Capacity Building Among American Indian Tribes

To address the Tribal public health issues that result from hazardous substances in the environment by: 1) building Tribal environmental health capacity 2) addressing health issues from releases of hazardous substances into the environment, and 3) develop culturally appropriate health education materials
and/or vehicles to engage Tribal community members in public health activities.
Examples of Funded Projects

Funded projects include grants to American Indian Tribal governments to conduct public health activities related to potential human exposures from the Hanford Nuclear reservations.

Examples of funded projects are: Health assessments, health consultations, community involvement and health education.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2001, 9 awards were made. It is estimated that 9 continuation awards will be made in fiscal year 2002 and fiscal year 2003. No new awards are anticipated.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To enhance the Tribes ability to collaborate with Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in conducting public health activities related to potential human exposures from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized American Indian Tribal Governments: Coeur d'Alene Tribe; Coville Confederated Tribes; Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Kalispel Tribe; Kootenai Tribe of Idaho; Nez Perce Tribe; Spokane Tribe; Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon; and Yakama Indian Nation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, and the general public.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular Nos. A-87, A-21, and A-122 as applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

No preapplication is required.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Applicants must use application Form PHS 5161-1. Application packets are available from: Ms. Edna Green, Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Road, Room 3000, Atlanta, GA 30341. By formal agreement, the CDC Grants Management Branch will act on behalf of ATSDR on this matter.

Award Procedures

The Assistant Administrator, ATSDR has final authority to approve funding of applications. When an application is approved for funding, the Grants Management Officer, CDC, acting as agent for ATSDR will prepare a Notice of Grant Award.


Contact the Headquarters Office identified below for application deadlines.


Section 104(i)(14)(15)and (17) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; 42 U.S.C. 9604; Sections (i)(14)(15), and (17), as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 60 to 90 days.




Awards are made for project periods of 1 to 5 years with 12-month budget periods. Renewal awards cannot be made beyond the project period without competition.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The awards will be made for 12-month budget periods within a project period of 1 to 5 years. Continuation awards within the project period are made on the basis of satisfactory progress and availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Semi-annual progress and financial status reports are required no later than 90 days after the end of each budget period.

Final financial status and performance reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24,1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials.


Detailed and accurate records of travel expenditures, personnel hours and all other costs will be retained for 10 years in accordance with EPA's "Superfund Financial Management and Recordkeeping Guidance for Federal Agencies." Such documents may be required to provide the basis of cost recovery actions or other litigation. Additionally, this documentation must be available for audit or verification upon the request of the Inspector General.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$40,000 to $60,000; $50,000 FY07 est. $100,00; FY08 est. $100,00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations governing the program are set forth in 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92 and 40 CFR Part 35. Guidelines are available in the application kit and the PHS Grants Policy Statement No. 90-50-000 (Revised).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Program contact Dean Seneca, Division of Health Assessment and Consultation, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30333. Telephone: (770) 488-1607. E-mail address: Grants Management Contact: Ms. Mildred Garner, Acquisition & Assistance Branch A, Procurement and Grants Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2920 Brandywine Road., Atlanta, GA 30341. Telephone: (770) 488-2745. Fax: (770) 488-2777.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on the following criteria: 1) Develop and administered effective culturally competent measures to engage community members in environmental public health activities: 2) Describe how the environmental health needs assessment will be used for environmental health: 3) Outlined the activities to develop a 10-year Environmental Health Plan (EHP): 4) Described the Tribes capability (or inability) to carry out the proposed EHP: 5) Describe how the Tribe will resolve current problems of exposures: 6) and Budget justification.

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