In Fiscal Years 2007 and 2008, the EPA Brownfields Program awarded cooperative agreements to a variety of eligible entities and nonprofit organizations to provide local residents with the skills needed to gain employment in careers related to the assessment and cleanup of brownfields sites.
These cooperative agreements included training and instruction in a variety of subjects, including: OSHA health and safety training, HAZWOPER and HAZMAT certification, lead and asbestos abatement, forklift operations, phytoremediation, mold remediation, site assessment, sampling, field investigation, instrumentation, and treatment technologies.
Furthermore, these cooperative agreements provided brownfields job training programs the funds needed to perform recruitment and community outreach to residents in low-income and minority neighborhoods impacted by brownfields sites.
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.
To date, EPA has funded 131 brownfields job training grants totaling approximately $25 million. In FY 07, EPA received thirty-eight proposals and awarded twelve new cooperative agreements. In FY 08, EPA received 38 proposals and awarded thirteen new cooperative agreements. It is anticipated that 12 to 13 cooperative agreements will be awarded for FY 09. As of spring 2008, more than 4,200 people had completed training; and more than 2,700 obtained employment in the environmental field with an average starting hourly wage of $13.97.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds awarded under Section 104(k)(6) of CERCLA must be used for training, research, and technical assistance to individuals and organizations, to facilitate the inventory of brownfields properties, site assessments, cleanup of brownfields properties, community involvement, or site preparation.
However, for brownfields job training grants, individuals are not eligible to apply.
(See "Eligibility Requirements").
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to eligible entities throughout the United States.
However, eligible applicants must propose to serve a community that currently receives, or has received, financial assistance for brownfields assessment, revolving loan fund, cleanup, State or tribal site-specific response program work, and/or targeted brownfield assessment grants.
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: http://geodata.epa.gov.
Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' eligible and allowable direct costs incurred under an approved work plan plus allowable programmatic costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations.
Costs incurred under CERCLA 104(k)(6) grant or cooperative agreements may not be used for an administrative cost, penalty or fine, a Federal cost-share requirement, a response cost for which the recipient of the grant or cooperative agreement is potentially liable under CERCLA 107, or the cost of complying with a Federal law, with the exception of the costs of laws applicable to cleanup of Brownfields sites.
Proposals will be accepted from either eligible governmental entities as defined in CERCLA Section 104(k)(1) or eligible nonprofit organizations as defined in Public Law 106-107, the Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act.
Eligible governmental entities include a general purpose local unit of government; a land clearance authority or other quasi-governmental entity that operates under the supervision and control of, or as an agent of, a general purpose unit of government; a governmental entity created by a State legislature; a regional council or group of general purpose units of local government; a redevelopment agency that is chartered or otherwise sanctioned by a State; an Indian Tribe (other than in Alaska), or an Alaskan Native Regional Corporation and an Alaska Native Village Corporation as those terms are defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C.
1601 and following); and the Metlakatla Indian Community.
Intertribal consortia, except consortia comprised of ineligible Alaskan tribes, are eligible to apply as well.
Eligible nonprofit organizations include any corporation, trust, association, cooperative, or other organization that is operated mainly for scientific, educational, service, charitable, or similar purpose in the public interest; is not organized primarily for profit; and uses net proceeds to maintain, improve, or expand the operation of the organization.
Workforce Investment Boards that meet these criteria may be eligible nonprofit organizations.
Public and nonprofit private educational institutions are eligible to apply.
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.
For-profit or proprietary training organizations or trade schools are not eligible to apply.
Evidence of current nonprofit status under Federal, state or tribal law must be provided at the time the proposal is submitted.
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.
Applicants that received a Brownfields Job Training grant from EPA in Fiscal Year 2008 (announced March 2008) are not eligible to apply in FY 09.
A list of brownfields job training grants awarded in Fiscal Year 2008 can be found on the Brownfields Website, http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/pilot.htm#previous.
However, applicants who received a brownfields job training grant in or before FY 07 are eligible to apply for this competition.
Applicants must also demonstrate that their proposed project will not duplicate other federally-funded job training programs in their target area.
For example, applicants must demonstrate that the proposed training project does not duplicate National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences hazardous waste worker training programs in their target community.
If an applicant is listed as a recipient of an NIEHS job training grant, the applicant must demonstrate how services under this proposed project will complement but not duplicate existing federal job training activities in the target community and area.
