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Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)

GAP for Tribes
Number: 66.926
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of International and Tribal Affairs

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.926 Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)
Federal Agency (030):
Office of International and Tribal Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992, Section 11, Public Law 102-497, 42 U.S.C 4368b; Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992, Public Law 103-155.
Objectives (050):
To provide general assistance program (GAP) grants to Indian tribal governments and intertribal consortia to build capacity to administer environmental regulatory programs on Indian lands, and provide technical assistance from EPA to Indian tribal governments and intertribal consortia in the development of multimedia programs to address environmental issues on Indian lands. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: Funding is for the purposes of assisting federally-recognized tribal governments with the development of tribal environmental management capacity consistent with EPA standards and regulations. Funding can be used for planning, developing and establishing the administrative, technical, legal, enforcement, communications, and environmental education and outreach structure of a tribal environmental program. GAP funds will be used for activities such as assessment of environmental condition of tribal lands; appropriate utilization of federal information; building an environmental program tailored to the tribes needs; developing environmental education programs; developing Solid Waste management plans; and establishing the ability to alert EPA to serious conditions involving immediate public health and ecological health.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Activities eligible for funding under this program are those for planning, developing, and establishing capability to implement environmental protection programs including development of solid and hazardous waste programs. General assistance agreements offer the opportunity for a tribe to develop an integrated environmental program, develop the capability to manage specific programs and establish a core program for environmental protection. These assistance agreements provide the opportunity for the tribes to define and develop administrative and legal infrastructures; to conduct assessments, monitoring, planning, and other actions; and to undertake additional activities within a simplified administrative framework. The primary purpose of these assistance agreements is to support the development of elements of a core environmental program, such as: providing for tribal capacity-building to assure an environmental presence for identifying programs and projects, including developing proposals for environmental program grants and managing environmental work; fostering compliance with Federal environmental statutes by developing appropriate tribal environmental programs, ordinances, and services; and establishing a communications capability to work with Federal, State, local and other tribal environmental officials. Restrictions: The principal focus of this program is on the development of general tribal environmental capability. Assistance will be provided under this program only for activities which the agency determines are appropriate to carry out the purposes of the Act. No single grant awarded under this program may be for an amount exceeding ten percent of the total annual funds appropriated under Section (h) of the Act. As with many of EPA's grants to States and Tribes, GAP grants may now be combined with one or more other EPA grants into a Performance Partnership Grant for administrative savings and, with EPA concurrence, programmatic flexibility. 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):
The following are eligible to receive financial assistance: (a) An Indian tribal government; and (b) an intertribal consortium or consortia. An Indian tribal government is any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska Native village or regional or village corporation (as defined in or established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, 43 U.S.C. 1601, et seq.), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior as eligible for the special services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. An intertribal consortium is a partnership between two or more Indian tribal governments authorized by the governing bodies of those tribes to apply for and receive assistance under this program. An intertribal consortium is eligible to receive a GAP grant if the consortium demonstrates that: (1) A majority of its members meet the eligibility requirements for GAP grants; (2) all members that meet the eligibility requirements authorize the consortium to apply for and receive the grant; and (3) only members that meet the eligibility requirements will benefit directly from the grant project and the consortium agrees to a grant condition to that effect. An intertribal consortium must have adequate documentation of the existence of the partnership and the authorization of the member Tribes to apply for and receive assistance. Documentation that demonstrates the existence of the partnership of Indian Tribal governments may consist of Tribal council resolutions, intertribal consortia resolutions in conjunction with a Tribal council resolution from each member Tribe, or other written certification from a duly authorized representative of each Tribal government that clearly demonstrates that a partnership of Indian Tribal governments exists. Documentation that demonstrates that member Tribes authorize the consortium to apply for and receive assistance may consist of a Tribal council resolution from each Tribe or other written certification from a duly authorized representative of each Tribal government that clearly demonstrates that the Tribe authorizes the consortium to apply for and receive the grant on behalf of the Tribe. An intertribal consortium resolution is not adequate documentation of the member Tribes authorization of the consortium unless it includes a written certification from a duly authorized representative of each Tribal government.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and eligible Intertribal Consortia.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
.This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-87. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applicants must use the "Application for Federal Assistance: State and Local Non-Construction Programs" (Standard Form 424). Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA.
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are reviewed by the appropriate Regional Office and, if approved, financial assistance is awarded by the Regional Administrator or his/her delegated official.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 90 days after deadline for application submission.
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):
In order to receive renewals, significant progress must be demonstrated. Renewals are subject to approval of EPA. Contact the EPA Regional contact identified in Appendix IV of the Catalog for additional 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):
Award amount remains available until expended in accordance with the term of the award. The term of an award may exceed one year, but may not exceed four years. The term of the grant shall be determined at the time of the grant award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Other. 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. Specific reporting requirements are also identified in the Grant Regulations at 40 CFR Part 31 and 40 CFR Part 35 (B), "Environmental Program Grants for Tribes." 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 charges to each grant, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA grant accounts. All records must be maintained for three years from the date of submission of the annual financial status report. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $64,000,000; FY 14 est $65,500,000; and FY 15 est $96,400,000 - FY 13 $64.0 million; FY 14 est. $65.5 million; and FY 15 est. $96.4 million.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
The minimum award for the first year of the grant is $75,000/fiscal year, max. $400,000/fiscal year; avg. $110,000/fiscal year.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Project accomplishments included participation in water quality assessment training; participation in watershed management coordination projects, and the assessment of baseline environmental conditions. Fiscal Year 2014: Funding awards will not be finalized nationally before the end of Fiscal Year 2014. GAP resources should support a) Developing and maintaining core environmental program capacities (administrative, financial management, information management, environmental baseline needs assessment, public education/communication, legal, and technical/ analytic); b) Engaging with the EPA to negotiate joint EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans (ETEPs) that reflect intermediate and long-term goals for developing, establishing, and implementing environmental protection programs; Linking GAP-funded assistance agreement work plans to the ETEPs; c) Developing baseline capacities for media-specific environmental protection programs that are related to the needs of the recipient and to EPA statutory programs (e.g.,ambient and indoor air quality; water quality; managing wastes; managing asbestos, lead-based paint, pesticides, toxics, and pollution prevention programs); and d) Implementing waste management programs. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Public Law 102-497, Section 11, 42 U.S.C.4368(b), as amended by Public Law 103-155, November 24, 1993. The program guidance titled "Indian Environmental General Assistance Program: Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia" is available at
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
Luke Jones American Indian Environmental Office (2690 M) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: (202) 564-4013
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Examples of past funded projects include: establishment of a water quality assessment program; an environmental assessment inventory; establishment of an environmental code; establishment of a multi-media program to address water quality, air quality, safe drinking water, solid waste, hazardous waste and pesticides; establishment of a management plan with emphasis on wastewater sludge reclamation and tire recovery; and establishment of a program to address underground storage tanks, SARA Title III, and radon. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Proposals are approved by the individual EPA Regional offices according to applicants ability to achieve the objectives outlined in Public Law 102-497; 40 CFR Part 35 (B): Environmental Program Grants for Tribes; the May 15, 2013 Final Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia; the availability of funding; and a review of the applicants proposed work plan and past performance.