Program Description

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.

General Program Requirements

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.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Pre-application 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): 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must use the "Application for Federal Assistance: State and Local Non-Construction Programs" (Standard Form 424). Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through Grants.gov.

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): Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, 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.

Program Contact Information

Luke Jones
Senior Advisor
jones.luke@epa.gov
202-564-4013

Additional Information

Tribes Funded by this Programall federally recognized tribes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)over 500 tribal governments
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number66.926
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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