) 918-1810 email: guillemin.robert@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, U.S. Virgin Islands), Mail Code: SPMMB,290 Broadway 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866, Contact: Alex Peck, phone: (212) 637-3758; fax: (212) 637-3771; email: peck.alex@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, D.C.), Mail Code: 3E100, 1650 Arch Street,Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029 ,Contact: Evelyn Velaquez, phone: (215) 814-5412; fax: (215) 814-3274, email: velazquez.evelyn@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN), Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303, Contact: Pamela Swingle: phone: (404) 562-8482; fax: (404) 562-9066, email: swingle.pamela@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Mail Code, DW-8J, 77 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-3590; Contacts: Phil Kaplan, phone: (312) 866-4669; fax: (312) 353-4788, email: kaplan.phil@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), Mail Code: 6EN-XP, 1445 Ross Ave.Suite 1200,Dallas, TX 75202, David Bond, phone: (214) 665-6431; fax: (214) 665-7446, email: bond.david@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), Mail Code: ARTD/TSPP, 901 N. 5th Street,Kansas City, KS 66101, Contacts: Chilton (Chet) McLaughlin, phone: (913) 551-7666; fax: (913) 551-7065, email: mclaughlin.chilton@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY), Mail Code: 8P-P3T, 999 18th Street, Suite 300,Denver, CO 80202-2466,Contact: Linda Walters, phone: (303) 312-6385; fax: (303) 312-6044, email: walters.linda@epa.gov. U.S. EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and Pacific Islands and Tribal Nations subject to U.S. law), Mail Code WST-7, 75 Hawthrone Street, San Francisco, CA 94105, Contacts: Jessica Counts, phone: 415-972-3288; email: counts.jessica@epa.gov. John Katz, phone: (415) 972-3283; email: katz.john@epa.gov, fax: (415) 947-3530. U.S. EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA), Mail Code: 01-085, 1200 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA 98101, Contacts: Carolyn Gangmark, phone: (206) 553-4072; email: gangmark.carolyn@epa.gov. Robert Drake, phone: (206) 553-4803; email: drake.robert@epa.gov, fax: (206) 553-8338.

Headquarters Office

Michele Amhaz, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Pollution Prevention Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania, Ave., N.W., (7409-M), Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-8857; Fax: (202) 564-8899; E-mail: amhaz.michele@epa.gov.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The exact evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. rest to states, regions and/or Federally-recognized Tribal governments. Proposals should implement or support a source reduction/pollution prevention project that will provide an overall benefit to the environment by preventing the generation of pollutants at the source, as well as, provide a method to characterize the actual or potential environmental effects of the activity. In addition, state, regional and tribal proposals must demonstrate that projects will promote pollution prevention by addressing an environmental medium (i.e., air, water, and land) and promote sustainable business/facility/institutional practices by addressing state, regional, and/or tribal environmental concerns. Please review the Source Reduction Assistance solicitation notice to EPA's Pollution Prevention Grant web page at http://www.epa.gov/oppt/p2home/grants/index.htm for further instruction.



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