National Community-Based Lead Outreach and Training Grant Program

This lead outreach grant program is supported by EPA's goal to reduce childhood lead poisoning.

The projects support this goal by providing lead poisoning outreach to low income communities.

Funding Priority-Fiscal Year 2008: To support lead outreach activities to identify children's risks
to lead hazards.
Examples of Funded Projects

Examples of funded grants: (1) Lead outreach and training will be delivered to an econmoically disadvantaged urban neighborhood that has been heavily impacted by lead poisoning.

Formal training and seminars, door-to-door home visits, and community events will be provided.

(2) Four low income communities will receive lead awareness, training and infrastructure development.

Lead safe work practices will be taught to painters and remodelers.

Lead awareness will be offered to tenants, homeowners, and service delivery networks.

(3) Three counties will provide outreach materials to educate rental property owners, public health and code officials, realtors, landlords, and others in low in communities.

Training will be offered to rental property owners, public health and code officials, realtors, landlords on lead-safe work practices.

An extensive curriculum on training as well as a model guidebook for local housing lead poisoning prevention ordinances will be developed.

(4) Specialized outreach will be conducted in border communities.

Lead safe work practices training will be provided to workers.

Realtors will receive outreach on lead-related laws and regulations and local requirements.

Specialized training will be provided to local youth and paint apprenticeship programs.

(5) Approximately 280 contractors will attend a one-day joint EPA/HUD Lead Safety for Remodeling, Repair and Painting course in rural communities.

Media outreach on lead poisoning and lead-safe work practices will be provided to more than 4000 consumers and do-it-yourselfers in rural communities at risk for lead poisoning.

More than 50 extension service agents and program specialists will be trained at national conferences.


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 EPA Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.


Program Accomplishments

A total of 80 proposals were received and 15 awards were granted to the top 15 applicants in fiscal year 2007. For Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009, it is anticipated that $2 million will be obligated for this program each year. A total of 50-80 proposals are expected to be received and 6-8 grants are expected to be awarded in Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance may be available for activities which relate to outreach efforts to educate communities about the dangers of children's exposure to lead hazards.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible recipients include national organizations, local governments, community-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, community action agencies, institutions of higher learning, school groups, trainers, and environmental consultants.

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

Local,Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization,Health Professional, Education Professional, Builder/Contractor/Developer, Homeowner,Land/Property Owner, Preschool, Low Income.

Credentials/Documentation

Not applicable.

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

Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA. The following forms must be provided if proposal is submitted via grants.gov: Standard Form 424 (Application for Federal Assistance); Standard Form 424A (Budget Information - Non-Construction Programs). No forms are required to be provided if submitting via mail to the EPA Headquarters contact.

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

Deadline specified in the Request for Proposals. Contact EPA Headquaters for deadline information.

Authorization

The statutory authority for this action is Section 10 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as supplemented by Public Law No. 106-74 and Public Law 105-174 which granted EPA permanent authority to use STAG funds to award grants (other than PPGs) to entities eligible to receive grants under the Agency's organic statutes.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 90 days after the deadline for the proposal.

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

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are expected to be completed within 1 year. Funds are drawn down.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Quarterly reports are due at the end of each quarter.

Financial status reports are due at the end of the grant period.

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 and to substantiate charges to cooperative agreements, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA accounts. All records must be maintained for 3 years from the date of the submission of the annual financial status report, or longer if questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification

68-0108-0-1-304.

Obigations

FY 07 $3,100,000; FY 08 est. $2,000,000; and FY 09 est. $2,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

For FY 07: Lowest Award: $76,925; Highest Award: $250,000; Average Award: $207,802. Applicants may be awarded up to $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

EPA Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments (40 CFR Part 31); Environmental Protection Agency. "EPA Assistance Administration Manual," available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis; Order No. NTIS UB/031.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See EPA Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Darlene Watford, National Program Chemical Division (7404T), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20460-0001; Telephone: (202) 566-0516; Fax: (202) 566-0469; E-mail: watford.darlene@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.



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