Program Description

The purpose of the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program is to provide funding for the costs of planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the capability of tribal governing bodies to regulate environmental quality pursuant to federal and tribal environmental laws. The ERE program supports the principle that projects must follow tribal cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities in order to achieve environmentally healthy, sustainable Native American and Alaska Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is therefore interested in supporting locally designed projects that strengthen tribal environmental regulatory programs in a manner consistent with the goals of native communities.

Program areas of interest for this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Providing training and education to employees responsible for enforcing, or monitoring compliance with, environmental quality laws.
  2. Developing laws, regulations, and ordinances to protect the environment.
  3. Enforcing and monitoring environmental quality laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  4. Establishing baseline condition for regulatory purposes.
  5. Informing the community about regulations and environmental stewardship.
  6. Building the technical and program capability of the tribe or organization to perform essential environmental program functions to meet tribal and federal regulatory requirements.
  7. Establishing demonstration projects to exhibit technologies, which can lead to compliance with environmental regulations.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants under this announcement are:

  1. 1. Federally recognized Indian tribes
  2. Consortia of Indian tribes
  3. Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  4. Incorporated state-recognized tribes
  5. Alaska Native villages, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia
  6. Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporation/Associations in Alaska with village specific projects
  7. Other tribal or village organizations or consortia of Indian tribes
  8. Tribal governing bodies (IRA or traditional councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. Information and the requirements for requesting an exemption from required electronic application submission may be requested by phone, mail, or e-mail at:

ANA Help Desk
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans
Switzer Building - 330 C ST, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 877-922-9262
Fax: 202-690-7441

Program Contact Information

Carmelia Strickland

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.581
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Length of Program1-3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program4

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