Environmental Protection Consolidated Grants for the Insular Areas Program Support

The consolidated program support grant is an alternative assistance delivery mechanism which allows an Insular Territory responsible for continuing pollution control programs to develop an integrated approach to pollution control.

An agency eligible for assistance for two or more pollution control
programs may consolidate its assistance requests into a single application and receive a single consolidated award in an effort to reduce administrative and application costs.

The consolidated grants program does not represent funding in addition to grants provided under individual authorities, but merely represents the amount of consolidation taking place within the Agency's total grant appropriations.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: To provide technical and managerial support in relation to our consolidated environmental program grants for the protection of public health and welfare in the Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (hereinafter referred to as "Insular Areas.") Funding priorities for the fiscal year include: (1) Clean and Safe Water: (a) Safe Drinking Water - To provide on-site technical assistance, training, funding towards building capacity at water utilities and environmental protection agencies, and addressing funding shortages for drinking water infrastructure improvements.

We will work with DOI's Office of Insular Affairs and other federal agencies to explore ways of addressing the growing gap between available federal funding and the capital needs for sound infrastructure (b) Clean Water - To provide on-site technical assistance, training, funding, capacity building to utilities and environmental agencies for construction of wastewater treatment facilities; to assist government agencies in the development of surveillance, monitoring, and enforcement programs for streams, lakes, marine water, marine sediment, and coral reef protection through our comprehensive Watershed Management program that protects human health and the environment.

(2) Preserve Land: To provide on-site technical assistance, training, and information exchange with other governments and international agencies to establish a regional recycling program that would reduce waste and the need for landfill area and eliminate possible incineration; to continue to inspections and establish training to prevent petroleum releases by working with environmental agencies, utilities, and Department of Defense by instituting comprehensive training, inspection, and on scene coordination concerning emergency responses.

(3) Health Communities and Ecosystems: Reduce chemical and biological risks - To provide on-site technical assistance, training, capacity building, funding to eliminate the exposure to hazardous and nonhazardous chemicals, toxic waste, and pesticides for the protection of public health and the environment.

Assist government with the removal and remediation of toxic and pesticide wastes; eliminate the illegal importation and improper use of pesticides; promote sustainable development; provide an information exchange and partnership for the utilization of international treaties regarding the transport and disposal of hazardous materials and waste.

(4) Compliance and Environmental Stewardship: To provide on-site technical assistance, training, capacity building, and funding to continue to establish and develop key partnerships with territorial government agencies and federal agencies for enforcement issues concerning land based pollution, illegal toxic releases, and protection of the marine environment.

As a result of EPA's continuing leadership and on-site assistance, the territorial governments look to EPA as a leader for all issues concerning environmental management and protection.
Examples of Funded Projects

Projects have been funded which combined as few as two to several eligible programs.

Environmental program grants are awarded annually to Insular Area agencies which consolidate a number of different program funds.

In FY04 a grant was awarded to a territorial utility agency which consolidated grant funds to support a water resources master plan project.


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 Region 2 Contact: Victor M.Trinidad, Chief, Environmental Management Branch, EPA Region 2, Caribbean Environmental Protection Division, Centro Europa Building, Suite 417, 1492 Ponce de Leon Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-4127; Telephone: (787) 977-5870; Fax: (787) 729-7747; EPA Region 9 Contacts: Guam: Alba Espitia,Grants Management Specialist,Grants Management Office (PMD-7), U. S. EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105; Telephone: (415) 972-3667; Fax: (415) 947-3556; E-mail: espitia.alba@epa.gov; CNMI and American Samoa: Renee Chan,Grants Management Specialist, Grants Management Office (PMD-7),U. S. EPA Region 9, 75 Hawthorne St., San Francisco, CA 94105; Telephone: (415) 972-3675; Fax: 415-947-3556; E-mail: chan.renee@epa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Guam Environmental Protection Agency $ 5,871,084   2003-10-012009-03-31
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Program Accomplishments

Island environmental agencies have significantly bolstered water, air, RCRA, superfund, and pesticides programs through the consolidated grants. The grants have allowed island governments to focus on environmental results without being overly burdened by administering multiple smaller grants.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants and cooperative agreements are awarded to Insular Area agencies under the above referenced authorities to provide technical and managerial support in relation to continuing environmental program grants that serve to protect the public health and welfare of the Insular Areas.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to receive and administer funds for more than one environmental program.

For certain competitive funding opportunities under this description, the Agency may limit eligibility to a particular subset of eligible ap