Solid Waste Management Assistance Grants

To promote use of integrated solid waste management systems to solve solid waste generation and management problems at the local, regional and national levels.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2008: Partnerships - Establishing and developing partnerships with states, local governments and other
non profit organizations to assist them in advancing their waste management programs, including recycling and reduction of wastes, appropriate management of wastes that are generated, and developing integrated waste management plans.

Education and Outreach - Developing and providing education, training, and outreach materials to educate and inform Americans about waste's impact on resource and energy use and pollution.

Fostering a better understanding of the environmental ramifications of collective actions including how individual purchasing and manufacturing decisions are connected to the environment and to enable Americans to make better choices resulting in increased recycling, less waste and greater energy savings.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Conference to provide a national forum for tribal governments to disseminate environmental program training and to interact with federal partners; (2) Conduct outreach to state purchasers, educate them about the guidelines established in January 2002, and encourage them to formally adopt product stewardship purchasing criteria into their state purchasing contracts for carpet; (3) Challenge the electronics industry to design products that meet new, peer reviewed design principles and recycling strategies; (4) Develop and implement a mercury containing lamp recycling outreach program; (5) Increase public awareness of mercury containing lamp recycling and access to resource information; (6) Foster information sharing among State regulatory programs with varying regulatory approaches and experiences and in differing stages of maturity.

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 - Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, 45 projects were awarded. The estimate of projects for fiscal year 2008 is about the same. Quantifiable data on the number and ratio of past applications not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Available for the allowable direct cost expenditures incident to program performance plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institution, in accordance with established EPA policies.

Projects can include the following types of activities: training, surveys, education materials and programs, studies, and demonstrations; assistance to such projects shall not include any element of construction, or any acquisition of land or interest in land, or any subsidy for the price of recovered resources.

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:

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands), local, Tribal, interstate, and intrastate government agencies and instrumentalities; and nonprofit organizations that are not 501(c)(4) organizations that lobby, including nonprofit educational institutions and nonprofit hospitals.

Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible.

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.

Additionally, EPA may limit competition under this CFDA to Tribes and Inter-Tribal Consortia.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, U.S. territories and possessions, the public, and interstate agencies.


This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87. Nonprofits need to provide proof of their status.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Discussion with EPA Headquarters or the appropriate EPA Regional Office is advisable.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog for list of Regional Contacts).

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.

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.

Application Procedures

The standard application form as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A 102 must be used for this program. Requests for application forms and submission of completed applications should be directed to EPA Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division (3903R), Washington, DC 20460, or the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circulars No. A 110 and No. A102. Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.

Award Procedures

EPA reviews each application. They shall be subjected to administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and program evaluation criteria to determine the merit and relevance of the project. 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.


Varies from region to region. Contact appropriate Regional Office for details.


Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, as amended; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended; Public Law 94-580, 42 U.S.C. 6901 et seq. Amending laws for SWDA and RCRA: Public Law 98-616, Public Law 99-339, Public Law 99-499.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 180 days.


Assistance agreement competition-related disputes will be resolved in accordance with the dispute resolution procedures published in 70 FR 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.


None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted, which will be reviewed in the same manner as a new application.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program does not have a statutory formula for distributing funds or statutory cost share requirement. As a matter of policy, EPA requires a minimum 5 percent cost share when the Agency funds grantees for more than one year. This requirement does not apply to the first year's funding. The Agency may waive the requirement in subsequent years on a case by case basis.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants will normally be funded on a 12 month basis (yearly). The total approved project period is generally no longer than 3 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly interim and final progress, expenditure, equipment and invention reports.


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 Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal 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. 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 OMB Circular No. A-133.


Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained until expiration of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report. If questions still remain, such as those raised during the three year project period as a result of an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $2,700,601; FY 08 $3,000,000; and FY 09 est $3,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

(Fiscal year 2007) $4,000 to $940,000; $67,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

General Grant Regulations and Procedures, Environmental Protection Agency (40 CFR Parts 30, 31 and 33); "EPA Assistance Administration Manual," available from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161, on a subscription basis.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Individuals are encouraged to communicate with the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

For information concerning grant applications and procedures, contact the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903F, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 260-9266. For general information on Solid Waste Management Assistance grants, please contact Nick Vizzone, at EPA/OSWER/OSW/CIRMD Mail Code 5305W, Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (703) 308-8460. Fax: (703) 308-7904. E-mail:

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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