All applicants must also include OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training as part of their proposed training curriculums.
All curriculums must include this training and be provided to all individuals entering training.
Please visit the following website for more details: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/.
Job training grants will provide environmental job training and help individuals of brownfields neighborhoods take advantage of job opportunities created as a result of the assessment and cleanup of brownfields properties. In addition, this program benefits industry by increasing the supply of skilled labor for firms that engage in environmental assessment and cleanup.
EPA requires that applicants document their nonprofit status at the time of application. The Agency may also request that applicants demonstrate that they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in fields, and necessary equipment to carry out training projects.
Aplication and Award Process
This is a competitive grant program.
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" in Section 7 of the Application Guidelines for Brownfields Job Training Grants.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
(See EPA's Federal Register Notice from November 26, 1986, to exempt hazardous waste training programs from intergovernmental review.)
By statute, EPA must award Brownfields Job Training grants competitively. EPA will specify application procedures in Requests for Initial Proposals or Request for Applications. As stipulated in the Requests for Applications, successful grant applicants must provide, in addition to the SF 424, a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which is now required when applying for federal grants or cooperative agreements on or after October 1, 2003. For more information go to: http://www.grants.gov. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreements Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
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. Final approval of applications for job training grants and supporting documentation is made by EPA. Award of grant funds are made by EPA Regional Award Officials.
Proposal deadlines for selection of job training grant projects are announced in Requests for Initial Proposals and/or Requests for Applications. The FY 09 Request for Applications is anticipated to be issued in June 2008 and the closing date will follow approximately 45-60 days following the issuing date.
The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 9604(k)(6), Sections 101(39) and 104(k)6).
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
For job training grants, the range of approval/disapproval time will be approximately ninety days.
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.
EPA may incrementally fund grants and cooperative agreements under this program. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities and availability of funds. Renewals and extensions of funding are not available.
Formula and Matching Requirements
For the Brownfields Job Training Grant, EPA does not require that applicants include a match or cost share. However, evidence of leveraged funds is encouraged. Furthermore, a statutory factor in ranking applications under Section 104(k)(6) is the extent to which EPA financial assistance will stimulate the availability of other funds for environmental assessment or remediation, and subsequent reuse of Brownfields sites. Applicants may be encouraged to provide information regarding resources (cash/in-kind services) that they, or a project partner, would commit to efforts receiving EPA financial assistance. EPA may take these commitments into account in ranking proposals. This program has no statutory formula.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The performance period for job training grant funds is generally two years. Brownfield grant cooperative agreements may be amended to provide additional funding and additional time for grant recipients demonstrating significant success in brownfields training and redevelopment efforts depending upon the availability of funding. Proposal funding is not guaranteed at any stage of the proposal process until the Cooperative Agreement, including workplan, is completed and the final award is made. All awards are made in a lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
Reporting requirements are identified at 40 CFR Parts 30 and 31.
EPA may include additional information regarding the content and frequency of reporting requirements in the terms and conditions of the agreements.
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.
The record retention requirements of 40 CFR Part 30 (non-profits and universities) or 40 CFR Part 31 (governmental units) are applicable depending upon the identity of the recipient. Financial records, including all documents to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate changes 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 as a result of audit, related records must be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
FY 07 $2,342,813; FY 08 $2,597,050; and FY 09 est $2,500,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
(FY 07) $171,250 to $200,000; average $195,234. (FY 08) $197,051 to $200,000; average $199,773. For job training grants, an eligible entity may apply up to $200,000. The performance period for these grants is generally 2 years.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
For job training grants, costs must be in accordance with OMB Circulars Nos. A-87 (State, tribal and local governments), A-21 (universities) and A-122 (nonprofit organizations), depending on the recipient. Recipients must comply with 40 CFR Part 30 for universities and nonprofit organizations, and Part 31 for states, tribes, and local governments. In addition, recipients must comply with applicable provisions of EPA training grant regulations at 40 CFR Part 45. EPA will also provide applicants with guidance on statutory prohibitions on the use of grant and cooperative agreement funds in Requests for Initial Proposals, Requests for Applications, or by other means.
Regional or Local Office
EPA Regional Offices are listed in Section 7 in the Application Guidelines for Brownfields Job Training Grants.
For program information contact: Office of Brownfields and Land Revitalization, OSWER, EPA, Washington, DC 20460, Joseph Bruss, Telephone: (202) 566-2772, Fax: (202) 566-1476, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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