Program Description

To support Federally-recognized Indian Tribes' efforts to understand, assess and characterize air quality; design methods and plans to protect and improve air quality on tribal lands through surveys, studies, research, training, investigations, and special purpose activities. To ensure tribes have appropriate levels of support and opportunity to understand their air quality and take proactive measures to preserve, restore and protect air quality for their reservations and other lands over which they have jurisdiction through tribal program implementation, CAA implementation, radiation protection, mobile source controls, and voluntary programs to address outdoor and indoor air and other concerns. To ensure that all tribes have the tools they need to understand and participate in local, regional and national issues, regulatory and policy developments, and to protect their air quality from activities off the reservation that may affect or impact them. To improve the ability of tribes to understand, define, design and participate in activities that affect their air quality.

Projects should also focus on addressing environmental justice (EJ) concerns in communities. EJ is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

General Program Requirements

Applicant Eligibility (081): Assistance under this program is generally available to Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia, which submit applications proposing projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA's Office of Air and Radiation's mission. Tribal CAA 103 Project Grants have been determined by the Agency as exempt from competition under EPA Order 5700.5A1.

Beneficiary Eligibility (082): Federally-recognized Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia.

Credentials/Documentation (083): Costs will be determined in accordance with Uniform Grants Guidance 2 CFR 225 for State and local governments and Indian Tribes. 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 principle investigators to provide curriculum vitae and relevant publications. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Pre-application Coordination (091): EPA will generally specify the nature of the pre-application/pre-proposal assistance, if any, that will be available to applicants. For additional information, contact the individual(s) listed as ""Information Contacts"" or see Appendix IV of the Catalog. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 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. EPA requires final applications to be made on Standard Form 424. Requests for application kits must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency, Grants and Interagency Agreement Management Division, 3903R, Washington, DC 20460 or through the appropriate EPA Regional Office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Applicants, except in limited circumstances approved by the Agency, must submit all initial applications for funding through

Award Procedure (093): EPA will review and evaluate applications, proposals, and/or submissions in accordance with EPA policies/regulations for non-competitive assistance agreements.

Deadlines (094): Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095): Approximately 180 days.

Appeals (096): Disputes will be resolved under 2 CFR 1500 Subpart E, as applicable.

Renewals (097): None. Generally, EPA incrementally funds assistance agreements for Training, Investigations, and Special Purpose. Approval of subsequent funding increments is dependent on satisfactory project progress, continued relevance of the project to EPA's priorities, availability of funds, and Agency policies.

Program Contact Information

Pat Childers
Tribal Program Coordinator

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number66.038
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)115 tribal governments
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program115 tribal governments

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