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International Financial Assistance Projects Sponsored by the Office of International and Tribal Affairs

Number: 66.931
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
Office: Office of International and Tribal Affairs

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
66.931 International Financial Assistance Projects Sponsored by the Office of International and Tribal Affairs
Federal Agency (030):
Office of International and Tribal Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency
Authorization (040):
Marine Protection, Research and Sanctuaries Act of 1972, Section 203, 33 Stat. 1443; Solid Waste Disposal Act, Section 8001, 42 Stat. 6981; Clean Water Act, Section 104, 33 U.S.C 1254; Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, Section 20, Public Law 92-516, 7 U.S.C 136r; Toxic Substances Control Act, Section 10, 15 U.S.C 2609; National Environmental Policy Act, Section 102(2)(F), 42 Stat. 4332; Safe Drinking Water Act, Section 1442(a)&(c), 42 Stat. 300j-1(a)(1); Clean Air Act, Section 103, 42 U.S.C 7403.
Objectives (050):
To protect human health and the environment while advancing U.S. national interests through international environmental collaboration. This mission is supported by these strategic objectives: 1) Reducing Exposure to Toxic Chemicals; 2) Improving Air Quality; 3) Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste); 4) Combating Climate Change by Limiting Pollutants; 5) Expanding access to Clean Water; and 6) Building Strong Environmental Institutions and Legal Structures. Funding Priority - Fiscal Year 2014: EPA Safeguards air, water, and land for all Americans. International capacity-building plays a key role in protecting human health, communities and the environment by providing technical cooperation to help countries reduce air pollution, better manage air quality global climates, reduce the global use and emission of mercury, manage drinking & surface water quality, and provide technical assistance to restore the land and mitigate sources of land pollution. OITA will work to transfer appropriate air management tools and techniques to key countries and regions as we collaborate with partners to improve air quality. In addition, we will continue efforts to reduce global sources of persistent bioaccumulative toxins. Long-range and transboundary atmospheric transport and deposition of such toxics as Mercury, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides, dioxins, and furans continue to threaten human health and ecosystems. OITA will continue to promote the development of activities for managing drinking and surface water quality and provide technical cooperation, expertise, and assistance to help communities and countries preserve and restore the land and to mitigate sources of land pollution. OITA plays a key role in ensuring trade-related activities sustain environmental protection. Initiatives relating to environmental trade and investment are carried out bilaterally, multilaterally or in connection with multilateral institutions such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), World Bank, European Union (EU), or Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). Also, OITA will support protection of human health and the ecosystem for North America through the United States' participation in the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation and through leadership in the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and other international entities. EPA will provide targeted capacity building support under the environmental cooperation agreements developed parallel to U.S. free trade agreements. The U.S.-Mexico Border (to sustain and restore community health and preserve the ecological systems that support them) program is implemented in partnership with the ten Border States and the government of Mexico with its corresponding states and tribes. It addresses the Agency's major themes of clean air, clean water, and clean land. The key areas of focus for the Border 2020 Program include improving water quality in the region; improving availability of low sulfur diesel fuel on the border; the stabilization of abandoned hazardous waste sites; removal of used tire piles along the U.S.-Mexico Border; defining baseline and alternative scenarios for air emissions reductions along the border region; and binational emergency preparedness drills and exercises at border sister cities.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Discretionary funds are available for the awards under this program. Grants and cooperative agreements are available to support recipients' allowable direct cost expenditures incident to the approved project plus allocable portions of allowable indirect costs of the institution, in accordance with established EPA policy, 40 CFR parts 30 and 31. Funding awarded for international research under these projects does not include research within the purview of EPA's Office of Research and Development. 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):
Assistance under this program is generally available to States and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, which submit applications proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of International Affairs' mission. 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):
States and local governments, territories and possessions, foreign governments, international organizations, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA) may require applicants to submit documentation of non-profit status. OITA may request applicants to demonstrate they have appropriate background, academic training, experience in the field, and necessary equipment to carry out projects. OITA may also 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. 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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No. A-102 and A-110 must be used for this program. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Applicants may be able to use to electronically apply for certain grant opportunities under this CFDA. Under EPA Order No. 5700.5A1, Policy for Competition in Assistance Agreements (9/12/02), Assistance awards to Foreign Governments and to United Nations agencies and similar International Organizations, such as the Organization of American States and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), may be exempted from competition at the discretion of OITA. For competitive awards, Requests for Initial Proposals or Requests for Applications will specify application procedures.
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. For non-competitive awards, OITA will conduct an administrative evaluation to determine the adequacy of the application in relation to grant regulations and to technical and program evaluation to determine the merit and relevance of the project. The Agency will then advise the applicant if funding is being considered. A final work plan will then be negotiated with the applicant.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Approximately 180 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):
None. A standard grant application should be prepared and submitted as a new grant, which will be reviewed in the same manner as the original application and will compete for available funds. Generally, EPA incrementally funds grants and cooperative agreements. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to OITA's priorities, and availability of funds.
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):
EPA normally funds grants and cooperative agreements on a 12-month basis. However, EPA can negotiate the project period with each applicant based on project requirements. EPA limits project periods to 5 years. Payments will be on an advance letter of credit or reimbursement basis; recipient must request the initial advance payment on SF 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is awarded by project.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. 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. 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):
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.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $1,686,000; FY 14 est $3,000,000; and FY 15 est $3,000,000 - (Grants and Cooperative Agreements) FY 2013 $1.686 million, FY 2014 est. $2.5 - $3.0 million, and FY 2015 est. $2.5 - $3.0 million.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Range: $15,000 - $300,000; Average: FY 2012 $200,000, FY 2013 $200,000 and FY 2014 est. $200,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: Some examples of OITA accomplishments: OITA funded several international assistance agreement projects during FY 2013 for the protection of human health and the environment in support of goal 4: 1) Global initiative promoting cleaner fuels and vehicles in developing and transitioning countries. 2) Advancing efforts to address problems related to electronic waste that is leaving developed countries and causing negative effects on human health and the environment primarily in developing countries. 3) Working with East African Water Utilities to improve safe drinking water delivery through the development of Water Safety Plans. Fiscal Year 2014: The information for FY 2014 is not yet available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
These grants and cooperative agreements are subject to EPA's General Grant Regulations (40 CFR Part 30 and 40 CFR Part 31). Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes, OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions, and OMB Circular No. A-122 for nonprofit institutions.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office (152):
Paul Trevino Office of International Affairs, USEPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, District of Columbia 20460 Email: Phone: (202) 564-1627
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Examples of OITA awarded international projects were to assist in: 1) "Clearing-House/Partnership - Clean Fuels"; 2) "Collaboration/Electronics & Sustainable Production"; and 3) "Water Safety Plans - East Africa". Fiscal Year 2014: The information for FY 2014 is not yet 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.