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Source Reduction Assistance

Number: 66.717
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.717 Source Reduction Assistance
Federal Agency (030):
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3); Clean Air Act, Section 103(b); Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a); Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)(1)&(c).
Objectives (050):
Under this CFDA announcement, EPA administers two grant programs - the Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grant program and the Regional Pollution Prevention Information Network Centers (RP2INC) grant program. The goal of the SRA program is to provide grants to support pollution prevention (P2), source reduction and/or resource conservation activities. The goal of the RP2INC program is to fund an organization which will serve as the national coordinator of the Regional P2 Resource Exchange Centers. The national coordinator will provide leadership in: framing national P2 initiatives, strengthening collaboration among the regional centers, evaluating P2 information, tools and products, and marketing the centers' services nationally.

For purposes of the grant programs, P2 is defined as any practice which reduces or eliminates the creation of pollutants through: increased efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or other resources, or protection of natural resources by conservation activities. EPA is interested in funding projects which assist in reducing hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants entering waste streams or otherwise released into the environment (including fugitive emissions) prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal. Grant activities may involve, but are not limited to the following: equipment or technology modifications, process or procedure modifications, reformulation or redesign of products, substitution of raw materials, improvements in housekeeping, maintenance, training, inventory control, etc.

Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2013: To support source reduction, pollution prevention and resource conservation activities that comply with the statutory authorities of the Clean Air Act, Section 103(b), as amended; Clean Water Act, Section 104(b)(3), as amended; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, as amended; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442 (a)(1) and (c), as amended; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001(a), as amended; and the Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, as amended.

Projects must consist of activities within the statutory terms of these EPA grant authorities. The statutes authorize grants for the following activities: "research, investigations, experiments, education/training, demonstrations of new or innovative techniques, surveys and studies." These activities relate generally to the gathering or transferring of information or advancing awareness. Applicants should emphasize this "learning" concept in their proposals. All activities in the proposal must be eligible under one or more of the statutory authorities.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
EPA is interested in supporting P2, source reduction and resource conservation projects that will provide an overall benefit to the environment by preventing pollutants at the source. Source reduction projects can include but are not limited to: 1) improving facility and institutional operations that reduce pollutant use and exposure, 2) reformulating and procuring products to reduce toxic constituents, 3) providing direct technical assistance to businesses and other organizations, 4) encouraging green product design and manufacturing, 5) conducting outreach, 6) collecting and analyzing P2 data, and 7) integrating P2 concepts into state, regional and tribal environmental multimedia programs. Grant activities must be consistent with the grant guidelines of the statutory authorities listed for this program. The statutory authorities are listed in this CFDA announcement and in the applicable grant solicitations. The statutes authorize EPA to award assistance agreements to support the following activities: "research, investigations, experiments, education/training, demonstrations of new or innovative techniques, surveys and studies." These activities relate generally to the gathering or transferring of information or advancing knowledge. Grant proposals should emphasize this "learning" concept, as opposed to "fixing" an environmental problem using a well-established method. For example, a proposal to install a more energy efficient heating system in the applicant's facility in order to conserve energy, would not, in itself fall within research, studies, demonstrations and would be viewed as a well-established solution not eligible for grant funding. All activities in the applicant's proposal must be eligible under one or more of the statutory authorities listed.

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):
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. Assistance under this program is available to the fifty States, the District of Columbia, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, local governments, city or township governments, independent school district governments, state controlled institutions of higher education, federally-recognized tribal governments, non-profits other than institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, and community-based grassroots organizations. Nonprofit organizations must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible through documentation of nonprofit status provided the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or their state of incorporation. 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Any state, federally-recognized tribal government, intertribal consortia, college/university, non-profit organization, local government or independent school district.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A 87 for State and local governments and federally recognized tribal governments, OMB Circular No. A 21 for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A 122 for nonprofit institutions. Applicants may be requested to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. EPA may ask applicants or principal investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. 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. Standard grant forms are required, as provided by the EPA and must be used for both grant programs. Forms may be obtained via the Internet by visiting: http://www.epa.gov/ogd/AppKit/application.htm.

