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Gulf of Mexico Program

Number: 66.475
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Water

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.475 Gulf of Mexico Program
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Water, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), 33 U.S.C 1254.
Objectives (050):
(1) To assist States, Indian Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations in developing, implementing, and demonstrating innovative approaches relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution; and (2) To expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to restore and protect the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the region.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: Projects that will deliver significant results to achieve the environmental outcomes of improved health of the Gulf of Mexico by restoring and conserving habitat, restoring water quality, replenishing and protecting living marine resources, enhancing community resilience, and furthering environmental education.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Section 104 (b)(3) of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. Section 1254 (b)(3) authorizes the awarding of assistance for programs established under the Clean Water Act. Assistance will be targeted to States, Tribes, interstate agencies, and other public or nonprofit organizations that commit to specific activities. Eligible activities should be of a relatively short time frame (6 months to 3 years) and all projects should achieve and demonstrate results. Assistance agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct costs incident to approved surveys, studies, investigations, research, and demonstrations plus allowable indirect costs, in accordance with established EPA policies and regulations. 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:

Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to adopt and enforce policies that ban text messaging while driving company-owned or -rented vehicles or government-owned vehicles, or while driving privately-owned vehicles when on official government business or when performing any work for or on behalf of the government. Grant recipients and sub-recipients are encouraged to conduct initiatives of the type described in section 3(a) of the Federal Leadership on Reducing Text Messaging While Driving Executive Order that was signed on October 1, 2009.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Funds are available to State and local governments, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities, and other public or nonprofit organizations. 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
State and local governments, interstate agencies, Tribes, colleges and universities,and other public or nonprofit organizations.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Compliance with 40 CFR Parts 30 and 31 and with Program Funding Guidance. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit organizations, and OMB No. A-21 for educational institutions. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. 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.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants should follow the proposal format and instructions provided in the Funding Announcement. The proposal should be transmitted electronically to the email address and by the date and time published in the Funding Announcement. Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure (093):
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.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 90-180 days following the application deadline as addressed in the competitive funding announcement.
Appeals (096):
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.
Renewals (097):
Contact the Gulf of Mexico Program Office for information.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The terms of the assistance shall be determined at the time of award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The method of fund disbursement will be determined at the time of award.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
EPA includes reporting requirements for grants and cooperative agreements in the terms and conditions of the agreements. Agreements may require quarterly, interim, and final progress reports, and expenditure/financial, equipment, and invention reports. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations at 40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31, as applicable. Program reports are required under this program. Cash reports are required under this program. Progress reports are required under this program. Expenditure reports are required under this program. Performance monitoring is required under this program.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit 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. 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.
Records (113):
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 an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $1,356,400; FY 14 est $1,548,000; and FY 15 est $1,548,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$30,000 to $300,000/fiscal year; $150,000/fiscal year.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: In FY 13, the program continued to support projects which improved water quality, restored, enhanced, and protected habitat, helped coastal communities understand their resilience to climate change and significantly advance environmental education for all. The program also prepared and presented several webinars to better prepare potential applicants. Fiscal Year 2014: Competitions are held based on available funds and Agency priorities. The number of applications and the number of awards made is dependent on the competitive announcement issued. The announcement will include the number of anticipated awards. The program initiated a competition in early Fiscal Year 2014. 144 proposals were received; of which, 13 were selected for funding. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
For assistance agreements with States, local governments, and Indian tribal governments, the procedures and requirements should be in conformance with 40 CFR Part 31 "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments," and OMB Circular Nos. A-87 "Cost Principles for State and Local Governments" and A-102 "Grants and Cooperative Agreements for States and Local Governments." For assistance agreements with other entities the procedures should be in conformance with 40 CFR Part 30, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations."
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Contact the EPA Region 4 Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog for information on the grants administration process. Local Office: EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office, Mail Code EPA/GMPO, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529, Attention: Lael Butler. Telephone: 228-688-1576. FAX: 228-688-2709. E-Mail:
Headquarters Office (152):
Lael Butler EPA/Gulf of Mexico Program Office
Mail Code EPA/GMPO, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529 Email: Phone: 228-688-1576
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Due to the lack of available funding, no new awards were made during 2013. Fiscal Year 2014: The program is currently working with the selected applicants to prepare and submit the documents required for obligating funds. Thirteen projects were selected for funding in FY14. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The evaluation and selection criteria for competitive awards under this CFDA description will be described in the competitive announcement. Projects will be selected based on the criteria and ranking factors established in the GMPO Competitive Funding Announcement. Leveraged funds and resources will be considered during the evaluation scoring process.