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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

FY2014 Grant Funding Announcement
Indian Environmental General Assistance Program


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, invites Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) grant proposals from federally recognized tribal governments and eligible intertribal consortia for FY2015 work plan program development activities. The goal of the GAP is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to plan and establish environmental protection programs and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with their individual needs.

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The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number for the GAP is 66.926.

Important Dates*:

Funding Announcement posted to Tribal Program Website Nov. 7, 2013
Grant Proposals must be submitted in GAP Online* by Jan. 8, 2014
Guidance Letters with approved funding amounts and workplan comments mailed to applicants beginning on March 14, 2014
Full Applications with Revised Workplans are due on or after
as stated in the Region 9 Guidance Letter
Apr. 18, 2014**
Grant Awards will be made not later than Sept. 30, 2014
Funding is jeopardized if materials are received after the due dates.
*Exceptions to the GAP Online submission are made for applicants with Performance Partnership Grants, these applicants should contact their Project Officer for more information.
**Written notice of approved funding amounts and application due dates may be adjusted, pending R9’s receipt of a final GAP funding allocation from EPA Headquarters Office.

Important Information

  • GAP Guidance was finalized May 15, 2013 and will apply to all future grant awards
    The new Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Tribes and Intertribal Consortia, which includes Appendix I, a Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Capacity, will assist tribes in developing capacity to implement environmental programs. The new Guidance replaces prior guidance documents. Follow the Guidance as you develop your grant proposals. Note that some previously funded work plan activities may no longer be eligible under the new Guidance.
  • The Guidance on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements (Guidance) describes how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) administers the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) Act of 1992 (42 U.S.C. §4368b). In conjunction with the information provided in Appendix I, "Guidebook for Building Tribal Environmental Program Capacity," this Guidance provides a consistent national framework for building tribal environmental program capacity under GAP and is designed to improve the management of GAP resources.
  • EPA-Tribal Environmental Plans (ETEPs)
    The 2013 GAP Guidance requires each tribal grantee to negotiate a joint EPA-Tribal Environmental Plan with the Agency and identifies broad requirements for the content of ETEPs. Under the new GAP Guidance, work plan activities proposed by tribes must be linked to an ETEP. The ETEP should be a living document that is actively used as a management tool by both EPA and the tribe to ensure work is being done in support of agreed upon priorities and that progress toward intermediate and long-term goals is made over time. Due to the number of tribes in Region 9, EPA will be initiating the development of ETEPs with tribes beginning in Fall 2014, and continuing over the next several years. Tribes will be contacted by their EPA Project Officer to schedule the development of an ETEP.

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Contents of Full Text Announcement

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  1. Overview
  2. Background and Program Description
  3. Funding Amount Available
  4. Eligibility
    Eligible Recipients
    Environmental Measures and Results
    Eligible Activities
  5. Proposal Process
    Proposal Content
    1. Narrative Discussion
    2. Work Plan
    3. Budget Breakdown
    4. Government Endorsement
  6. Proposal Review Process
    1. Proposal Review Factors
    2. Funding Priorities
    3. Funding Decision Notifications/Guidance Letters
  7. Final Application Process
  8. Performance Partnership Grants
  9. Award Administration
  10. Agency Contacts


FY 2015 Tribal-EPA Annual Conference Announcement

The purpose of the Annual Tribal-EPA Conference is to provide tribes in Region 9 with a broad array of environmental information, a forum for discussing critical environmental issues, and the opportunity to network with other environmental professionals.

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