Please consult the SRA and RPPINC program notices, posted to EPA's Pollution Prevention Grant web site at http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants for more information. If the applicant does not know who their Single Point of Contact is, they should contact the appropriate EPA Regional Pollution Prevention Program office listed in the Information Contacts section, or call the EPA Headquarters Grant Policy Information and Training Branch at 202-564-5325. Federally-recognized Tribal governments are not required to comply with this procedure. 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. This CFDA program description is designed to benefit national and regional source reduction, pollution prevention, and resource conservation activities. Grant proposals must meet the requirements outlined in the national and regional Source Reduction Assistance solicitation notices. EPA will conduct the grant competition by posting a Request for Proposals (RFP) on-line. Applicants may be able to use http://www.grants.gov 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. Source Reduction Assistance grants and cooperative agreements are subject to the availability of funds. EPA will issue awards contingent upon the criteria specified in this CFDA program description and within the corresponding solicitations. EPA reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and issue no awards. Procedures for awards are outlined in the General Grant Regulation 40 CFR Part 30.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days.
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):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: EPA requires a minimum 5% match of the total allowable project cost. For example, the Federal government will provide 95% of the total allowable cost of the project and the recipient will provide the remaining 5%. The match may be issued in the form of cash and/or in-kind contributions, e.g., donated services, charges for real property and equipment or the value of goods and services directly benefiting the EPA funded project.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Assistance agreements are awarded for an initial project period of 2 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Grant and cooperative agreement funds issued under the SRA and RPPINC grant programs are released by letter of credit to the eligible grant recipient.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. Budget information should be submitted to the grant project officer. This information should be included in the semi-annual progress report and the final technical report. Uniform reporting requirements for institutions of higher education and other non- profit organizations. The recipient and the Grant Project Officer will develop a process for jointly evaluating and reporting progress and accomplishments under the work plan. The work plans and reporting must be consistent with the requirements of 40 CFR part 30, subpart C. A description of the evaluation process and a reporting schedule must be included in the work plan (see sections 30.51 through 30.53). The reporting schedule requires the recipient to submit, at a minimum, annual progress reports, during the life of the project, to the Grant Project Officer. Recipients should provide a discussion of accomplishments as measured against work plan commitments; a discussion of cumulative effectiveness of the work performed under all work plan components; a discussion of existing and potential problem areas; and suggestions for improvement, including where feasible, schedules for making improvements. If evaluation reveals the recipient has not made sufficient progress under the work plan, the Grant Project Officer and the recipient will negotiate a resolution. The recipient may request a review of the Grant Project Officer's decision under the dispute resolution process under (40 CFR 30.63).

Uniform reporting requirement for state, local and tribal governments. The recipient and the Grant Project Officer will develop a process for jointly evaluating and reporting progress and accomplishments under the work plan. The work plans and reporting must be consistent with the requirements of 40 CFR 31, subpart C. A description of the evaluation process and a reporting schedule must be included in the work plan (see sections 31.40 through 30.42). The reporting schedule requires the recipient to submit, at a minimum, annual progress reports, during the life of the project, to the Grant Project Officer. Recipients should provide a discussion of accomplishments as measured against work plan commitments; a discussion of cumulative effectiveness of the work performed under all work plan components; a discussion of existing and potential problem areas; and suggestions for improvement, including where feasible, schedules for making improvements. If evaluation reveals the recipient has not made sufficient progress under the work plan, the Grant Project Officer and the recipient will negotiate a resolution that addresses the issues. If issues cannot be resolved through negotiation, the Grant Project Officer may take appropriate action (see sections 31.43 through 31.44.) The recipient may request a review of the Grant Project Officer's decision under the dispute resolution process under 40 CFR, Part 31, subpart F.

