Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)
In 1992, Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act (42 U.S.C. 4368b) which authorizes EPA to provide General Assistance Program (GAP) grants to federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.
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The goal of this program is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs, and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with individual tribal needs and applicable federal laws and regulations.
- The GAP Online Regional User Guide (PDF) (38 pp, 1.4Mb, About PDF) is a reference for the EPA Regional Office Project Officer. The guidance explains how the Regional Project Officers can view the Region’s work plans using GAP Online.
- The GAP Online Tribal User Guide (PDF) (96 pp, 2.7Mb, About PDF) is a reference for GAP tribal grantees. The guidance explains how tribal grantees can enter their work plans and submit their work to the Region using GAP Online.
- The GAP Online Quick Reference Guide (PDF) (13 pp, 232K, About PDF) is a condensed reference for GAP tribal grantees. The guidance explains how tribal grantees can quickly enter, update, and submit work plans to the Region using GAP online.
- The GAP Online Training Video #1 - Log into GAP Online (2Mb) is a training video for GAP Online tribal grantees. The video explains how tribal grantees can log into GAP Online using a GAP Portal user account and/or a GAP Online tribal user account.
- Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Standardized Work Plan Format for FY2007 and Beyond - EPA is requiring a standardized work plan format to ensure collection of the minimum information needed for national reporting purposes, consistent with statute, grant regulations, and EPA Orders. This allows us to better characterize the environmental and public health benefits of these activities in a consistent manner. The standardized work plan format will be required for all new awards and supplemental amendments to existing awards.
- Indian General Assistance Program (GAP) 2006 Grants Administration Guidance (PDF) (33 pp, 466K, About PDF) - This guidance summarizes the issues and procedures required to ensure compliance with current grant policies and regulations. It addresses the following areas: GAP allocation; notification letters; work plan and reporting templates; environmental results; GAP national set-asides; solid waste implementation priorities; and GAP tracking electronic data entry. This guidance does not replace the "Guidelines on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Indian Tribes” (March 9, 2000).
- Guidelines on the Award and Management of General Assistance Agreements for Indian Tribes (March 9, 2000) (PDF) (45 pp, 339K, About PDF) – This guidance clarifies eligible activities under GAP and provides the national policy guidelines and criteria for the award and administration of GAP grants.
- Public Law 103-155, Amendment to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act of 1992 (PDF) (1 pg, 15K, About PDF)
- Evaluation of the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP) (PDF) (118 pp, 818K, About PDF) - a program evaluation to determine how effective GAP has been in building Tribal environmental capacity.