Lead Technical Studies Grants

To fund technical studies to improve methods for detecting and controlling lead-based paint hazards.

Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Studies to developing new class of accurate and user friendly color-based spot test kits for lead in household paint and dust, to assess the impact of building demolition on release of lead contaminated dust, and to develop and validate a precise method for collecting surface dust on a variety of surface types.

Agency - Department of Housing and Urban Development

The Department of Housing and Urban Development's mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. HUD fulfills this mission through high ethical standards, management and accountability, and by forming partnerships with community organizations.

Program Accomplishments

Lead Technical Studies grants have resulted in, for example, improved methods for detecting and controlling lead-based paint hazards, including methods for lead sampling and analysis, such as a protocol for measuring lead in soil using portable X-ray fluorescence analyzers, and an evaluation of various methods for addressing lead contaminated soils.

Uses and Use Restrictions

For fiscal year 2008, potential applicants should consult the General Section of the NOFA for available grant funding, particular requirements and restrictions, and application due dates.

The applications for this NOFA can be found at www.grants.gov.

The application is an electronic application.

You must be registered at www.grants.gov to submit your application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Academic, not-for-profit and for-profit institutions located in the U.S.

(for-profit firms are not allowed to profit from the project), State and local governments, and Federally-recognized Indian Tribes in the United States.

Federal agencies and Federal employees are not eligible to apply for this program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Homeowners, rental property owners, and public housing residents in housing with lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State, local and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments and specific requirements of 24 CFR Part 85. Costs will be determined for nonprofit and educational institutions in accordance with OMB Circulars No. A-122 and No. A-21, respectively, and in accordance with the requirements of 24 CFR Part 84.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

The competitive Notification of Funding Availability (NOFA) for fiscal year 2008 Lead Technical Studies Grants provides information about the application procedure. All grants must be submitted electronically, via www.grants.gov, unless a waiver from electronic submission is received. Copies of the NOFA and required forms can be obtained at Grants.gov. Other relevant information can be found at HUD's website, www.hud.gov, or the Office's website, www.hud.gov/offices/lead. For questions related to the application process, e-mail Support@grants.gov, call grants.gov at 800-518-GRANTS or via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Award Procedures

HUD's review and awarding procedures are explained in the NOFA.


To be considered for funding, the application should be submitted electronically through www.grants.gov no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on July 3, 2008, the date and time specified in the 2008 NOFA. Applications for waivers from the electronic submission must be submitted as specified in the General Section. Announcements regarding availability of funding were published in the Federal Register on May 12, 2008.


Housing and Community Development Act of 1992, Title X, Public Law 102-550; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, Public Law 110-5.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time






Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Lead Technical Studies grants are awarded up to 36 months after the date of award. HUD reserves the right to approve no cost time extensions for a period not to exceed 12 months. Payment is on a cost-reimbursable basis.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly financial management and performance reports are required of participating jurisdictions.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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.


For State, local and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, as required by OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State, Local, and Federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments." For nonprofit and educational institutions, as required by OMB Circular A-110, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations."

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $3,499,997; FY 08 est $2,200,000; and FY 09 est $2,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The total amount to be awarded is approximately $2 million. The anticipated amounts and/or numbers of individual awards will be approximately 3 to 5 awards, ranging from approximately $200,000 to no more than $1,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

The Notice of Funding Availability and Application Kit are self-contained; all necessary information is provided; no other regulations pertain. For Hazard Control Grants, there is some change in the content and direction of the NOFA that is issued each year, dependent on SuperNOFA format, Congressional direction, changes in emphasis among priorities, and improvements based on experience with prior NOFAs.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Dr. Robert F. Weisberg, Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control, 451 7th Street, S.W., Room 8236, Washington, DC 20410. E-mail: Robert.F.Weisberg@hud.gov. Telephone: (202) 402-7687 (this is not a toll-free number). If you are a hearing- or speech-impaired person, you may reach the above telephone number via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

For Fiscal Year 2008 HUD will use the technical and financial selection criteria listed in the NOFA.

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