Semi-annual progress reports are required. Grantees should explain the work executed to date, provide environmental performance data, if available, describe the future direction of the project and describe staff and budget plans. Expenditure information should be included in the semi-annual progress report and the final technical report. Performance monitoring is required if the grantee produces environmental data. In the semi-annual progress report and in the final technical report the grantee should explain how environmental data was gathered, measured, tracked and documented.
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 to substantiate charges to each assistance agreement, must be kept available to personnel authorized to examine EPA assistance agreement 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 an audit, related records should be retained until the matter is completely resolved.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $1,048,323; FY 13 est $1,118,000; and FY 14 est $1,118,000 - SRA program: FY 2012: $1,048,323; FY 2013: estimated obligations $1,118,000; FY 2014: estimated obligations $1,118,000.

RP2INC program: FY 2012: grant funding was not awarded.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
SRA award range in FY 2012: $15,000 - $111,300. Approximate average award amount: $68,000.

RP2INC did not issue any awards in FY 2012.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
40 CFR Parts 29, 30, 31, 32; and "EPA Assistance Administration Manual," are available from the National Technical Information Services, Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161 on a subscription basis, Order No.: NTIS UB/031.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. RP2INC grant program

U.S. EPA HQ - Mail Code 7409M: 1200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW,

Washington, DC, 20460; Contact: Beth Anderson, phone: (202)564-8833; fax (202)564-8901; email: anderson.beth@epa.gov

SRA grant program

U.S. EPA Region 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT), Mail Code: OES04-1

5 Post Office Square, Suite 100, Boston, MA 02109-3912; Contact: Lee Fiske, phone: (617) 918-1847; fax: (617) 918-1810; email: fiske.lee@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 2 (NJ, NY, PR, U.S. Virgin Islands), Mail Code: SPMMB,290 Broadway 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007-1866; Contact: Alex Peck, phone: (212) 637-3758; fax: (212) 637-3771; email: peck.alex@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 3 (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, D.C.), Mail Code: 3EA40, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-2029; Contact: Mindy Lemoine, phone: (215) 814-2736; fax: (215) 814-3274; email: lemoine.mindy@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 4 (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN), Atlanta Federal Center, 61 Forsyth Street S.W. Atlanta, GA 30303; Contact: Pamela Swingle: phone: (404) 562-8482; fax: (404) 562-9066; email: swingle.pamela@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 5 (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI), Mail Code: DW-8J, 77 West Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604-3590; Contact: Christine Anderson, phone: (312) 866-9749; fax: (312) 353-4788; email: andersona.christine@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 6 (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX), Mail Code: 6EN-XP, 1445 Ross Ave. Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202; Contact: Annette Smith, phone: (214) 665-2127; fax: (214) 665-7446; email: smith.annette@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 7 (IA, KS, MO, NE), Mail Code: ARTD/TSPP, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, KS 66101; Contact: Marcus Rivas, phone: (913) 551-7669; fax:(913) 551-7065; email: rivas.marcus@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 8 (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY), Mail Code: 8P-P3T, 999 18th Street, Suite 300,Denver, CO 80202-2466; Contact: Linda Walters, phone: (303) 312-6385; fax: (303) 312-6044; email:walters.linda@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 9 (AZ, CA, HI, NV, and Pacific Islands and Tribal Nations subject to U.S. law), Mail Code: WST-7, 75 Hawthrone Street, San Francisco, CA 94105; Contact: Jessica Counts-Arnold, phone: 415-972-3288; fax: (415) 947-3530; email: counts-arnold.jessica@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA Region 10 (AK, ID, OR, WA), Mail Code: AWT-128, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101; Contact: Carolyn Gangmark, phone: (206) 553-4072; fax: (206) 553-8338; email: gangmark.carolyn@epa.gov.
Headquarters Office (152):
Michele Amhaz, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Pollution Prevention Division, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania, Ave., N.W., (7409-M), Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: amhaz.michele@epa.gov Phone: (202) 564-8857.
Website Address (153):
http://www.epa.gov/p2/pubs/grants/index.htm
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available 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.